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August 15, 2018 - Education Foundation Elects New Board Members

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County announced the addition of six new members to the board of directors. Nancy Harris, Kent A. Hayes and Anne Rollings are new members elected to serve three-year terms that began May 2018. Teacher and student representatives elected to one-year terms are William “B.J.” Ivey, teacher and coach at Riverview High School (RHS) and the 2017 Sarasota County Teacher of the Year; Michael Feltovic, senior at RHS; and Stephanie Hawkins, senior at North Port High School. Full Release


July 20, 2018 - Education Foundation Names New College, Career and Life Readiness Initiative Team

Jennifer Vigne, President of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County, has announced Suzanne Burke as the Director of College, Career and Life readiness. In her new role, Burke is the liaison with the Sarasota County Schools district and campuses, as well as community partners, in focusing exclusively on the Education Foundation’s strategic initiative centering on students’ readiness for postsecondary success. Full Release


Summer Support - Three Ways to Support the EFSC This Summer

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May 2018 E-newsletter - The Achiever | 2017-18 Year in Review

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April 24, 2018 -  Students Overcome Odds and STRIVE To Pursue Their Path

Students from North Port, Venice, Riverview, Sarasota, and Booker High School who have made positive changes in their lives while overcoming personal and/or academic difficulties will be honored during a ceremony on April 24th at Michael’s On East in Sarasota. Chosen by their guidance counselors, five juniors and five seniors from each school will be recognized. Each senior will also be presented a $2,500 scholarship to aid in the student’s pursuit of a postsecondary education.  Full Media Alert


April 2, 2018 -  Meteor Landing Makes A "Great Impact" on Venice Schools

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County funded the “Great Impact” Meteor Landing, a schoolwide immersive grant designed to bring earth space science and geology to life for students. Students of Venice Elementary School (VES) and adjacent Venice High School (VHS) returned from spring break on Monday, April 2, 2018, to discover a meteor had skidded across the lawn and landed on campus. USF professors and graduate students responded as NASA scientists, quarantined the meteor with caution tape and began processing the site utilizing apparent sterilizing techniques, outward observation procedures, and collecting scientific data. Full Release


April 2018 E-newsletter - The Achiever

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March 19, 2018 -  Outbreak at Booker Middle School Deemed Safe 

Education Foundation implements a school-wide, immersive program to teach career readiness through real-world scenarios.

An outbreak discovered within the simulated city at Booker Middle School has been deemed safe. Scientists from the University of South Florida arrived on the scene at daybreak to evaluate suspicious mold found on one of the buildings and determined the bacteria is a strain of probiotic. Dr. Mitch Ruzek, the lead contamination response scientist, explained to staff and students that probiotics are a form of “healthy” bacteria often added into yogurts and medications to assist with digestive health. Full Release


March 2018 E-newsletter - The Achiever

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January 30, 2018 -  PNC Awards $150,000 Grant to Education Foundation - Partnership with Forty Carrots Expands Parenting Education to Title One Schools

PNC has awarded $150,000 to the Education Foundation of Sarasota County in partnership with Forty Carrots Family Center designed to improve the school success of young children in Sarasota County Title One elementary schools. The three-year grant will expand the Partners In Play℠ program to Gocio Elementary School and allow Forty Carrots to offer Abriendo Puertas Bilingual Parenting Education (Parent University) at Gocio and Alta Vista Elementary Schools. Full Release

January 2018 E-newsletter - The Achiever

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January 10, 2018 -  Education Foundation Hosts Annual High School Art Exhibit

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County will host the annual createSRQ High School Juried Arts Exhibit January 13-15, 2018. Created to elevate arts education, createSRQ has become the area’s preeminent high school arts competition. The exhibit of over 200 pieces of art submitted by Sarasota County high school students will be on display at the Roskamp Exhition Hall at Ringling College of Art + Design. The free exhibit is open to the public daily from 12pm to 4pm. Full Release


December 2017 E-newsletter - The Achiever

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December 13, 2017 -  District's 2018 Sarasota County Teacher of the Year is Riverview High English Teacher

Es Swihart, an English teacher at Riverview High School, was named the 2018 Sarasota County Teacher of the Year at the Ignite Education event, a celebration hosted by the Education Foundation of Sarasota County. This is the second year in a row Superintendent Todd Bowden has presented this honor to a teacher from Riverview. Full Release


December 2017 SRQ Magazine - PROJECTHINK Feature

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November 14, 2017 -  Sarasota County Teacher of the Year finalists surprised at 3 schools

Teachers at three schools in Sarasota County were surprised Tuesday, Nov. 13, when they were revealed as the district’s elementary, middle and high school Teachers of the Year and the 2018 Teacher of the Year finalists. The annual Teacher Tribute Tour team traveled to each school together on a bus. This year’s team included Superintendent of Schools Todd Bowden, School Board members, Education Foundation President Jennifer Vigne and other representatives of the foundation and the school district, past winners and special guests. They congratulated the teachers as their students and school staff helped celebrate the event. One of the three finalists will be named the district’s overall Teacher of the Year at the Ignite Education event at the Westin Sarasota on Dec. 13. Full Release


November 2017 E-newsletter - The Achiever

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