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THE FOUNDATION FOR LEE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS INC

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Educational Services, Human Services, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid, Youth Development Programs

Mission:

We are a non-profit charitable education foundation which enhances and enriches the quality of public education in Lee County for students and educators through programs, resources and experiences made possible through corporate, individual and educational partnerships.

Target demographics: enhance and enrich student education

Geographic areas served: Lee County Public Schools

Programs:

The Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Progam which recognizes and rewards excellence in teaching.  

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools were amazing, they came into my classroom and worked with all my students for multiple days covering financial literacy. I was highly impressed with the multiple guest speakers and how real they are with our students. I loved the activity they did when the students had to build a budget! It was eye opening for my student!!! Thank you for your beautiful generosity!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools is an amazing organization. I have experienced the wonderful work of this foundation as both a parent and a teacher. As a teacher I see the impact of the Take Stock in Children program to keep at risk kids on the right track. I also receive unparalleled support through their teacher supply "store" where teachers receive free classroom supplies and through their teacher grants funding innovative classroom projects. Teachers can even put in a specific request for materials and they will make it happen! Their Golden Apple program provides recognition of the fabulous teachers in our district and gives teachers the morale and appreciation they so deeply deserve. As a parent, I have enjoyed the support and help through the dancing classrooms program and scholarships the Foundation organizes. These programs only touch the surface of all that the Foundation does for the Lee County community and our children. Marshall Bower and his staff are amazing!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Foundation for Lee County Schools has helped my classes every year since I've been teaching, whether it is school grants that fund teachers projects that can not be funded. Some of which had allowed us to purchase and use hydroponics systems. The knowlwge of these systems have allowed my program to share and build systems in other schools.
The Foundation help fund me to take aquaponic classes, which I have incorporated in my sustainability program and have taught other schools, community members and missions to set up systems in other countries.
Needles to say The Foundation of Lee County schools has to be one of the very best non profits around.
Sincerely,
Joe Mallon
Director of Island Coast High Schools Academy of Natural Resources

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The foundation has been incredible in supporting Lee County teachers. They provided funding to take my 11th graders on a field trip in 2015 and my sixth graders on two field trips in 2016. They recognize excellence in teaching through their annual Golden Apple events and support improvement through the summer Collegium program.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools is an absolute blessing. The Foundation has provided unfaltering support to not just the teachers of Lee County, but also to the over 87,000 students who attend schools within our district.
As a recipient of several Foundation Grants, I have been able to introduce my students, the youth and future of Lee County, to theater productions, museums and more. These are things that many of my students would have never otherwise had the opportunity to enjoy, and as a result not only did it serve to enrich their educational experience, but also their lives.
The Foundation also provides much needed student centered programs. Programs such as the A Team Challenge, College and Career Readiness, Dancing Classroom and Futuremakers are all aimed at ensuring that our children have every opportunity to explore, discover and receive guidance to reach their potential.
Finally, I would like to note that The Foundation works tirelessly to ensure that the teachers of Lee County are recognized through the Golden Apple Recognition Program. This is no small feat. It involves countless hours to organize, orchestrate and coordinate an event of this scope, and The Foundation manages to do it every time with grace and elegance.
Marshall Bower and his dynamic staff wore tirelessly to develop business partnerships that provide the necessary sponsorship to make this program, and all of the other programs they run, successful.
I honestly do not know what I would do without the support of The Foundation.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools Inc is an exceptional group. They support and believe in our local teachers beyond any other foundation I've ever witnessed. They truly believe in our teachers. We are blessed to have Marshall Bower and his staff supporting our teachers and students.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I teach at a Title 1 high school in Lee County and my students, although they have the drive and the will to succeed, generally are missing the THINGS that most take for granted. I know I can always count on the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools to help me when I have a need. It's not only the school supplies (high school students are neither small nor cute but they have the same needs as elementary school kids. It's just harder to get help for them), they have been there for so much more!
The Take Stock program has taken students from poverty to college and beyond. There are so many kids who have had their lives changed with this program I can't even begin to count but oh, what a wonderful thing it is!
They were there when I was teaching an online class to kids without computers long before we went 1:1 with the Digital Divide program, there are many, many successful college kids who are still using their computer! Plus they donated a used laptop that went to a student who was graduating, she's using it at FSW...another success.
When my HOSA team was short on funds to go to state competition, they were there. Every single thing, every single time, every single child. They are the BEST.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The foundation for lee county public schools is the most positive and supportive group to the public school system. They make teachers feel like rock stars.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The amazing people at the Foundation have supported countless generations of students through providing free supplies and materials to all of Lee County. They also awarded me the honor of a lifetime, bestowing one of six Golden Apples upon me. As a result, I have attended top-down trainings that make me a better educator, providing my students with a higher level of education.i have also seen the Foundation transform lives through their Scholarship programs. One of my former students is set to become the first in his family to make it to, and graduate from, college; a dream impossible without the financial support of the Foundation.
It is not everyday that we Notice the Angels who walk amongst us. Spend a day at the Foundation and you will see a cornucopia of Angels, some with shinier halos than others.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I are mentoring two wonderful high school students. Both are very capable, but it is meaningful to them and to us to spend time together, discussing college options, jobs, talking with them about their subjects and grades, and helping by working with school counselors if needed. They know they have someone to come to with questions, concerns, and guidance. We have been able to discuss personal issues about family and friends, and have just been there to listen. Financially, this program is a huge help for both of them in terms of their educational futures. This opportunity is an amazing gift for us and we hope really beneficial for them. Sue and John Miller

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had privilege of getting to work with the members of the Foundation for Lee County Schools. They truly have teachers best interest at heart and strive to help teachers with resources.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Nonprofits abound in the education field, but the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools has a proven track record of improving the lives and kids and educators for decades now. The Foundation is staffed by a small group of people committed to our students in Lee County and the teachers that serve them, so despite their small size they develop innovative ways of making a positive impact, and do so tirelessly. Having participated in a variety of their programs and having had countless students take advantage of the opportunities provided by the Foundation, I can attest that the money that comes into the Foundation goes overwhelmingly to kids and teachers. Public schools need help from their communities, so that they can develop the future members of that community and Lee County Schools are no exception. That assistance isn't always forthcoming from official sources, so the work of the Foundation is absolutely critical in ensuring our schools are doing the best possible job in improving outcomes for kids in measurable and sustainable ways.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Foundation does so much to support Lee County teachers! From the Golden Apple program and Collegium to the Teacher Resource Center, they have our backs all year long!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools was very instrumental in serving as a liaison for me as President of the Lee County Foreign Language Association (LCFLA). The task was to present John De Mado, World Language motivational speaker and consultant, to the membership as we began a Reading in a World Language initiative. The Foundation assisted in our working with the Ft. Myers News-Press to secure their meeting room for our gathering. The presentation was an amazing success as John De Mado was spectacular and our initiative to emphasize reading a World Language proceeded without a blemish. The Foundation also runs a Golden Apple Teachers Program of which I have been a finalist for at least 5 different years and a Teacher of Distinction at least twice. This recognition has allowed me to take advantage of my recognized expertise by accepting an invitation to assist in the development of an International Student Academy at one of the new Lee County high schools. This invitation includes also working closely with their World Language Department. The Foundation has been instrumental in allowing me to create a very strong profile as a World Language Specialist in Lee County.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools does a great job both supporting and appreciating teachers. They regularly provide access to resources in the form of supplies and books at their Education Resource Center. Their Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program helps celebrate the amazing teachers we have in Lee County. Each year the Golden Apple Banquet provides a platform to not only celebrate the Golden Apple Award winners, but also celebrates the teaching profession. The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools hosts a gala that truly celebrates our teachers.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This non-profit cares deeply about the education of our Lee County students and its teachers. I just spent one week of training in June and the Foundation for Lee County Public schools facilitated the training and took care of all of our needs during the week. The training was "Choosing Excellence" and research has shown that schools that faithfully implement these practices see positive results. I was honored to be asked to attend the training because I had been recognized as a teacher of distinction. The week was life-changing as we not only learning new strategies to use in our classrooms, but we were able to collaborate with other talented educators.
The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools also has a resource center where we can get supplies for our classrooms. This is a huge help for all of us but especially for new teachers. I appreciate all that the Foundation does for us and know they have out students in mind at all times.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The students at my high school are from a high-risk, poverty stricken community, so when the opportunity to apply for this Foundation grant became available, I jumped on it. Never having written a grant before, I took the plunge anyway - and The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools team gave me all the tools and support I needed. I was shocked when I won the award, and it is all due to the help this Foundation team members gave me. The team always responded promptly to my many emails/phone calls in a warm and helpful manner. It was such an honor to partner with The Foundation of Lee County Public Schools, and the students were enriched by the experience, both academically and personally. This nonprofit is outstanding as they strive to partner with the true needs of our community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Foundation for Lee County Schools is amazing and necessary! Their work with the Golden Apple Teacher program alone promotes positive feedback and commitment to improvement in education. They provide much needed supplies to the classrooms, scholarships to our students, continuous education to the teachers, and much more!

Board Member

Rating: 5

As President of the Teachers Association of Lee County and a member of the Board for the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, I am constantly amazed at the amount and quality of the work they do for our Lee Co. public schools. In discussing other local foundations with my colleagues across the state, I become increasingly grateful that our foundation seems to be head and shoulders above others.

One example is the work they did in helping us secure and manage a $250,000 grant from the National Education Association Foundation targeting "Closing the Achievement Gap". The Foundation's willingness to serve as the fiscal agent made this amazing opportunity possible.

I am proud to be a part of the Foundation Board and their phenomenal staff.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools is a wonderful partner for businesses in Lee County who wish to contribute to the improvement of the School system in Lee County. They provide numerous programs which allows us to have in impact on the teachers and Students in Lee County Schools.