Party on the Pass: Five Reasons to Support the Sarasota Education Foundation
This year’s 4th annual Party on the Pass event is destined to be awesome! We’ve sold out three years in a row, so we encourage you to purchase your tickets ASAP, and support the commendable causes of Trinity Charities and the Education Foundation of Sarasota County.
Why Support the Education Foundation of Sarasota County?
1. Incredible contributions
The Education Foundation is on course to invest $1.2 million in technology, literacy, student awards, teacher recognition and other programs.
2. Delivering Technology to Students in Need
Texcellence has delivered recycled computers, training and tech support to more than 7,000 students in need since the project began in April 2007. The installation of 30 new Education Foundation Digital Learning Labs is underway at local youth-serving agencies and Sarasota County Libraries. These Labs provide a safe, secure environment for students who otherwise do not have access to computers, educational software and skills training they need to succeed in the classroom – and in life.
3. Support for Struggling Readers
As of this year, we have invested over $250,000 in Literacy for Life training and materials for struggling readers in high schools. Funding was made possible by the State of Florida through the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations and The Koski Foundation. The impact has been dramatic – 10th grade FCAT writing scores have increased significantly.
4. Supporting Creativity and Entrepreneurship
Also, this year we awarded a record number of Classroom Grants to Sarasota County’s most creative and entrepreneurial teachers for projects they design to reach every student in their classrooms. Teachers received $348,156 through our Edge of Excellence and Exploration Grants programs to provide high quality enrichment and experiential learning opportunities for students during the 2013-2014 school year.
5. Acknowledging and Appreciating Excellent Teachers The Teacher of the Year program honored top teachers throughout the district. Taylor Ranch Elementary science teacher Lisa Figueroa captured the top honors. The three finalists won thousands of dollars in cash awards and prizes from Education Foundation sponsors, and Figueroa will represent the district at the state competition this July.