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Event Sponsorship Opportunities

Each year, through our IGNITE Education Teacher of the Year Awards, we celebrate the inspiring, dedicated teachers of Sarasota County Schools. With the STRIVE Awards, we celebrate students who have overcome immense challenges to succeed in school.

You can help us honor the great students and teachers by sponsoring these events. With your generous financial support, we can do more for the young people and the educators who help make our community a great place to live.

IGNITE Education: Teacher of the Year

Event Date: December 9, 2021

Location: Michaels on East

Event: The Ignite Education Annual Awards Celebration showcases approximately 50 teachers in three district-wide awards:

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(1): The Sarasota County Teacher of the Year Award, teachers who exhibit commitment and leadership and who motivate students to learn through distinctive methods and passion.

(2): The Ignite Innovation Award recognizes a teacher who successfully employs innovative “outside the box” teaching methods. 

How IGNITE impacts the Education Foundation of Sarasota County’s mission: The Education Foundation is deeply committed to enhancing Sarasota County students’ readiness for college, career and life after graduation. For students to unlock their full potential, our first investment must be in our teachers. That is why we stand committed to supporting our educators through valued professional development, classroom grants, and high-quality recognition programs, such as Ignite Education.

STRIVE Awards Celebration

Event Date: TBD

Location: Michael’s On East or Virtual

Event: The STRIVE Awards event includes all seven Sarasota County High Schools including Booker, North Port, Sarasota, Riverview, Venice, Pine View and Suncoast Polytechnical. This event recognizes local high school students who have overcome serious obstacles to substantially improve their lives and provides funds to select high school seniors from each school while also recognizing juniors for their efforts in overcoming obstacles.

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How STRIVE impacts the Education Foundation of Sarasota County’s missionThe Education Foundation is committed to enhancing Sarasota County students’ readiness for college, career and life after graduation. While the Education Foundation is committed to providing dedicated advising, mentoring and resources to ALL Sarasota County students, there is considerable focus on at-risk and first-generation college students such as those recognized through the STRIVE Awards Program.

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