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An Unexpected Phone Call Expands Possibilities

An Unexpected Phone Call Expands Possibilities

This past summer, William Moragne missed an unknown phone call. The voicemail provided a clue: it was Cheryl Haller, an Education Foundation of Sarasota County College Career Advisor at the Student Success Center at Sarasota High School, where William attends. But it...
Meet Our Development Team

Meet Our Development Team

Carla Weiland is our director of development, donor relations. She has worked in fundraising for over 20 years, including at the State of New Jersey University system and the State of New York University system (SUNY). Carla moved to Port Charlotte from New Jersey...
Sun Chip Girl Meets Lady in Red

Sun Chip Girl Meets Lady in Red

At North Port High School, Jenna Thiel knows well the students who visit her Student Success Center. The Education Foundation of Sarasota County College Career Advisor is quick to engage her students and assess their level of readiness for life after high school. She...

Education Foundations Fuel Innovation

Hard as it is to believe today, in the early 1900s many Americans viewed automobiles suspiciously. After all, those new contraptions were no match for horses. It can take major disruptions to alter entrenched perspectives, but necessity is a powerful change agent....
Julianna’s Unlikely Journey to Engineering

Julianna’s Unlikely Journey to Engineering

Julianna Syros knows her way around restaurants. For generations, her family—in Michigan, Philadelphia, and Florida—has owned and run them. Her grandfathers immigrated from Greece to America when they were in their late teens, entering at Ellis Island, and both...
Teachers Make Learning Music More Accessible—and Fun

Teachers Make Learning Music More Accessible—and Fun

March is Music in Our Schools Month, a time to celebrate how music education creates joy in the lives of K – 12 students across the country. It’s a time to celebrate the act of creating, collaborating, and performing. For two music teachers at Title I schools in...
Unearthed Artifacts Spark Curiosity at Glenallen Elementary School

Unearthed Artifacts Spark Curiosity at Glenallen Elementary School

A cold morning is no match for a child’s curiosity. So it was on Monday, February 14, that the adults at Glenallen Elementary School stood around shivering in the blustery morning while the first-grade students, some in shorts, stared into an archeological dig site,...
Hard Work, Planning, and Applying for Scholarships Pay Off

Hard Work, Planning, and Applying for Scholarships Pay Off

Before beginning her freshman year in high school, Rousemary Aguilar Estrada made the difficult decision to move from Mexico City to Florida so she could pursue her education in the U.S. While she understood the opportunities this move afforded her, she still...
Mentors Leave an Indelible Mark

Mentors Leave an Indelible Mark

Alyssia Lazin, a renowned photographer, artist, and designer, sees life divided into three parts: learning, earning, and serving. Two years ago, she felt ready to explore the last third. She had heard about mentoring through the Education Foundation of Sarasota...
Robots and Models and Meals and More

Robots and Models and Meals and More

In the foyer of a building on the Suncoast Technical College campus, two robots race around a confined area moving objects and collecting purple plastic donuts. Rapt bystanders watch the frenetic movements. As time winds down, one of the robots, controlled remotely,...