The School Bell - December 2020

End of Year message from President & CEO James S. Gavrilos; Foundation Board of Director Marty Cass: A Passion for Education... A Heart for the Community; The Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation Awards Grant Supporting Cybersecurity Academy at Santaluces Community High School; Champion of Education U.S. Sugar; Special Events - Principal of the Year & Assistant Principal of the Year;  Connecting Kids in the Community through Digital Inclusion; Smile & Create Holiday Magic This Season (Amazon Smile).

Bank of America Names Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, Inc. and Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches, Inc. 2020 Neighborhood Builders®

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, Inc. and Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches, Inc. have been named as the 2020 Bank of America Neighborhood Builders® awardees for Palm Beach County. The nonprofits were selected for their work in the Palm Beach community addressing issues fundamental to economic mobility, specifically, in helping close achievement gaps in learning, creating positive, measurable change for students, and preventing homelessness for hard-working, low-income families.

U.S. Sugar:  The "Sweetness" of Charity Begins Locally!

In the last few years, “Corporate Social Responsibility” has become a topic for many companies.  They look to “do the right thing” and make an impact in their local community. Committees are formed, task forces assigned…and employee volunteer engagement is encouraged.  For some companies however, Corporate Social Responsibility is nothing new…it is embedded in their very DNA.  U.S. Sugar is one of those companies. 

Education Foundation Board of Director Marty Cass:  A Passion for Education… A Heart for the Community 

Every now and then, we meet people in whose very DNA is embedded passion…passion for a cause and a desire to make the community better.  Marty Cass is one of those individuals.   For over ten years, he has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County (EFPBC) as well as serving as Chair of the Development Committee to raise funds to support EFPBC initiatives.  But his commitment to education had a much earlier start. 

Help Change the World through Education on #GivingTuesday

Today we unite together in a worldwide celebration of generosity. Join the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County on this #GivingTuesday to support students in the 10th largest school district in the nation.  

The Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation Awards Grant Supporting Cybersecurity Academy at Santaluces Community High School

The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, Inc. and the School District of Palm Beach County's Department of Choice and Career Options are pleased to announce that The Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation has approved a 3-year grant. This grant will provide start-up funding in support of the Cybersecurity Academy at Santaluces Community High School. The program will focus on creating a diverse student pipeline to enter the program and preparing Cybersecurity Academy students to enter the workforce.  Learn More...

Give the Gift of Literacy for PBC Students

Access to books is one of the greatest contributors to educational equality.  Books have been shown to have a positive relationship with a child's interest in reading, academic and writing performance, and language development.    In 2019, 46% of students in Palm Beach County were reading below grade level as measured by their Florida Standards Assessment (FSA). 

Jennifer Ethridge Nominated for Hats Off Nonprofit Award

Jennifer Ethridge, Foundation's Director of Programs & Grants, has been recognized for her outstanding work in Palm Beach County's nonprofit sector with the nomination of Hats Off Nonprofit Professional of the Year, presented  by Nonprofit's First.  The Fourth Annual Hats Off Nonprofit Awards honor Palm Beach County nonprofit organizations, staff and volunteers who are dedicated to the business of doing good in our community.  

Foundation Board of Director: Lisa Park

“As Chair of the Program and Grants Committee, I get a close up view of the grants we are awarding, the programs we are supporting and the inspiration our work provides in helping teachers and students.  It is beyond gratifying to see how we are impacting our future workforce in such a positive way, while also making a difference in the lives of our educators.” Lisa Park is a member of our Board of Directors and the Chair of the Program and Grants Committee.  

EDUCATION FOUNDATION RECEIVES NEARLY $300,000 IN MATCHING GRANT PROGRAM FUNDING 

The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County will be awarded $298,636.25 in funding through the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF) in support of the Education Foundation’s School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Programs.

Education Foundation of Palm Beach County Supports Teacher Innovation

The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, along with its sponsors, honored teachers through the funding of GoTeach! and GoReach! grant awards through a virtual event on Thursday, October 8, 2020.

Champion of Education: Two Men and A Truck

The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County found itself with an incredible donation opportunity by our business partner Office Depot, and needed to way to collect 42 pallets of school supplies.  Within 24 hours, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK ®Palm Beach owners Janelle and Joel Dowley did not hesitate and helped made it happen. 

Register Today for the Virtual GoTeach! Classroom Grant Awards

Registration is now open for the 2020 Virtual GoTeach! Classroom Grant Awards.  We will be celebrating innovation in the classroom.  Teachers' own creative ideas will be awarded with grants ranging up to $3,000 for a GoTeach! or GoReach! grant award.  

Education Foundation Backpack & School Supply Drive is Underway

The community is invited to participate in Education Foundation's 2020 Backpack Initiative & School Supply Drive, now through August 15th.

Jennifer Ethridge Accepted into Leadership Palm Beach County Engage Program

The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County congratulates our own Jennifer Ethridge who was selected for this year's Leadership Palm Beach County Class of 2020-2021. Jennifer, Director of Programs and Grants, will join 54 other respected community leaders as they learn and experience the inner workings of Palm Beach County.   

Honda Classic awards Grant to Education Foundation of Palm Beach County's signature program, Red Apple Supplies

Many charities, including the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, will move their mission forward because of the generosity and distribution of more than $35 million to 103 non-profit organizations from of one of the premier organizations in our county.  

Kits for Kids - Together, We're Still Standing!

More Kits for Kids are put into the hands of the families who need them!

Kits for Kids in the PBC School Community

Kits for Kids are being distributed to families in Palm Beach County who need and appreciate them!

More Students to Serve = More Kits for Kids!

EFPBC is distributing more Kits for Kids to the students who need  school supplies!

Making the #DepotDifference

Thank you to Office Depot for their $20,000 grant donation to Village Academy!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week

Let's Celebrate Our Amazing Teachers! 

Making a Difference with Kits for Kids

Thank you to all who are supporting the "Rise to the Challenge" campaign!

Rise to the Challenge to Support PBC Students

You can help meet the needs of students in PBC!

YOU DID IT, PALM BEACH!

A congratulatory message from EFPBC's President/CEO...

Every Dollar Counts Because Every Student Counts!

Please join the effort to  help students continue their education via remote learning by donating funds for the purchase of needed elecronic devices.

Comcast and the School District Share Resources!

Xfinitiy WiFi Network and other services are  offered for free to eligible families!

The Distinguished Alumni and Leadership Awards Are Being Postponed

The Distinguished Alumni and Leadership Awards will be rescheduled...

Winners Scholarship Recipients Enjoy the Palm Beach Opera!

Check out the winning smiles of this year's Winners Scholars as they attend the PB Opera!

February's School Board Meeting

The School District of Palm Beach County held it's monthly Board meeting on February 19, 2020 and James Gavrilos, President/CEO of the Education Foundation of PBC, was on the scene to report about the impact of GoTeach! Classroom Grants and EFPBC's collaboration with The School District of Palm Beach County, the business community and the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations.  Be prepared to be inspired!

We Love Teachers Event at Red Apple Supplies

Together with the  community, we love to show support for our amazing PBC teachers!