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The Mystery of the Missing Mascot

The Mystery of the Missing Mascot

What happens when a school mascot goes missing and sends clues of its whereabouts from across America? This question and the wandering mascot Cooper, a cougar, were at the center of a weeklong learning adventure that transformed Cranberry Elementary School. It started...
EducateSRQ Teacher and Schoolwide Grants, Meet DonorsChoose

EducateSRQ Teacher and Schoolwide Grants, Meet DonorsChoose

Each year across Sarasota County Schools, teachers and administrators use EducateSRQ Teacher and Schoolwide Grants to transform lessons and classrooms—even entire schools. These grants allow teachers to envision dream lessons and realize them. Last year, thanks to...
Planning for Success at Sarasota Military Academy

Planning for Success at Sarasota Military Academy

On August 10, the first day of the 2022 – 2023 school year, students at Sarasota Military Academy (SMA) will return to school to find a new addition: a Student Success Center on their campus. The Education Foundation of Sarasota County is excited to open and staff...
The Power of Planning Early

The Power of Planning Early

When Gabriel Cordero and his mom left Venezuela in 2017, they left behind family and most everything they owned. He’d been to Florida before on vacation—to visit Disney and to see Miami—but during those trips, he knew he would soon return and see his friends and...
Charting a New Course to Prepare Students for Life

Charting a New Course to Prepare Students for Life

When students are inspired, when they find their purpose, school tends to make more sense. When students have personal agency and wellbeing, when they can access resources and relationships that make a difference, when they formulate a plan for life after graduation,...
Congratulations Jumpstart Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations Jumpstart Scholarship Recipients

The Education Foundation is proud to announce 32 recipients of its new Jumpstart Your Future! scholarships. These remarkable students will receive one-year Florida Prepaid College Foundation scholarships, valued at more than $110,000, which will cover 30 credit hours...
Lillee Izadi’s Improbable Journey

Lillee Izadi’s Improbable Journey

It is remarkable that in high school Lillee Izadi kept going. Her mother was absent and her father in jail. As well as attending her classes at Booker High School, she held down a job and tended to her three sisters until they moved to Ohio to live with a family...