Mission: To financially and materially support marion county public schools, its students and teachers. This is done by focusing community interest on public education; initiating support and underwriting projects and programs that benefit students, teachers, administrators, and marion county public schools.
Programs: Take stock in children is a program for deserving low-income children in marion county to escape the cycle of poverty by offering students college scholarships if they follow program guidelines. Each student is also provided a caring volunteer mentor that meets with the student once a week for all 4 years of high school. The goal is to reduce high school drop-outs and increase the number of students who finish college. During the 2016- 2017 year there were 196 active high school students in the program with each of those students having a 100% mentor match. There are 165 active student mentors with some mentoring more than 1 student. A total of 330,000 was given out in college tuition scholarships. The program boosts a 96% high school graduation rate compared to 57% of their at risk peers.
tools 4 teaching is designed to allow teachers to obtain free teaching materials and other free supplies for their classrooms and students in need. The goal is to allow both teachers and students to have the tools necessary for success. All marion county public school teachers may shop once a month for free supplies. Teachers who have the materials and supplies necessary to teach are more motivated to teach and the quality of their teaching is improved. In past surveys, teachers reported that having adequate schools supplies improved student grades, attendance and behavior. During the 2016-2017 year, toos 4 teaching hosted a total of 6,500 shopping trips & provided over 800,780 in free supplies.
grant for great ideas is a competitive grant program open to all marion county public schools teachers and principals. The grants provide financial resources to implement creative and innovative curriculum and programs that otherwise would not be funded. The grant applications are scored by a group of community volunteers and foundation board members. Grants are scored on the following criteria: 1. Addresses a need or creates an opportunity. 2. Will positively impact student learning. 3. Measureable outcomes are realistic. 4. Follow-up evaluation. 5. Number of low performing and overall students impacted. During the 2016-17 school year, 22,794 students, including 12,000 low performing students, were positively impacted by one of 49 funded grants.
there are other programs such as business partners and educational project fund (scholarships, new teacher orientation, literacy). Business partners is a program that establishes relationships between public schools and the business community to enhance educational excellence. These partnerships are multi-year commitments in which businesses provide additional funding for campus-wide projects. 33 of the available 50 schools were partnered during the year.