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April 20, 2017 - Sarasota County Wins State FAFSA Completion Award

The Talent4Tomorrow Partnership is proud to announce that Sarasota County Schools has won the top award for FAFSA completion rate amongst large school districts in the state of Florida. The award is presented based on results of the 2017 Florida FAFSA Challenge, a campaign to increase the proportion of high school seniors completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Through focused community efforts, many having been led by Talent4Tomorrow partners, 45.5% of Sarasota County high school seniors have competed the FAFSA. This is a 9.1% increase over the previous application year, which equates to an estimated additional $513,180 in Pell grants awarded to Sarasota County students. Full Release

April 12, 2017 - Sarasota County students honored at State Science-Engineering Fair

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County is pleased to announce that nine students from Sarasota County took home awards at the 2017 State Science and Engineering Fair (SSEF) of Florida held March 28-30, 2017, at The Lakeland Center in Lakeland, Florida. This year’s Fair exhibited 820+ projects with over 875 Finalists in Junior (grades 6-8) and Senior Sections (grades 9-12). Two of the award recipients from Sarasota High School, Codi Elliott and Katie Savage, will represent Sarasota County at the 2017 Intel International Science Fair to be held in May. Full Release

April 5, 2017 - Sarasota County Teacher of the Year is Riverview High Coach BJ Ivey

Riverview High School social studies teacher and basketball coach William “BJ” Ivey Jr. was named 2017 Sarasota County Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made by Superintendent Todd Bowden at the annual lunch celebration. The district’s High School Teacher of the Year was selected for the top honor from among three finalists at the annual awards ceremony honoring educators, held today at Michael’s On East in Sarasota. Full Release

April 3, 2017 - Venice High School Takes the Gold

The final match of the Academic Olympics season came to a close with Venice High School overtaking reigning champion Pine View during an intense battle on April 1, 2017. In its 36th year, the competition hosted by the Education Foundation of Sarasota County and sponsored by Dart Family Foundation ended with the Venice Indians taking home the “Culture Vulture” trophy with a final score of 228-198 over the Pine View Pythons. The Venice Chapter of the American Association of University Women and the Sarasota Branch of the Military Officers Association of America were also supporters and sponsors of the program. Full Release

April 3, 2017 - $200,000 Raised to Ensure Teacher Excellence in Sarasota County

Jennifer Vigne, President of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County, eagerly announced on March 31st the organization received over 140 donations to meet its $150,000 fundraising goal to establish The Lori White Endowment Fund. This accomplishment triggered a $50,000 capping grant from the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation. The Lori White Endowment Fund will provide unique professional development opportunities for teachers. The goal was met thanks to charitable donors including members of the Education Foundation Board of Directors and long-term supporters, area community foundations and numerous individuals whose gifts expressed deep gratitude for Lori White’s dedication to education in Sarasota County. Full Release

April 2017 E-newsletter

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March 7, 2017 - MEDIA ALERT - 2017 STEM Awards Ceremony Set for Thursday, March 9

The awards ceremony for the 2017 STEM Fair and STEM Summit will be held Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Suncoast Technical College. The STEM Fair (grades 3-5) encompassed 441 projects summited from 478 students. The STEM Summit (grades 6-12) highlighted 152 middle school projects from 198 students and 106 high school projects from 176 students. All participants were from Sarasota County public and private schools, as well as home-schooled students. Full Media Alert

March 3, 2017 - Sarasota County Student Art Helps Raise over $200,000 for Education

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County hosted the createSRQ Gala Celebration Friday, February 26 at Michael’s on the Bay at Selby Botanical Gardens. The signature fundraising event for the organization was known as Evening of Excellence for 21 years but was re-branded in 2017 as CreateSRQ to highlight the exciting changes made to the student art competition, auction format and event location. Full Release

March 2017 E-newsletter

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