Schools Foundation receives grant to enhance county education

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The Consortium of Florida Education Foundations recently awarded the Levy County Schools Foundation $16,249.75 in matching funds through the School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program.

The funds will be used in the 2017-18 school year to enhance classroom STEM programs; fund middle school field trips; provide classroom mentoring for new teachers; purchase needed computer equipment and support student CTE programs.

Private matching funds, required under the grant, will be provided through the Foundation’s fundraising efforts and Capital City Bank, Suncoast Credit Union and Duke Energy grants.

Through the collaborative efforts of its members, the CFEF successfully advocated for the creation of legislative matching funds in 2000 which has provided a dollar-for-dollar incentive for local education foundations to raise private contributions for eligible projects. Since then, more than $87.7 million in combined private and state dollars has been employed for local projects that serve low-performing students and literacy initiatives, encourage STEM and career/technical education, improve teaching quality, and/or increase graduation rates.

The CFEF is the membership organization for Florida’s school district-wide local education foundations. Established in 1987, CFEF maximizes the individual and collective strength of Florida local education foundations to support local partners and schools in achieving student success. CFEF now has 63-member foundations with 1,100 business and community leaders serving as volunteer board members. Collectively, they raise nearly $63 million annually to support students, teachers and schools through a variety of programs. CFEF has facilitated nearly $43 million to local education foundations since 2002 through various private and public-sector partnerships, including the State of Florida School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program.

To learn more about CFEF, visit www.educationfoundationsfl.org or contact Mary Chance, executive director, at 352-338-0250 or marychance@cfef.net. For more information, contact Donna Turner, executive director at lcsf@levyk12.org.