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Curious Connections Create Lasting Change

When he was six, Desmen Lee fell in love with basketball, and though he’s tried others, none have felt as natural as the sport that he first found at the Sarasota YMCA. A reserved young man, Desmen has always felt freer in a gym, alone knocking down free throws or...
Building Brighter Futures at North Port High School

Building Brighter Futures at North Port High School

On election days, Americans across the country are proud to wear on their lapels and T-shirts and jackets the sticker declaring, “I voted!” The sticker confers a certain status, a level of engagement in society, and a belief in a bright future. Although a month and a...
Walking the World in Support of Public Education

Walking the World in Support of Public Education

On September 22, the Informa Sarasota office hosted a Walk the World event at Historic Spanish Point. The idea behind Informa’s Walk the World is simple: get out of the office and away from screens and enjoy the company of your colleagues—all while supporting an...
Meeting Adversity with Resilience, Courage, and Compassion

Meeting Adversity with Resilience, Courage, and Compassion

When she was five, Katelyn Ginn fell off the monkey bars and completely shattered her left arm. After a nine-hour surgery, during which doctors told her mother that she would probably never use it again, her arm healed to 85%, but the accident seemed to portend a...
Keeping the Love of Learning Alive through EducateSRQ Teacher Grants

Keeping the Love of Learning Alive through EducateSRQ Teacher Grants

On September 7, the EducateSRQ Teacher Grant application window closed, and our selection committee has started reading all the 239 proposals submitted by our teachers. It’s an exciting, inspiring time for us, reading and awarding these grants. Last year was...
Cars and Coffee—and Education

Cars and Coffee—and Education

To support students and teachers as they headed back into classrooms, Suncoast Motorsports and the University Town Center (UTC) invited the Education Foundation of Sarasota County to be the featured non-profit during the August Cars and Coffee gathering.   We were...
The Power of Opening Doors

The Power of Opening Doors

As the executive director of Student Life at Youngstown State University, Jonelle Beatrice understood well the power of mentoring. At the beginning of each new school year, she paired all incoming freshmen, most of them first-generation students, with a mentor to...
Bank of America Supports PLANit Sarasota, Mentoring, and LaunchPad4U

Bank of America Supports PLANit Sarasota, Mentoring, and LaunchPad4U

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County is grateful for the generosity of Bank of America for providing $15,000 to support PLANit Sarasota, mentoring, and LaunchPad4U. Awarded in May, this grant helps us continue to engage with our community partners to reach more...
Preparing Students, All Summer Long

Preparing Students, All Summer Long

Written by Steinur Bell, senior writer. It’s the day before a new school year begins, and I’m at the Sarasota High School Student Success Center to find out what goes into preparing for a new year. I follow Cheryl Haller, a College Career Advisor with the Education...