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.
Director of Island Coast High Schools Academy of Natural Resources
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!