Throughout Florida there are many groups and organizations which serve and support our district schools (including the unsung heroes known as volunteers). While educational funding from all levels of government being a maneuver up and down over the years, an obvious victim of budget cuts to school districts have been based on governments (both federal and state) having more spending priorities than the empowering of the middle and lower classes. With all around quality of education (which propelled America in the past to become a dominant force in worldwide affairs) being destroyed, quality education is the last hope for America’s productive and successful ascension again in the world economy and equality in all aspects of our lives. School districts along the Treasure Coast of Florida have found a supplement to their local schools with the advent of Education Foundations.
The Indian River County Education Foundation heavily supports their school district; St. Lucie County’s Education Foundation as well as Martin County’s Education Foundation, help to meet the needs of their students and teachers on a regular basis. Recently, the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, Inc. was awarded the Non-Profit of the Year/Health & Human Services Award by the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches. All Treasure Coast school districts have firm educational foundations to help our children thrive now and in the future (thanks to a few valiant citizens that recognized the urgency of the need and have begun to address the need to heal America from ignorance, corruption, poverty and disease).
At the state level, The Florida Education Foundation is a not for profit corporation incorporated under the provisions of Chapter 617, Florida Statutes, and approved by the Florida Department of State, and is a Department of Education direct-support organization, as defined under Florida Statutes, Section 1001.24(1), whose purpose is to lead in education enhancements statewide through many initiatives made available to school districts.
Education Foundation of the Indian River County School District
Back in August of 2011, preceding their new school year, the Education Foundation of IRC stated, “ support begins with ‘thank you’ to all” for “Support of Education” which begins by thanking all involved in the process from the supplying of backpacks, shoes and classroom supplies to the teachers, bus drivers, custodians, food service personnel, administrative assistants, therapists, volunteers, principals, parents; everyone that contributes can be shown appreciation by a pat on the back, a hug, a handshake, a call, an email or use any way you can to say ‘thank you’ and ‘you make a difference’ (See full article below on IRC Education Foundation ‘thank you to community).
It was thought that the Education Foundation had done all in helping to supply the physical needs of the students—they then set out to unite the Indian River community with a positive, goodwill message to start the school year out right. (Also, see other IRC Education Foundation articles below of their many contributions and accomplishments to the Indian River School District which in turn supports and benefits the whole community which spreads throughout the Treasure Coast and ultimately surrounding the State of Florida.
(Read more about Indian River County’s Education Foundation under suggested articles by Teresa Myers)
The Education Foundation of the St. Lucie County School District
The following is the opening statement at the website of the St. Lucie Education Foundation. . .
The St. Lucie County Education Foundation was founded in 1990 as a non-profit, tax-exempt organization whose purpose is to support the School District of St. Lucie County teachers and students to succeed in programs not funded by tax revenue
The Foundation’s mission is, “To promote, encourage and recognize excellence in public education.”
Rich Kolleda, a Board Member and event chair, commented the following:
“The money we raised stays in St Lucie County to benefit our own students and teachers; it was a great start to summer (2011) with teachers, parents and the local business community joining together to support education.”
At the Eleventh Annual St. Lucie Education Foundation Ball, “Innovation in Education”, over $53,000 was raised. The Foundation has been and is heading in the direction it needs to accomplish the goals set out by the group. This is genuinely a “mission that is being accomplished!”
(Read more about St. Lucie County’s Education Foundation under suggested articles by Teresa Myers)
Martin County School District Education Foundation
The Education Foundation of Martin County (EFMC) is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3), community investment organization comprised of business leaders, community volunteers, and school officials with the common goal of enriching and enhancing the quality of education for students and educators in Martin County’s public schools.
The Foundation strives to increase community involvement and financial support of the educational process, encourage effective instruction, strengthen student motivation, promote academic achievement, and create initiatives that support dedicated and creative teachers; thus, supporting excellence in education!
As an independent group, the Foundation promotes this effort by raising and distributing private and corporate funds through several established programs including classroom enrichment grants, mentoring programs, professional development for teachers, special initiatives, scholarships, and programs to recognize outstanding teaching. These resources exceed the funding capabilities of the school board
Martin County Education Foundation Gets National Attention (PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ PRESS RELEASE BY PALM CITY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE).
(Read more about Martin County Education Foundation under suggested articles by Teresa Myers)
The Education Foundation of the Palm Beach County School District
Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, Inc. awarded Non-Profit of The Year
The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, Inc. was awarded the Non-Profit of the Year/Health & Human Services by the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches.
“We are thrilled to be recognized by the Chamber for our efforts on behalf of the School District of Palm Beach County. As we enter our 30th year this award will serve as our benchmark to continue providing programs and services that prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s challenges,” Mary Kay Murray, executive director for the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, Inc.
In celebration of May being Small Business Month, the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches held its Annual Business Awards Breakfast with nearly 500 community and business leaders in attendance. These awards recognize Palm Beach County companies that lead with confidence, demonstrating a solid commitment to their business goals, their employees and their local community. The awards were presented by PNC Bank.
The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, Inc. is dedicated to advancing excellence in public education by increasing public awareness and sustaining community support for programs focused on Learning, Literacy and Leadership.
For more information please contact Tracy L. Rudnick with The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County at firstname.lastname@example.org or 561-434-8428.
(Read more about Palm Beach County’s Education Foundation under suggested articles by Teresa Myers)
REF: PBCSD (Press Release) Public Affairs Office. May 2013.