Exercise freedom and responsibility to vote for public education

Jennifer Vigne | President & CEO Posted at 6:00 AM | This July Fourth marked 269 years since Benjamin Franklin began working on his greatest experiment, that of uniting then-British colonies into one nation, and ... continue reading

Just keep planning; your future cannot wait

Thomas Williams | PLANit Sarasota Director Posted Jun 30, 2020 at 5:46 PM | The Class of 2020 STRIVE Awards honorees’ personal stories of grit and courage describe how they defied potential setbacks and unexpected ... continue reading

Venice student: Smashing barriers to make a difference

Lorett Alarcon | STRIVE Recipient, Venice High School Posted Jun 23, 2020 at 7:41 PM | Life easily could have taken a dramatically different and less promising turn at several junctures in Lorett Alarcon’s 18 ... continue reading

Climbing Out From Isolation to Creating a Fulfilling Life

Amy Tran, STRIVE Recipient, Suncoast Polytechnical High School Posted at 2:51 PM | After a move from Washington state to Florida in middle school left her feeling ostracized, bullied, and misunderstood, Amy Tran distanced herself ... continue reading

Education Foundation of Sarasota County Awards Scholarships

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County has presented four Sarasota County graduating high school seniors from the class of 2020 with $8,000 in scholarships to help them pursue their post-secondary education. Through a partnership with Suncoast Credit ... continue reading

Sarasota High Student: Confronting pain with positivity

Nicholas Saslow, Sarasota High School STRIVE Recipient Posted at 11:08 AM | “People smile when they see Nick. He is a role model and just exudes positivity.” The school counselor’s warm observation brings to mind ... continue reading

We Have Met the Enemy and It is Us

We seem to have made a real mess of ourselves. The images of our country as a strong and unified nation seem like a distant mirage as we battle a deadly novel coronavirus while also ... continue reading

Sarasota student: From personal loss to creating tangible solutions for others

Ryan Hicks, Riverview High School STRIVE Recipient Posted Jun 2, 2020 at 9:09 AM | At first glance, engineering design, dentistry, and architecture seem to have little in common. For Riverview High School graduating senior ... continue reading

Pine View Student Translates Grief into Advocacy for Suicide Prevention

Marissa Fontaine, Pine View School senior Posted May 26, 2020 at 1:01 PM | What would you say to comfort a friend who lost a loved one to suicide? “Try to continue to live your ... continue reading

North Port High Student: From Broken to Running

Posted May 19, 2020 at 1:31 PM | “Life can change in an instant” is not just an often-cited quote but a fact of life for Wendy Renoit. All it took was one second in ... continue reading


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