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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.