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Event Sponsorship Opportunities

Each year, through the Ignite Education Teacher of the Year Awards, the Education Foundation of Sarasota County celebrates 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: January 18, 2023, at 5:30 p.m.

Location: Venice Community Center

Event: The Ignite Education Annual Awards Celebration showcases approximately 50 teachers in these districtwide awards:

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1. The Ignite Education Sarasota County Teacher of the Year Award celebrates a teacher who exhibits commitment and leadership and who motivates students to learn through distinctive methods and passion.

2. The Ignite Education Innovation Award recognizes a teacher who successfully employs innovative, “outside-the-box” teaching methods. 

How the Ignite Education Teacher of the Year Awards impacts the Education Foundation’s mission: The Education Foundation is committed to enhancing Sarasota County students’ readiness for college, career, and life after graduation. To help students unlock their full potential, we must invest 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: TBD

Event: The STRIVE Awards event includes all seven Sarasota County high schools: Booker, North Port, Riverview, Pine View, Sarasota, Suncoast Polytechnical, and Venice. This event recognizes local high school students who have overcome serious obstacles to substantially improve their lives, and it 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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