Past News

October 2017

October 18, 2017 -  Education Foundation of Sarasota County Grants over $60,000 to Sarasota County Schools

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County has granted over $60,000 in funding for Sarasota County Schools to support its Middle School College and Career Readiness Project. This funding provides over 6,300 students in eight middle schools The Naviance College & Career Readiness Curriculum, allowing students to develop skills and college knowledge needed to reach their post-secondary goals, and AchieveWORKS assessments, providing a comprehensive profile of each student’s strengths. This grant was made possible thanks to generous donations from the Koski Family Foundation and the Roberta Leventhal Sudakoff Foundation. Full Release

October 17, 2017 -  #SRQHacks "Hack Your Education" - Education Foundation of Sarasota County hosts 2nd Annual Hackathon

Powered by the Education Foundation of Sarasota County, the region’s second annual student hackathon was held October 13-15, 2017, at Ringling College of Art + Design. The intense, three-day immersive experience paired nearly 100 students age 13-18 years old with over 40 mentors, forming 10 teams that worked to “hack their education” by creating technological applications designed to advance student learning. The event was made possible thanks to lead event sponsor Gulf Coast Community Foundation with support from Catalina Charitable Foundation, Sarasota Underground, Informa, WUSF Public Media, LogicJunction and United Data Technologies. Full Release

October 10, 2017 - MEDIA ALERT - Education Foundation of Sarasota County hosts 2nd Annual Hackathon

Powered by the Education Foundation of Sarasota County, the region’s second annual student hackathon will be held October 13-15, 2017. The intense, three-day immersive experience will pair 100 students with over 60 mentors, forming teams that will work to “hack their education” by creating technological applications designed to advance student learning. Full Media Alert

October 2017 E-newsletter - The Achiever

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August 2017

August 31, 2017 - Education Foundation Receives Grant to Expand Conflict Resolution Program

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County received a $12,500 grant from the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee (JFSM) to expand the Restorative Strategies Initiative in Sarasota County Schools.  The program is designed to promote positive behavior through problem-solving, conflict resolution and the careful establishment of expectations. Full Release

August 30, 2017 - MEDIA ALERT - Sarasota County Schools Hosts Fall College Night September 7

Local high school students and parents can meet representatives from more than 100 colleges and universities from across the U.S. Schools scheduled to send representatives include post-secondary institutions in the State University System of Florida as well as public and private colleges and universities from across the nation. Representatives of various military academies and military recruiters will also attend. Full Media Alert

July 2017

July 24, 2017 - Local Students Take on Cybersecurity in Summer Camp

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County was one of the distinguished organizations across the United States selected to participate in the 2017 season of the Air Force Association’s (AFA) CyberCamp Program. During the week of July 17-21, 2017, 45 Sarasota County middle and high school students participated in the inaugural CyberCamp, hosted in partnership with Riverview High School and the Sylint Group. The international cybersecurity firm donated over 20 hours to teach the sold-out camp and connect the AFA curriculum to the real-world field applications. Riverview High JROTC cadets and the Sarasota-Manatee AFA chapter also provided volunteer assistance. Full Release


June 2017

June 12, 2017 - Education Foundation Names Suncoast Scholarship Recipients  

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County awarded 2017 graduates Johann Vazquez-Rosas of Sarasota Military Academy and Nicole Uthuppan of Pine View School each a $2,000 scholarship as a result of a grant from Suncoast Schools Credit Union Foundation. Vazquez-Rosas will be attending University of Florida and Uthuppan will continue her academic studies at Florida State University. Full Release

June 2017 E-newsletter - Year in Review

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May 2017

May 25, 2017 - MEDIA ALERT - College & Career Center Opens at Booker Middle School

The grand opening of The Cube at Booker Middle School, a college and career center “powered by” the Education Foundation of Sarasota County. Designed by Fawley Bryant Architects, The Cube is equipped with computer stations, collaborative work areas, a white board, and a college and career resource library. Plans for the 2017-2018 school year are in progress with a focus on exposing students to a wide variety of college and career pathways through after school programs and activities. Full Media Alert

May 15, 2017 - Area Middle School Students Get Hands On Look at Careers in Healthcare

Students from Booker and McIntosh Middle Schools will get a hands-on look at careers in healthcare this week when they visit CAE Healthcare and Sarasota Memorial Hospital, respectively, as part of a new career explorations’ series funded by the Education Foundation of Sarasota County. The series, which is part of Sarasota County Schools’ EdExploreSRQ program, aims to deliver real world learning experiences for students in fields ranging from manufacturing and construction to law, biotech, the arts, healthcare and other industries. Full Release

May 10, 2017 - MEDIA ALERT - 2017 Most Improved Student Award Luncheons

High school students who have overcome challenges to make positive changes in their lives will be honored with the Most Improved Student Award during two ceremonies in May. The names of the students will be announced at each event.

The 10th annual Most Improved Student Award event for North Port High School will recognize 10 seniors on May 18, 2017 during a luncheon starting at 11:30 AM at Heron Creek Country Club. Full Media Alert

May 2017 E-newsletter

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April 2017

April 28, 2017 - Education Foundation Elects Four New Board Members

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County announced the addition of Asim Chauhan, Britt Riner, Dr. Alok Sharma and Juan Villaveces to the Board of Directors. Each was elected to serve a three-year term. They join the current board members of Tom Koski, Stuart Henderson, Ariane Dart, Tricia Fulton, Jason Swift, Cathi Bell, John McIntyre and Kimberly Page Walker. Full Release

April 20, 2017 - Sarasota County Wins State FAFSA Completion Award

The Talent4Tomorrow Partnership is proud to announce that Sarasota County Schools has won the top award for FAFSA completion rate amongst large school districts in the state of Florida. The award is presented based on results of the 2017 Florida FAFSA Challenge, a campaign to increase the proportion of high school seniors completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Through focused community efforts, many having been led by Talent4Tomorrow partners, 45.5% of Sarasota County high school seniors have competed the FAFSA. This is a 9.1% increase over the previous application year, which equates to an estimated additional $513,180 in Pell grants awarded to Sarasota County students. Full Release

April 12, 2017 - Sarasota County students honored at State Science-Engineering Fair

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County is pleased to announce that nine students from Sarasota County took home awards at the 2017 State Science and Engineering Fair (SSEF) of Florida held March 28-30, 2017, at The Lakeland Center in Lakeland, Florida. This year’s Fair exhibited 820+ projects with over 875 Finalists in Junior (grades 6-8) and Senior Sections (grades 9-12). Two of the award recipients from Sarasota High School, Codi Elliott and Katie Savage, will represent Sarasota County at the 2017 Intel International Science Fair to be held in May. Full Release

April 5, 2017 - Sarasota County Teacher of the Year is Riverview High Coach BJ Ivey

Riverview High School social studies teacher and basketball coach William “BJ” Ivey Jr. was named 2017 Sarasota County Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made by Superintendent Todd Bowden at the annual lunch celebration. The district’s High School Teacher of the Year was selected for the top honor from among three finalists at the annual awards ceremony honoring educators, held today at Michael’s On East in Sarasota. Full Release

April 3, 2017 - Venice High School Takes the Gold

The final match of the Academic Olympics season came to a close with Venice High School overtaking reigning champion Pine View during an intense battle on April 1, 2017. In its 36th year, the competition hosted by the Education Foundation of Sarasota County and sponsored by Dart Family Foundation ended with the Venice Indians taking home the “Culture Vulture” trophy with a final score of 228-198 over the Pine View Pythons. The Venice Chapter of the American Association of University Women and the Sarasota Branch of the Military Officers Association of America were also supporters and sponsors of the program. Full Release

April 3, 2017 - $200,000 Raised to Ensure Teacher Excellence in Sarasota County

Jennifer Vigne, President of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County, eagerly announced on March 31st the organization received over 140 donations to meet its $150,000 fundraising goal to establish The Lori White Endowment Fund. This accomplishment triggered a $50,000 capping grant from the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation. The Lori White Endowment Fund will provide unique professional development opportunities for teachers. The goal was met thanks to charitable donors including members of the Education Foundation Board of Directors and long-term supporters, area community foundations and numerous individuals whose gifts expressed deep gratitude for Lori White’s dedication to education in Sarasota County. Full Release

April 2017 E-newsletter

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March 2017

March 7, 2017 - MEDIA ALERT - 2017 STEM Awards Ceremony Set for Thursday, March 9

The awards ceremony for the 2017 STEM Fair and STEM Summit will be held Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Suncoast Technical College. The STEM Fair (grades 3-5) encompassed 441 projects summited from 478 students. The STEM Summit (grades 6-12) highlighted 152 middle school projects from 198 students and 106 high school projects from 176 students. All participants were from Sarasota County public and private schools, as well as home-schooled students. Full Media Alert

March 3, 2017 - Sarasota County Student Art Helps Raise over $200,000 for Education

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County hosted the createSRQ Gala Celebration Friday, February 26 at Michael’s on the Bay at Selby Botanical Gardens. The signature fundraising event for the organization was known as Evening of Excellence for 21 years but was re-branded in 2017 as CreateSRQ to highlight the exciting changes made to the student art competition, auction format and event location. Full Release

March 2017 E-newsletter

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February 2017

February 2017 E-newsletter

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February 2, 2017 - Sarasota County Teacher of the Year Finalists Surprised at Three Schools

Teachers at three public schools in Sarasota were surprised Thursday, Feb. 2, when they were revealed as the district’s 2017-18 Teacher of the Year finalists. The annual Teacher Tribute Tour team included Superintendent of Schools Lori White, School Board Chairwoman Caroline Zucker, Education Foundation President Jennifer Vigne and other representatives of the Foundation and the school district, past winners and special guests, who congratulated the teachers as their students and peers helped celebrate the event. One of the three finalists will be named the district’s overall Teacher of the Year on April 5. Full Release

January 2017

January 27, 2017 - Local Foundation Pilots College Seminar at Sarasota High School

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County partnered with My College Resource and Sarasota County Schools to host the first area College Admissions Planning Seminar (CAPS) at Sarasota High School Monday, January 23, 2017. The CAPS event was a pilot program designed to assist students and parents understand the college admissions process.  Representatives from 20 colleges (see below) shared valuable information with over 250 Sarasota High School students and their parents during the event which included a keynote address, small group sessions and an intimate college fair. Full Release

January 10, 2017 - Education Foundation Hosts Screening of Sundance-Selected Documentary

Sarasota, FL (January 2017) – The Education Foundation of Sarasota County will host a free community screening of the Sundance-Selected documentary Most Likely To Succeed at USF Sarasota-Manatee Selby Auditorium on Thursday, February 26th at 5:30pm. Based on the book of the same name by Tony Wagner and Ted Dintersmith, the film Most Likely to Succeed offers an inspiring look at what students and teachers are capable of—if we have the vision and courage to transform our schools. Directed by acclaimed documentarian Greg Whiteley, the film has been an official selection of two dozen of the world’s top film festivals, including Sundance, Tribeca, and AFI DOCS. Full Release

January 5, 2017 - Local Foundation Gala Celebrates Arts Education | The Evening of Excellence Evolves and is Re-branded as CreateSRQ

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County announces the evolution of Evening of Excellence. Re-branded as CreateSRQ, this multi-faceted initiative created to elevate arts education has become the area’s preeminent high school arts competition and exhibit. The arts exhibit has been enhanced to also include a traveling art show in which the TOP 25 pieces will be displayed at 20 high profile locations across Sarasota County including The Met Fashion House, Sarasota Yacht Club, the Sarasota Opera, Selby Gardens, University Park Country Club, Venetian River & Golf Club and the North Port Arts Center. Full Release

January 2017 E-newsletter

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