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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

48 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Foundation for Lee County Schools provides endless support for me and the over 10,000 employees, 90,000 students, their families and the community her in Lee County Florida. Some of the student centric activities of the Foundation’s work include: Take Stock in Children: a program offering college scholarships, caring volunteer mentors, and hope for a better life to low-income and at-risk students, many from minority families, to escape the cycle of poverty through education. Students join the program in middle school and are supported through their transition to college. Students who stay in the program receive a four-year scholarship. Student Advocacy and Mentoring Partnership: a program that pairs students with volunteer mentors to provide college and career planning resources and mentoring to give students extensive assistance, motivation and accountability to help ensure graduation. Scholarships: There are five other scholarships awarded to multiple students in each of the five categories each year, ranging from $1,000 to full four-year costs for attendance at a college or university. Kids TAG Art, in which elementary students design license plates which are judged, and the winners from each school are sent to the Lee County Tax Collector for production and sale to the public. The proceeds are returned to the schools to enhance art programs. Over 5,600 5th graders in 49 elementary schools may participate. College and Career Center for free workshops, mentoring, study places, tutoring, financial aid and college entry guidance, and support are offered students.
Another project the Foundation sponsors is the Classroom Grants program. By securing support from local business and securing grants from other sources, the Foundation makes Classroom grants of up to $500 for teachers to fund projects within their classroom. I have been fortunate to have been awarded a number of these grants over the years and have been able to enhance and enrich my students’ learning. I teach Criminal Justice, and with grants from the foundation have purchased law related novels for my students to study in the context of both law and English Language Arts. My students have studied The Ox-Bow Incident and Inherit the Wind. Their curriculum has been enhanced with The Supreme Court - Data Based Writing, a book which enables students to dissect landmark Supreme Court Cases in the context of principles of critical reading and writing. With another grant I was able to purchase 2-way radios which enabled me to teach students proper communication and team work techniques. Another year, the grant funded the purchase of American Heart Association workbooks so my students could learn and become certified in First Aid, CPR/AED. None of those learning experiences would have been possible for my students were it not for the Classroom Grant program of the Foundation for Lee County Schools.
One of my students who graduated last year and went on to college this fall sent me a nice message a few weeks ago. Sometimes students stay in touch after graduation, but this young woman’s message was of note. She told me, “Thank you for teaching me to write. College is hard, but you made it much easier, teaching me to write. She was referring to the essay she wrote when she read The Ox-Bow Incident, a book I obtained through the Foundation.
Those are among the many reasons the Foundation for Lee County Schools is a Five Star non-profit organization.

Lyn B.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been an evaluator in their efforts to give high school students scholarships. It's a wonderful program.
As a Golden Apple teacher I have attended the well planned and orchestrated annual dinners.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools Inc. is a wonderful advocate for the importance of education within the community through teacher recognition programs such as The Golden Apple award and obtaining school supply donations so teachers do not have the burden of purchasing school supplies. Their support for education is a model that others should follow!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools does amazing things for our schools and community! I have been in the Lee County School District for 33 years as both a teacher and currently an administrator. The professional development and positivity that they share so the teaching profession is held in high esteem is noticed and much appreciated. I could go on and on about the people who work tirelessly as a team under the leadership of Marshall Bower but it would take hours and hours. The Golden Apple Recognition Program, The Academy of Teachers, Take Stock in Children to name a few programs that they lead are quite impressive. They do these things so our students, teachers and administrators can continue to learn, lead and be successful. They are simply the BEST! :)

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The staff at the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools works tirelessly to promote and support teachers and students in Lee County, Florida. One of their most influential programs is the Golden Apple award program. This program allows teachers the opportunity to showcase their talents and become influencers to all other educators in Lee County by innovating in their classrooms and putting students first when they plan and teach. New teachers even come aboard in Lee County with the dream of being awarded a Golden Apple! The Foundation hosts many such events throughout the year and is an inspiration to staff across the county!

Keri L.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a community member, business partner, parent of a student in the district, and spouse of a district employee, I have seen firsthand the value and dedication that the Foundation of Lee County Public Schools has for our community and school district. They have created many opportunities and offered so much support for those in the area. They truly care and it shines through!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a community member with both children in the local school district and teachers in the family, I am truly grateful for the amazing work The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools does in partnership with our school board to support the local youth and teachers. They go above and beyond the call of duty to do what they can when they can to not only fill in needs and provide support to the school district (staff and students alike), but to also honor and celebrate those in the roles of shaping the young minds of our future! It is always an honor for us when we can partner with this great organization on whatever scale, small as it may be, that we can!

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marshall 08/10/2018

We love our partnerships with the business community and are honored to help our educators and students in Lee County. Thank you for supporting our Foundation!

Michelle S.16

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools INC does a fantastic job recognizing student achievement and helping to lift them up to reach their goals through scholarships and mentoring programs. The Foundation helps to identify and honor outstanding educators within our district and offers a summer training to furter develop their skills. Our school district would not be the same without this foundation and all they do for us.

Kaleigh E. S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Foundation for Lee County School is nothing short of a spectacular organization. The lengths they go to to make sure the teachers of Lee County feel appreciated is unmatched. I am truly grateful for my experience with the foundation!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a first year teacher, The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools Educational Resource Center (ERC) was an incredible resource. They often had on hand things that I needed for my classroom, such as notebooks, binders, markers, file folders etc. It helped tremendously that I could check with the ERC, before I spent money out of pocket at a store. More often than not, I could even find items I didn't even go there for, like USB drives (to back up all those files I've created!!) or paint samples (they are so awesome for creating vocabulary games with!). The ERC has been a blessing and I know I will continue to use it for (hopefully) many years to come. Thank you to everyone who donates to this wonderful place!

Client Served

Rating: 5

They provide so many great resources and opportunities to not only students but also teachers! They always go out of their way to help teachers get the supplies and resources needed to be successful in the classroom. Their Golden Apple program is a great opportunity to recognize the impact teachers are making on the students in Lee County!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My students have benefitted from the grant money offered by The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools. These grants have greatly improved my ability to reach students. Today's students are continually evolving. The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools has enhanced the technology I am able to have my students experience.

We have also taken advantage of the myriad of materials available at their office. I have added books to my library and added organizational materials and basic supplies for my students. The Foundation has provided flash drives for my students to use to take files home from computers.

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools is an organization dedicated to helping our students learn. Thank you.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The efforts and results for our students are spectacular, and make us all proud!

Carol M.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools has supported the concept that quality education should be available to all students in Lee County. And in this supposition, The Foundation has instituted strong programs to ensure that this happens. These programs run the gamut of helping low income, at-risk students to supporting students who need that extra push to achieve their goals. Education is the key to success whether it be college or technical training and the Foundation fills that goal. Having worked with the Foundation, I know personally their success stories and their importance in the community.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been working with the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools in multiple capacities for many years. As an attraction we offered items to be used to raise money and in return the foundation gave us great exposure for the attraction. As a wife to an educator, i am proud every time the Foundation speaks on behalf of the amazing educator's and the incredible work they do. The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools is a passionate advocate for educators. As a community volunteer, I have loved working with the foundation to provide unique STEM education opportunities to students in our county. Great job to the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools! You are an amazing asset to this community!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Foundation for Lee County Schools is a teacher's best advocate and friend! They support teachers every day by providing free classroom supplies and acting as a clearinghouse for donations, connecting the donors to those who need help the most. They encourage creativity and excellence in the classroom by offering grants to teachers for innovative projects. (Pictured is our outdoor classroom from last year.) They motivate professionalism and reward continuous learning by showcasing six Golden Apple Teachers each year, providing scholarships and recognition for exemplary service. In addition, they support Dancing Classrooms, student scholarships, and mentors that have made a huge impact on our students of every age.
In the past ten years, no other group has made a more positive impact on my teaching experience, or opened more doors for my students. I will be forever grateful.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Excellent program for our school district. The entire Foundation from the professional staff to the board members to all the programs available are just top notch. All the resources are just amazing too. If the rating went to 10 stars they would get it.

Zoe H.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools is an amazing non profit organization. They are great about getting into the community, spreading awareness and gaining the communities support. I am the marketing coordinator at Aubuchon Homes, and have worked directly alongside their Marketing director with the Back to School Supply Drive. Lets just say, I could'nt be more impressed with the dedication and hard work.

Keep up the great work!

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marshall 08/10/2018

Aubuchon Homes is a great supporter of the Foundation! Your business helps us make a difference in the community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have had the honor and privilege to serve on the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools' Board of Directors representing the Lee Health System. This, by far, has been the most rewarding and dynamic opportunity I have had in my career outside of healthcare to participate in a not-for profit community organization that serves students, their families, educators, and educational support staff!

For me, it has been wonderful to give back to our community and educational system, and first hand, see the benefits the community receives from this amazing Foundation. Not only have I had the opportunity to work with so many other caring and compassionate businesses and organizations aligned with mission and vision of the Foundation, but to serve with the remarkable staff led by the Foundation’s President and CEO, Marshall Bower.

The Foundation's mission and vision is so critical to achieve in order to assist our students to succeed in all vocations and endeavors and be competitive in a global labor market. My organization, Lee Health System benefits currently and will benefit more in the future to have access to a well educated local student population to join its workforce.

I also have great pride in serving the school district and its publicly elected board of directors. Lee County is truly blessed to have an organization like the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools."



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marshall 08/10/2018

We appreciate all you do for us. The time and dedication you put into supporting the Foundation doesn't go unnoticed. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience as a mentor for two students in the Foundation's Take Stock in Children and the STAMP programs has been overwhelmingly positive! My two students couldn't be more different, but so rewarding to work with. They are very aware of the benefit of the scholarship program and are intent in taking full advantage by attending college. They handle with grace the multiple demands of taking AP and Honors classes, while also participating in programs after school The support from the Foundation's staff has also been outstanding. Sheryl, the Mentor Coordinator, is accessible, knowledgeable, and deeply committed to the students' welfare. I find the program rewarding because I'm seeing the world in a new way from becoming close to my two high school students. I sing the program's high praise to all that express an interest in mentoring.

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marshall 06/05/2018

Thank you for your kind words, and for being a dedicated mentor to our students. It is people like you that make a huge difference in a students life and make my job as a mentor coordinator so rewarding. - Sheryl

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

There's not a harder working group of individuals than at the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools. They truly care about the community they serve. They continuously look for ways to improve. What an important asset for the community!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Over the last four years, The Rotary Club of Fort Myers - Sunrise has had the honor of working collaboratively with The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, Inc to raise money for the Take Stock in Children program. We have been to the inductions, and we have been to the graduations. We see first hand the difference the Foundation is making in the lives of our children and their families. They do their work with passion, love and respect. They are eliminating poverty - one child at a time.

In Rotary we live by a four-way test. Is it the truth, is it fair to all concerned, will it build goodwill and better friendship, is it beneficial to all concerned. We have found a partner in The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools that demonstrates a commitment to these same ideals.

Norman Lutz, President Elect
Rotary Club of Fort Myers - Sunrise

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marshall 06/05/2018

Thank You Norm! The support the Foundation receives from the Rotary is greatly appreciated. We love working in partnership with the Rotary to provide scholarships through our Take Stock in Children program!

1 Samuel L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools has been involved in my life since I was a child. Most of the events I remember from my childhood, benefitting teachers, students, and education as a whole, were put on by them and I only realized this later in life when my business became a partner. We partake in a multitude of their events including hosting an onsite visit from local high school students to tour the workplace, and hear directly from a small business, what it is like. As an entrepreneuer I think this is an invaluable experience, and through and through is well ran by the FLCPS. I know this is only one of the MANY events they orchestrate, but it is an example of one small piece of their work in all that they do for education. THANK YOU!

1 Morgan W.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools has been THE driving instrument behind our "Golden Futures" scholarship! Since 2013, we've taken one Lee County public high-school senior and awarded a FULL teaching scholarship to a local state college. Upon graduation, that emergent educator agrees to teach within Lee County for four years to "repay" the award. Teachers making teachers, per se. It's been been an incredibly rewarding experience, ALL thanks to The Foundation. Thank you for all that you do!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been fortunate enough to have experience with the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools in more than one capacity.

I have acted as a mentor for their Take Stock In Children Scholarship Program since the 2013-2014 school year. I have mentored 3 students over those five school years and have enjoyed every second of it. The opportunity the scholarship and its mentoring program affords those students is second to none. The Foundation provides top notch tools and guidance for both mentors and mentees.

Additionally, I was honored to be nominated for a Golden Apple and received mention as a Golden Apple Teacher of Distinction. Seeing the overwhelming community support for teachers and what we do every day has been an incredible experience and one I feel truly fortunate to have been involved in. In addition to the awards banquet and title, I'm being given the opportunity to participate in the Collegium this summer at South Seas Plantation. This is an incredible week long professional development retreat that I feel truly honored to be able to participate in.

I have also been fortunate enough to shop the Resource Center and find some excellent resources for my classes. There is never enough money in education to cover every need, but The Foundation goes above and beyond the call of duty to do their part to ensure that the teachers and students of Lee County get every advantage it is in their power to provide.

I truly cannot express enough the important role The Foundation for Lee County Public School plays in our district and, at times, surrounding districts. My experience with them over the years has been amazing.

1 Christina P.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a member of the Take Stock in Children Program under The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, I can honestly say that my experience with this nonprofit organization has been life-changing. When I was just a freshman in high school, I was selected for the scholarship program and I knew from that moment on my life was going to change for the better. I have always been pretty self motivated but this program has always giving me the extra push I needed in times of when I was just a freshman in high school, I was selected for the scholarship program and I knew from that moment on my life was going to change for the better. I have always been pretty self motivated, but this program has always giving me the extra push I needed in times of discouragement. I was given my first mentor ever when this program who has stuck by my side and had made sure that I have had everything that I have needed to be successful. The Foundation has provided me with endless resources, like workshops, to better myself and my skills to be equipped for the real world post highschool graduation. The Foundation has also made it possible for me to be the first one in my family to attend an University by assisting me financially, which I could never thank them enough for. I am truly grateful that I crossed paths with this organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The foundation for lee county public schools inc teamed up with the Red Sox to give a $5000 scholarship to several students. I was one of the lucky few to receive a scholarship from this foundation. Not only did they give us an amazing amount of money to help with schooling but also an amazing day of celebrating. All the scholars got to be mentioned while on the field and then got to have a lunch with the Red Sox executives. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity. All members of this group were looking to give children great opportunities. One of the members, holly I believe, I got the pleasure to talk to. She was beyond informative and passionate to help students. We had a lovely long conversation and she inspired me greatly. Such a great and imparitive foundation for our community ♥️

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.