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					 School System Employees On                                              Become An Investor!
  Board Through Voluntary
     Payroll Deduction
Nearly $6,000 was raised through the ongoing support of 143 school
system employees who contributed $1 or more each pay period to
the Foundation. In addition to the financial contribution, the “vote
of support” each participating employee gives lets Foundation                                                                                                                                                             December 2007
volunteer board members, staff and supporters know how much
our work is valued by the community we serve.                                     Scholarship
Kathy Ames
Allen Anderson
                         Brenda Gamberton
                         Carla Garcia
                                                  Beth Pearlman
                                                  Jim Peterson
                                                                                   Scramble                            Grade A Giving By The Numbers...
                                                                         May 3, 2008 • Ironwood Golf Club
Kathryn Anderson         Jean Gaughf              Rahna Phillips
Sandra Anusavice         Gwendolyn Glanville      Valarie Pothier                                                    Our education foundation invested more than $850,000 in                 middle school
Nancy Babston            Ann Goodman              Tonya Ramsey                   Sponsors needed!                    scholarship, classroom grant, mentoring, literacy, staff                ..students
Patricia Bagby           Bill Goodman             Diane Ried
Stephanie Baldwin        Edgar Grant              Beverly Rivers
                                                                                                                     development and recognition programs during the 2006-07                 ...entered our
Shawnna Batie            Angela Green             Brenda Robinson                                                    fiscal year – including matching funds received and program   Take Stock In Children
Kimberly Baysinger       Julie Griffis            Barbara Russell                                                    support provided. Now with $2.2 million in assets, our non-   program, pledging to
Marion Bell              Adora Grimes             Anna Saunders
Donna Bergen             Michael Hicks            Dwight Schmidt                                                     profit organization is poised to continue enhancing public    remain drug- and crime-
Kevin Berry              Diane Hill               Donna Schroeder                                                    education in Alachua County for years to come!                free and keep up their
Judith Black             Jennifer Hoben           Edith Schweer                                                                                                                    grades with the guid-

Bernice Bogans           Sandra Hollinger         Carol Shelley
Dorothy Breivogel        Rhonda Hoskavich         Tammy Shintock                                                                                                                       ance of volunteer
Jennifer Brill           Belinda Howerton         Bernadette Sill                                                                                                                            mentors and the incentive of $250,000 in
Sylvester Brown          Robert Howland           Aurora Singleton                                                                                                                           scholarship funding. An additional 20 met their
Sue Bruce
Lynn Bryan
                         Judy Hubbard
                         Patricia Hughes
                                                  Deborah Speer
                                                  Deatra Spratling
                                                                          May 4, 2008                                                                    elementary students               long-term goal, earned their scholarship are now
Tracey Bryant            Sharon Humbarger         Beverley Stanley     Act like a kid again                                                              throughout the county            continuing their education, each with a $10,000
Therese Burley           Cheryl Hurt              Liz Stark
Susan Butts              Robert Hyatt             Susan Steele           for our cause!                                                                  participated in the                    scholarship.
Barbara Buys             Faye Jackson             Nathaniel Stewart                             License For                                              Black Stallion...
Elaine Capote            Sarah Johnson            Angela Terrell
                                                                                                 Learning                                                Literacy Project
Nancy Case               Shanda Johnson           Diane Terry
                                                                                                                                                         with foundation
Kristina Chattey
William Childers Jr.
                         Gwendolyn Jones
                         Jodine Joseph
                                                  Charles Thomas
                                                  Diane Tilbury
                                                                                               Each $20 sale and                   funding, receiving their own classic
Patti Clendenin          Kelley Kostamo           Bruce Tomlinson                             renewal benefits our                  books to keep and enjoying
Karen Coffey             Philip Kozlowski         Saidi Tunga-Lergo
Lizabeth Coleman         Elizabeth Leclear        Dolores Utley                                    students.                        encounters with horses to capture
Suzanne Colvin           Connie Lee               Wanza Wakeley                                                                      their imaginations.
Cathy Costello           Martha Lee               Judith Watkins
                                                                        Entertainment Book
Robert Craig Jr.         Jennifer Lindquist       Linda Watson
Judy Cummings            Norine Lopez             Judith Weaver
Cherith Davenport        Rachael Lund             Samuel Welker         Local schools and the
Kathy Dixon              Barbara Martin           Patricia Wershow
Patricia Dixon           Karen Martin             Philip Whelpton      Foundation both benefit

                                                                                                                                                   students in our Class
Cleora Doner
David Doner
                         Elana Mayo
                         Jane McMullen
                                                  Sharon White
                                                  Audrey Williams
                                                                            from sales.                                                            of 2007 received more
Beth Dovell              Sandra Medeiros          Julie Williams                                                                                   than $360,000 in
Lynn Durr                Karen Merton             Janet Wisby           Call 352-955-7003                                                          scholarships from the
Jenny Eckenrode          Michele Milinkovic       Sara Wood
Sue Ann Enneis           Theresa Morauer          Gladys Wright          to get involved!                                                          foundation this year!                    teachers and
Phyllis Erney            Teresa Morgan                                                                                                             Future chefs, teachers,                  principals
Carol Faas               James Morris
Olanrewaju Fayiga        Tia Mosby                                                                                                                 nurses, business owners                  received
Barbara Fledell          Kimberly Neal                                                                               and other professionals headed off to college this fall                Foundation
Elizabeth Fletcher       Melissa Olver
Sarah Freedman           Michael Oyenarte
                                                                                                                     with Foundation funding.                                               For Success
                                                                                                                                                                                            Grants for the 2007-08 school year, giving them

Diane Fuller             Karen Paige
                                                                                                                                  dedicated                                                 $72,000 in funding for their ideas to increase
 A payroll deduction form can be                                                                                                  teachers and                                        student success. Pictured here are Irby Elementary
 downloaded from and                                                                                                staff members                                       kindergarten students using interactive learning materials
 forwarded to the Foundation at any                                                                                  were rewarded with more                                          purchased as part of a funded “Ph”rog “F”onics project.
 time to begin participating. Thanks,
 teachers and staff members for your
          continued support!
                                                                                                                     than $32,000 in recognition
                                                                                                                     awards and staff develop-
                                                                                                                     ment scholarships.
                                                                                                                                                                                         Thanks to you!
     During the 2006-07 fiscal year,                                                                        Alachua County
    the Foundation received a record-                                                               Public Schools Foundation, Inc.
   breaking $1,124,424 in contributions                                                               2007-09 Board of Directors
         and investment earnings!                                                                                  Ellen Gershow, President • Dell Graham, P.A.
                                                                                                         Barbara Sharpe, Vice President • Former SBAC Board Member
Where our support comes from:                                                                               John Schroepfer, Treasurer • UBS Financial Services, Inc.
                                                                  Business & Organization
                                                                                                                     Jim Galloway, Secretary • Retired Educator
                                                                    Contributions - 17%
                                                                                                                    Margaret Boonstra, Immediate Past President
                                                                  State Matching Funds &                   W. Daniel Boyd, Jr., EdD • Alachua County Public Schools
     Individual &                                                 Legislative Grants - 11%                                Jim Doughton • The Gainesville Sun
  Private Foundation            54%                   11%
                                                                   Fundraising Events &                                   Rosemary Fagler • Progress Energy
   Donations - 54%
                                                      7%              Programs 7%                              Ed Jennings, Jr. • Jennings Development Corporation
                                               11%                                                                Jackie Johnson • Alachua County Public Schools
                                                                  Investment Earnings &
                                                                                                                    Eugene Jones • Santa Fe Community College
                                                                   Miscellaneous - 11%
                                                                                                                         Rick Mulligan • Cox Communications
                                                                                                          Melissa Murphy • Salter, Feiber, Murphy, Hutson and Menet
                                                                                                                     Peg Nattress • Former SBAC Board Member
How we invested your contributions:                                                                                         Donna Nicoll • Bank of America
                                                                                                                         Tina Pinkoson • SBAC Board Member
        Mentoring 19%                                                College & Career/                                      Melanie Shore • Mercantile Bank
  Teacher/Staff Development                  19%       29%          Technical Education
                                                                                                                           Julie Todd • Florida Credit Union
    & Recognition - 10%                                             Scholarships - 29%
                                                                                                                               Terry VanNortwick • Pro Ink
      Student Enrichment             10%                            Classroom & School                                    Barry Wagner • AvMed Health Plans
       Scholarships - 1%                                               Grants - 16%                                 Grace White • Ortho McNeil Pharmaceuticals
                                                                                                                        Brent Williams • WUFT-TV/WUFT-FM
   Operating & Fundraising                   11%      14%            Literacy & Reading
      Expenses - 11%                                                  Initiatives - 14%
                                                                                                                            Mary Chance, Executive Director
                                                                                                                     Tanya Blakeley, TSIC Program Coordinator
                                                                                                                      Janice McDonald, TSIC Student Advocate
Our students, teachers and public schools also benefited from an additional $150,000
                                                                                                                          Jodi Duffield, Program Coordinator
in in-kind contributions and matching scholarship funds from the Florida Prepaid
                                                                                                                            Anne Longley, Program Assistant
College Foundation.

Champions of Children
Our Investment Partners $2,500 - $4,999                                              Philip Ankrim, D.D.S.
                                                                                     PPI Construction Management
                                                                                                                                                  Katsu Dojo
                                                                                                                                                  Lorraine Barber
                                              Alachua County Sheriff’s Office        Publix Super Market Charities, Inc.                          Long and Associates
Special thanks go to the following
                                              Barbara and Phil Emmer                 Robert Johnson                                               Mary Jo Davis
businesses, organizations and in-
dividuals who were major contributors         Barton and Shirley Weitz               Robinshore, Inc.                                             Mercantile Bank
to Foundation programs and Alachua            Bert Flanegan                          Robinson Family Trust                                        Metal Container Corp.
County Public Schools initiatives             C.E. Barber                            Scarborough Company Insurance                                Paul Stresing Associates, Inc.
such as the Teacher Recognition and           Davis and Judi Rembert                 Sparks Giebeig Insurance &                                   Ron and Janet Schol
Volunteer programs in 2006-2007.*             Gainesville Jaycees, Inc.                 Investments                                               Ryan Flanegan
                                              Laura Carmichael                       Stan Wilkinson, Inc.                                         Suburban Animal Hospital
  You are our Champions                       Rotary Club of Gainesville
                                              Shands Healthcare
                                                                                     Sylvan Learning Center                                       SunTrust
                                                                                     The Emory Group, LLC                                         VALIC Financial Advisors, Inc.
       of Children!                           United Way                             Walmart Stores, Inc.
                                              WYKS Kiss 105.3 FM
$20,000 and up                                                                       $500 - $999
                                              $1,000 - $2,499                                                                                     *Amounts indicated are for donations
Cox Communications                                                                   Advertising Federation of Gainesville                     received during our fiscal year - July 1, 2006
Progress Energy                               Alachua Business League                Affiliated Engineers, Inc.                                through June 30, 2007.
The Thomas H. Maren Foundation                Alachua Woman’s Club                   Alachua County Counseling
                                              Barbara Buys                              Association
$10,000 and up                                Barr Systems                           Alachua County Farm                   Dear Alachua
                                              BellSouth Telecommunications              Bureau                                             County Public
                                                                                                                                                             Schools Founda
Bank of America Foundation                    Compass Bank                           Alachua County Retired                                                                    tion,
                                                                                                                          Thank you so
Dollar General Literacy Foundation            David and Erin West                       Teachers Association             interesting. Th
                                                                                                                                          much for the
Florida Credit Union                          David and Mary Ann Cofrin              Alarion Bank                                          e par t that I li Stallion book. It is ver y
                                                                                                                        liked that chap                      ke th
Gainesville Charitable Foundation, Inc.       Environmental Consulting &             AmSouth Bank                                         ter the most bec e most is the island. I
                                                                                                                       to ride the hor                        ause it’s when
The Women’s Giving Circle of the                 Technology                                                                             se. I also like                         Alec gets to tr
                                                                                     Anne and Bob Hughes              Black make a                        the island bec
                                                                                                                                                                           ause Alec and
   Gainesville Community Foundation                                                                                                     relationship.
                                              Exactech                               Blue Cross and Blue                                                                                   the
                                              Gainesville Chapter, LINKS, Inc.          Shield of Florida            I also want to
                                                                                                                                       thank you for
$5,000 - $ 9,999                              Gainesville Ford                       Buchholz High School            Arabian Nigh
                                                                                                                                     ts. I liked the
                                                                                                                                                        letting us go on
                                                                                                                                                                            the field trip,
                                              G.W. Robinson Builders, Inc.              Activities Fund             in and rode th
                                                                                                                                      e Black Stallion
                                                                                                                                                       par t when th
                                                                                                                                                                        e princess cam
Anonymous                                     Hidden Oak Elementary School PTA       Charles Perry                 Hocus made th                         . I also liked                 e
                                                                                                                                      e cowboys app                       the par t when
AvMed Health Plans                            Invivo                                    Construction                                                  ear. I loved th
                                                                                                                                                                        e whole thing.
Blaser Family Foundation, Inc.                Kiwanis Club, University City          Dan and Darla Boyd           I want to than
                                                                                                                                    k you also for
Campus USA Credit Union                       Marcia and Wesley Eubank               Farm Credit of North
                                                                                                                 when the Blac
                                                                                                                                   k and Alec w
                                                                                                                                                     the movie. I
Citigroup Foundation                                                                                             each other. I                      ere kind of pla d the par t
                                              Margaret Early                            Florida                                   also                               ying tag with
Dorene and Jack Ross                                                                                            because it was liked the par t when he fa
                                              Margaret and Tommy Tomlinson           Florida Citizens Bank                        funny.                               lls off the hor
Entertainment Publications                    Martin & Jacobson Orthodontics         Florida Septic, Inc.
Gainesville Area Chamber of                                                                                    Sincerely,
                                              M.M. Parrish Construction Co.          Gainesville Regional Andrea
   Commerce                                   Nancy Perry                               Utilities             4th grade stu
Gainesville Health and Fitness Center         Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co.        Gordon and Ruth                          dent
                                                                                                             Hidden Oak El
Gainesville Sun                               02B Kids                                  Streib
Salter, Feiber, Murphy, Hutson &              Outback Steak House                    James Moore & Co.
   Menet, PA                                  Papa John’s Pizza                      Jones Edmunds & Associates
Wachovia Bank                                 Peg Nattress                           Karen King
Grant Projects at Work in the Classroom
Gainesville High School “Developing                     Anchor Center/Rawlings Elementary
   Technology in the Classroom”                           “Wait a Minute, Mr. Postman”

                                                                                                                         The Gainesville High
                                                                                                                         School Marching Band
                                                                                                                         and Newberry High
                                                                                                                         School cheerleaders
                                                                                                                         greeted teachers at
                                                                                                                         the annual Ready For
                                                                                                                         School Rally held
                                                                                                                         August 15 at Trinity
                                                                                                                         United Methodist Church. More than 1,000
GHS math teacher Renee’ Meizius was awarded                                                                              teachers came out to cheer on the new school year
a grant to purchase an InterWrite School Pad            For the third year, the 3rd-5th graders operated
                                                        their own post office, writing letters, keeping                  with our Keynote Speaker Dr. Pam Robbins, and
which allows her to circulate around the classroom                                                                       to celebrate the distribution of 132 classroom and
and provide additional assistance to her students       journals and making scrapbooks. For the 2007-08
                                                        school year, this project will continue at Rawlings              school grants. The Rally was sponsored by the
while the rest of her class remains focused on the                                                                       Foundation and underwritten by the Gainesville
lecture.                                                elementary school.
                                                                                                                         Area Chamber of Commerce, Progress Energy and
                                                                                                                         the Florida Credit Union.
        Oak View Middle School                                  Gainesville High School
        “One Book, One School”                                 “Steps to a Healthier You”                                   Progress Energy Builds Brains Of
                                                        The students in the                                                         Future Scientists
                                                        Academy       of     Health
                                                        Professions created a “Fit
                                                        Cooking 101” cookbook
                                                        with grant money from
                                                        the Foundation. This
                                                        cookbook       was      a
                                                        collaboration of recipes
                                                        from the students in                                             As a major Florida corporation, Progress Energy
                                                        the academy.                                                     considers itself a stakeholder in ensuring that the
                                                                                                                         state’s children leave our public schools and enter
                                                                                                                         higher education and/or the workforce with a
                                                                Glen Springs Elementary                                  strong foundation in math and science.
For three weeks last spring, every student and
                                                                  “Camp Read-A-Lot”
teacher was given the book Finding Buck McHenry.                                                                         For the past several years they have provided
They read and discussed the book, enjoyed related                                                                        substantive grant support for this corporate
activities and a visit from retired major league                                                                         priority, this year alone investing $15,000 in
baseball player Herbert Perry, pictured here.                                                                            Alachua County math and science curriculum.
                                                                                                                         The “Brain Bank” project provides special teacher
           Norton Elementary                                                                                             training and classroom materials designed to
           “Feed Them Facts”                                                                                             bolster science comprehension through high-
                                                                                                                         interest books and related activities for elementary
                             Students       receive                                                                      students.
                             before-school math
                             tutoring four days a                                                                        “The future engineers, plant operators, and
                             week. This multi-          Parents, teachers, librarians and community                      electrical technicians we employ must have
                             year project has           members pretended to be award-winning authors                    their scientific interest sparked at an early age,
                             improved the math          and encouraged the students to read “their”                      and certainly must have strong reading skills,”
                             scores of the students     books while discussing the writing style “they”                  said Rosemary Fagler with Progress Energy.
                             who attended the           used. Curriculum connections were made across                    “We know this is also a priority for the Alachua
                             sessions regularly.        all subjects and field trips and fun activities                  County Public Schools and we are thrilled to
                                                        accompanied many of the books.                                   be able to enhance science education for our

        “Rookie” Teachers Receive Support
                                                                                                               Dear Foundati
                                                                                                                               on Board:
                                                                                                              With six wee                                             October 21, 20
           Through             Grants                                                                         program, fun
                                                                                                             par ticipation
                                                                                                                                ks under our
                                                                                                                                ded by a Foun lt, the Littlewood “Morning
                                                                                                                                               dation grant,
                                                                                                                                                                is off             Mile”
                                                                                                            students par ti mbers have increased wee to a successful star t. Ou
When new teachers enter the classroom they are often overwhelmed with responsibilities and                                      ci                                kl                            r
                                                                                                            our student bo pating out of 610 Littlewoo y and in total, we have 19
quickly learn how much they have to learn themselves! For several years, Citigroup has funded                                  dy.                               d students, or                 8
                                                                                                                                                                                  almost 1/3 of
Team Mentor Grants through the Foundation. “Rookie” and “Veteran” teacher teams are                        The par ticipa
encouraged to collaborate on classroom-based student learning projects. For the 2006-07 school             moms, dads an of family members has
                                                                                                                               d                               in
                                                                                                          Before the firs siblings who come to join creased as well. There are
year, ten Rookie and Veteran teacher teams received funds for projects that promoted math,                                  t day on the co
                                                                                                                                                                us before schoo
                                                                                                          purchase all
writing, science, physical education, reading and writing skills.                                                          necessar y star rse we were able to use gran l each morning.
                                                                                                         incentives to                     t-up equipmen                        t funds to
                                                                                                                           en                                t an
                                                                                                         our cafeteria courage the students to con d get a head star t on the
                                                                                                                          we                                 ti
                                                 “Working with a veteran teacher on a project of        designating h have student’s names dis nue with the program. In
                                                                                                                          ow far they h                     played on a sn
                                                 this magnitude was wonderful because it                There is one ru                  ave run begin                       eaker cut out,
                                                                                                                           n                            ning
                                                 allowed me to see how to organize everything,         total, Littlewoo ner who has a sneaker un with a 5-mile marker.
                                                                                                                          d students hav                   der
                                                                                                                                           e gone 1,341 m the 40-mile marker! In
                                                 from supplies to students. I was also able to        Every step of
                                                                                                                                                             iles and it’s on
                                                                                                                                                                              ly October.
                                                 see the benefits of spacing out activities and                       our inquir y to
                                                                                                      encouragemen                      star ting this p
                                                                                                                        t                                rogram was m
                                                 not rushing through to finish—the students got      believing that and suppor t. Thank you                                et
                                                                                                                       this is a wor th                for funding ou with
                                                 much more out of it,” said Mary Ferris Hyde,                                            while endeavo
                                                                                                                                                                           r program an
                                                 of Archer Community School.                        Sincerely,
                                                                                                    Lisa Elgerd-P
                                                                                                                   arker, Parent
                                                                                                   Kristina Belv                    Vol
                                                 With new teaching partnerships developed                          in, Parent Vol unteer
                                                                                                   Bonnie Bean,                     unteer
                                                                                                                  P.E. Teacher
                                                 through each grant, the value far exceeded
 The Chiles Elementary Rookie/ Veteran teacher   the $200 received by the teaching team for
   team worked together on “Building Better      project supplies.
   Readers Through Motion,” pictured here.
                    A $350,000 Investment

Student scholarships are sponsored in   Savonte Hunt                           Lillie Davis                       Yaneka Powell
a variety of ways – through civic       Buchholz High School                   Eastside High School               Gainesville High School
organizations, businesses, memorial     Mentor: Ken Duffield                   Thomas H. Maren Foundation
funds and family foundations – and      Sponsor: Bank of America               Scholar                            Keirra Sheppard
matching funds are often available to                                                                             Santa Fe High School
double contributions!      For more     Essence Johnson                        Rachel Harrison
                                        Gainesville High School                Newberry High School               Heather Sinclair
information about sponsoring a
                                        Sponsor: Pat Evans Memorial            Rotary Club of Gainesville         Loften High School
scholarship for an Alachua County       Scholarship Donors                     Ed Roberts Scholar
student through the Foundation, call                                                                              Zipporah Steele
352-955-7003.                           Joanna Lewis                           Beth Johns                         Gainesville High School
                                        Gainesville High School                Santa Fe High School
 Take Stock In Children                 Mentor: Jennifer Willis                Thomas H. Maren Foundation         Brian Taylor
                                        Sponsor: Indian River Community        Scholar                            Eastside High School
     Scholarships                       College
                                                                               Megan Palmer                       Brittany Tolbert
Stephanie Ackerman                      Anna Victoria Mosley                   Hawthorne High School              Gainesville High School
Hawthorne High School                   Eastside High School                   Thomas H. Maren Foundation
Mentor: Kristina Chattey                Mentor: Debra Dauphin-Jones            Scholar                            Barnell Warren
Sponsor: Workforce Development          Sponsor: Workforce Development                                            Gainesville High School
                                                                               Frank Scott III
Amy Almendarez                          Tavaris Price                          Eastside High School               Taronda Williams
Gainesville High School                 Santa Fe High School                   Rotary Club of Gainesville         Newberry High School
Mentor: Karen McCann                    Mentor: Ralph Aiello                   Clyde Beal Memorial Scholar
Sponsor: Shands at UF                   Sponsors: Atlantic Design &
                                        Construction, Alachua County           Richard Vaughn
                                                                                                                     Minority Teacher
Jasmine Anderson                        Sheriff’s Office, Cement Precast,      Eastside High School               Education Scholarships
Buchholz High School                    Inc., Florida Septic , Inc., Barbara   Rotary Club of Gainesville
Sponsors: Bank of America,              Gans Gallant, Ellen Gershow, Dr.       Robert F. Kelly Memorial Scholar
Cox Communications                                                                                                Dakota Gadsden
                                        and Mrs. Kenneth Kellner, Bill and                                        Loften High School
                                        Gail Mattsson, Dr. and Mrs. Charles    Antonio Williams
Monica Baisden                          Pinkoson                               Gainesville High School
Loften High School                                                                                                Georgia Ream
                                                                               Thomas H. Maren Foundation         Eastside High School
Mentor: Kelsey Harper                   Maya Schirmer                          Scholar
Sponsor: Progress Energy                Buchholz High School
                                        Mentor: Beth Kinsey                    Danielle Agyemang                    Santa Fe Community
Kristina Burgin                         Sponsor: Bank of America               Buchholz High School                College Scholarships
Newberry High School
Mentor: Peggy Ward                      Mary Tsoi                              Angela Calloway
Sponsors: Gainesville Health and        Hawthorne High School                  Eastside High School               Mallory Bowdoin
Fitness Centers, Rodney J. Long,        Mentor: Kristina Chattey &                                                Newberry High School
Mini Maid, Dr. & Mrs. Charles           Corrie Rakvin                          Jasmine Cunningham                 Terri Thomas Beach Dental Assistant
Pinkoson, Compass Bank                  Sponsor: Florida Department of         Eastside High School               Scholarship
Arielle Coleman                                                                Stacy Dennard                      Dimitri Cromwell
Buchholz High School                    Jennifer Webb                          Newberry High School               Buchholz High School
Mentor: Dorine Thomas                   Gainesville High School                                                   Gainesville Crescent Foundation
Sponsor: Anonymous & Publix             Sponsor: Campus USA Credit Union       Lisa Dunlap                        Scholarship
Supermarket Charities                                                          Newberry High School
                                        Brittani Wooden                                                           Hannah Esty
Keri Coleman                            Santa Fe High School                   Amber Foye                         Gainesville High School
Gainesville High School                 Mentor: Terri Skiles                   Eastside High School               Dr. Dan Boyd Rotary Club of
Sponsor: Workforce Development          Sponsor: Anonymous                                                        Gainesville Scholarship
                                                                               Orhan Gurdal                       Marjorie Bingham Book Award
Asha Colson                             Cornelius Wright                       Gainesville High School            Recipient
Gainesville High School                 Eastside High School
Mentor: Cindy Sawyer                    Mentor: Wayne Clark                    Jessica Harrison                   Clinton Gallion
Sponsor: Salter, Feiber, Murphy,        Sponsor: Gainesville Rotary            Newberry High School               Loften High School
Hutson & Menet P.A.                     Foundation                                                                Gainesville Crescent Foundation
                                                                               Jonathan Highsmith                 Scholarship
Sebastian Graham                                                               Hawthorne High School
Eastside High School                         Florida Prepaid                                                      Elizabeth Gonzalez
Sponsor: Leon County TSIC                                                      Michael McConnell                  Newberry High School
Program                                    Community College                   Newberry High School               Gainesville Crescent Foundation
                                              Scholarships                                                        Scholarship
Sarah Hall                                                                     Anastasiya Mitryukhina
Gainesville High School                                                        Gainesville High School            Thomas Harris
                                        Stephane Buteau                                                           Santa Fe High School
Mentor: Linda Jenkins
                                        Gainesville High School                Daniela Mojica                     Alachua Business League
Sponsor: Marion County TSIC
                                        Wachovia Bank Scholar                  Gainesville High School            Scholarship
In Tomorrow’s Leaders

Erika Jenney                       Melissa Carnall                       Tatyana McDaniel                     Blaire Buie
Gainesville High School            Buchholz High School                  Gainesville High School              Buchholz High School
Peggy McLaughlin Memorial          Dawn Flanegan Memorial                Martha Niess Memorial Scholarship
Scholarship                        Scholarship                                                                Jennifer Burges
                                                                         Xiavian Brown                        Gainesville High School
Christina King                     Laura Chau                            Eastside High School
Eastside High School               Buchholz High School                  Papa John’s Pizza Scholarship        Shirley Curtis
Gainesville Crescent Foundation    Dawn Flanegan Memorial                                                     Gainesville High School
Scholarship                        Scholarship                           Kristi Cox
                                                                         Gainesville High School              John D’Agostino
Chelsea Kitzman                    Jenna Akers                           Papa John’s Pizza Scholarship        Newberry High School
Santa Fe High School               Gainesville High School
Gainesville Crescent Foundation    Dorothy Williams Cooper Memorial      Rita Mucavele                        Brittany Dean
Scholarship                        Scholarship                           Buchholz High School                 Newberry High School
                                                                         Papa John’s Pizza Scholarship
Daniel Ryan                                                                                                   Megan Hartman
                                   Karalyn Gillen
Gainesville High School                                                  Emily Emerson                        Gainesville High School
                                   Loften High School
Gainesville Crescent Foundation                                          Santa Fe High School
                                   Dr. Ellen West Scholarship
Scholarship                                                              Rotary Club of Gainesville           Adrienne Hidalgo
                                                                         Douglas Tanner Scholarship           Santa Fe High School
Ryan Towns                         Timothy Parsons
Hawthorne High School              Loften High School                    Adam Smith                           LaToya Hunt
Gainesville Crescent Foundation    Environmental Consulting &            Newberry High School                 Gainesville High School
Scholarship                        Technology Scholarship                Serena Spain Memorial Scholarship
                                                                                                              Mimi Huynh
Jessica Williams                   Linda Bwenge                          Tiffany Merriex-Cook                 Gainesville High School
Santa Fe High School               Gainesville High School               Gainesville High School
Alachua Woman’s Club Scholarship   Gainesville Chapter of the Links      Superintendent Magann Trust          Amber McCroan
                                   Scholarship                           Scholarship                          Hawthorne High School
Additional Sponsored &
                                   Tiffany Fletcher                      Cassandra Ryan                       Jennifer Mutasa
Endowed Scholarships               Eastside High School                  Gainesville High School              Gainesville High School
                                   Gainesville Chapter of the Links      Superintendent Magann Trust
Dennis Santana                     Scholarship                           Scholarship                          Aisha Ricki-Rahman
Santa Fe High School                                                                                          Eastside High School
Advertising Federation of                                                Timerra Lawson
                                   Timothy Popp
Gainesville Scholarship                                                  Eastside High School                 Nephateria Smith
                                   Buchholz High School
                                   Greg Schol Memorial Cross Country/    Sylvan Learning Center Scholarship   Gainesville High School
Boluwatife Akinyemi
                                   Track Scholarship
Buchholz High School                                                     Jonathan Ackermann                   Ericka Soto
Alachua County Counseling                                                Santa Fe High School                 Newberry High School
Association Scholarship            James Handy
                                   Eastside High School                  Tommy Tomlinson Trust Scholarship
                                   Harry Conner Memorial Scholarship                                          Daniel Tiffany
Brooke Williams                                                          Kaitlin Drummond                     Santa Fe High School
Santa Fe High School                                                     Eastside High School
Alachua County Retired Educators   Lee Gordon
                                                                         Tommy Tomlinson Trust Scholarship    Jia Xu
Association Scholarship            Gainesville High School
                                                                                                              Eastside High School
                                   Helen Johnson Teel Memorial
                                                                         Brittany Otte
William Devlin                     Scholarship
Eastside High School
                                                                         Buchholz High School
                                                                         Tommy Tomlinson Trust Scholarship    Create a Legacy
Barbara Finlayson Memorial
Culinary Arts Scholarship
                                   Anthony Persampieri
                                   Buchholz High School                  Scott Robertson
                                                                                                                of Learning
Nicole Henken
                                   Dr. James Longstreth Memorial
                                                                         Gainesville High School
                                                                         Martha Stark Memorial Scholarship
Gainesville High School                                                                                       Establishing an endowed fund
Barbara Gans Gallant Memorial      Dominic Brown                                                              through the Foundation can
Scholarship                        Gainesville High School
                                                                              Foundation $600                 ensure you will positively impact
                                   Mr. John Dukes, Jr. Memorial                 Scholarships                  education in Alachua County
Melvin Durden                      Scholarship                                                                for generations to come.      It’s
Newberry High School                                                     Kendall Ackley                       easier than you may think, with
Cox Communications Community       Peter Brown                           Santa Fe High School                 a minimum of $20,000 yielding
Service Scholarship                Santa Fe High School                                                       enough to fund a scholarship
                                   Kiwanis Club of The University City   LaToya Adams                         or program annually. Call us at
Brandon Telg                       Scholarship                           Hawthorne High School                352/955-7003 to talk about
Gainesville High School                                                                                       options!
Cox Communications Scholarship                                           Kristina Boyette
                                   Lei Lu
                                                                         Santa Fe High School
                                   Buchholz High School
Jasmine Walker
                                   Kiwanis Club of the University City
Buchholz High School                                                     Tristan Brunel
Cox Communications Scholarship                                           Gainesville High School

                                                                                                                Mrs. Bernice Dukes with the first
                                                                                                               recipient of the Mr. John Dukes, Jr.
                                                                                                              Memorial Scholarship established by
                                                                                                              family and friends in 2007 in memory
                                                                                                                    of the longtime principal
                                                                                                                        and administrator.
  Investing in Today’s Teachers to Increase Student Success

                                                          $10,000 in financial literacy and technology
   $10,000 was awarded to projects developed with          projects were awarded to twenty teachers.
     a goal of eliminating the “achievement gap”
     between high- and low-performing students.                “Art Smart” Grants                              $5,000 was awarded for projects that focused
                                                                                                                on entrepreneurship, business and financial
                                                     A. Quinn Jones            P. Anderson & L. Weiss
      ”Close the Gap” Grants”                        Chiles                    Linda Steffen
                                                                                                                   knowledge, leadership, life skills and
                                                     Chiles                    Caryn Nichol                               character development.
Buchholz                 Debra Fields
Chiles                   Lisa Bosarge                Foster                    Linda Henderson
Eastside                 Amanda Allen                Hidden Oak                Sally Fillipps                  Leadership and Character
Gainesville              Susan LoMonte               Irby                      Lori Swarthout                    Development Grants
Glen Springs             Sandra Clifton              Sidney Lanier             Dr. Donald DeVito
                                                     Waldo                     Jolene Jones                A. Quinn Jones          P. Huber, T. Avila, L. Spencer
Hawthorne Middle         Faith Bell
Hidden Oak               Sarah Freedman              Wiles                     Carolyn Baker Turner        Howard Bishop           Michael Thorne
High Springs             Tanya Wenzell               Williams                  J. Lindquist and S. Moss    Foster                  Andra Mousa
Mebane                   Jessica Mills               Williams                  Karen Sroka                 Gainesville             Rachel La Combe
Newberry High            Cathy Atria                                                                       Hawthorne High          Vicki Tyson
Norton                   Shelly Domingo                                                                    Horizon                 Mike Monaghan
Prairie View             Rebecca Smith-Sibrey                                                              Oak View                Anne Powers
Rawlings                 Kim Hampton                                                                       Santa Fe                Kristina Chattey
Rawlings                 Barbara Ferris                                                                    Williams                Wendy Rosche Smith
Santa Fe                 Kathy Teal
Shell                    Kutura Godbolt
Terwilliger              Davette Wycoff
Waldo                    Lynn Whitten
Wiles                    A. Cotton, A. Boyarshinov
Williams                 Sandra Davis
Williams                 Tracy Ulrich

                                                       A new category of grants was awarded this year,
                                                       with $5,000 funding projects that enhanced visual
                                                              and performing arts in our schools.             Nearly $30,000 was awarded for initiatives that
                                                                                                                       impact student performance.
                                                          Financial Literacy Grants
                                                     Bishop                   James W. Morris                 General Foundation Grants
                                                     Chiles                   Cristina Resczenski
                                                     Foster                   Sherry Janes                 Archer                   Elizabeth Filippi & others
                                                     Foster                   Elena Mayo                   ARDJC                    Cecelia Regan
                                                     Foster                   Miriam Goldberg              Bishop                   Dale Witt
       $5,000 funded twelve literacy projects.       Gainesville              Renee’ Meizius               Chiles                   Louise Stephenson
                                                     Hidden Oak               3rd Grade Teachers           Chiles                   1st Grade Team
            Literacy Grants                          High Springs
                                                     High Springs
                                                                              Lynn McNeill
                                                                              Brent Douglas
                                                                                                           Chiles                   Susan Surrency
                                                                                                           Duval                    Jacqueline Christian
Ft. Clarke               Sean Matthews               Irby                     Kathryn Lehtola              Finley                   Elizabeth Oliver
Glen Springs             Carlene Harmon              Irby                     Michelle Thurmond
                                                                                                           Finley                   Jan Merritt
High Springs             Christie Davis              Kanapaha                 LaVelle Oswalt
                                                     Littlewood               Tammy Gumbiner               Foster                   Heather Wilsey
Irby                     Alicia Patterson
Lake Forest              Chris Pinkoson              Littlewood               Lynn Bryan                   Ft. Clarke               Donna Kidwell
Newberry Elementary      Tiffany Rivera              Newberry High            Scott Frisina                Ft. Clarke               Barbara TenBieg
Newberry High            Rochelle Calinson           Santa Fe                 Lori Khan                    Ft. Clarke               Katherine Haro
Rawlings                 Tammrah Dampier             Terwilliger              Dena Perry                   Hidden Oak               Shelby Griffith
Terwilliger              Mary Gailey                 Terwilliger              Evelyn Jackson               Hidden Oak               Stacey Armstrong
Waldo                    Jeanne Fuchs                Westwood                 Bruce Johnson                Idylwild                 Teresa Morgan
Wiles                    Marie Dickerson             Williams                 Tracey Miller                Kanapaha                 Katherine Corder
Williams                 R. Garlitz & C. Singerman                                                         Kanapaha                 Debra West
                                                                                                           Kanapaha                 James Speer
                                                                                                           Lake Forest              Linda Seltzer
                                                                                                           Lake Forest              Celia Gottesman
                                                                                                           Lake Forest              Kay Kuhne
                                                                                                           Lincoln                  Margaret Chodosh
                                                                                                           Littlewood               Linell Elkins
                                                                                                           Littlewood               Tish Kilpatrick
                                                                                                           Loften                   Lynn Meyer
                                                                                                           Loften                   Paula Barrett
                                                                                                           Loften                   Sandy Stephenson
                                                                                                           Mebane                  Shane Andrew
                                                                                                           Newberry Elementary     Dana Mitchell
                                                                                                           Newberry Elementary     Lacy Redd
                                                                                                           Newberry Elementary     Judi Shaak
     $5,000 was awarded for projects that will                                                             Newberry High           Deena Whitehurst
     improve student performance in math and              $5,000 was awarded for projects designed         Newberry High           Brian Roundtree
                     science.                              to encourage students’ understanding of         Prairie View            Barbara Henry
                                                             nutrition and fitness lifestyle choices.      Prairie View            Ashley Whitehead
     Math and Science Grants                                                                               Terwilliger             Sherry Sakai
Archer                   Chris Ott
                                                     Healthy Choices For Life Grants                       Terwilliger             Elizabeth LeClear
Eastside                 Angela Jones                Littlewood                Bonnie Bean                 Terwilliger             Saundra Reeves
Foster                   Dara Marino                 Sidney Lanier             Carol Wilt                  Westwood                Elizabeth Smith
Foster                   Debra Bruner                Sidney Lanier             Betsy Ann Harris            Westwood                Lisa Peterson
High Springs             Tina Olcheski               Terwilliger               Karen Fisher                Wiles                   Barbara Buys
Irby                     Karen Owen & Fern Gold      Waldo                     Bill Powell                 Wiles                   Laura Dearinger
Irby                     Sheryl Silcox               Wiles                     Beth McLaurin               Wiles                   Laura Rafferty
Norton                   B. Stanley and E. Otwell    Wiles                     Sue Vick                    Williams                Katherine Pais
Sidney Lanier            Larry Powell                Williams                  Anna Sperring               Williams                K. Brockman & D. Schofield
Westwood                 Sheryl Gifford              Williams                  Daniel Drost                Williams                Melinda Craine
                        Investing in the Future
Scholarships + Mentors = Hope                                                                             Our Generous Sponsors!
                                                                                        Individuals and businesses who sponsor scholarships have the satisfaction of
Take Stock In Children is an incentive scholarship                                      knowing 100% of their contribution is used to pay for the scholarship of a local
and mentoring program that is changing the lives                                        child and that their contribution is matched dollar-for-dollar through the Florida
of children and working to break the cycle of                                           Prepaid College Program.
academic failure and poverty. With a 93% success
rate, there are currently 115 Alachua County
Public School Scholars in our local program, plus                                                    Class of 2013 Full Scholarship Sponsors
an additional 109 who have graduated from high
school and enrolled in college, and some of our
graduates have already earned degrees!

Take Stock in Children is a public-private
partnership of state government, businesses,
school systems, social service agencies, civic and
religious organizations, and private citizens that is
making a measurable difference for Florida’s

          An Elite Group is Selected in the 7th Grade:
Students are chosen based on GPA, teacher recommendations, interviews,
personal statements and desire to achieve. Selection is competitive and we are
proud to announce the 25 Alachua County 7th graders chosen to be Take Stock
In Children Scholars!
                                                                                         Anonymous Donor                                  AvMed Health Plans
                          Class of 2013 Scholars                                         Bank of America                                  Blaser Family Foundation
Stanley Alvarez                    Dawn Mavins                   Holden Bangle           Campus USA Credit Union                          Barbara and Phil Emmer
Andrea McCray                      Ke’Ara Brown                  Michael McCray          G.W. Robinson Family                             Peg Nattress
Ronald Brown                       Jazmin Navarro                Dominique Cudjo         Davis and Judi Rembert                           Dorene and Jack Ross
Courtney O’Brien                   Nicole Cook                   Austin Olitsky
                                                                                         Salter, Feiber, Murphy, Hutson & Menet P.A.      Thomas H. Maren Foundation
Elliot Covington                   Kadisha Rollins               Felicia Galvez
Sean Scott                         Chelsey Griffin               Taylor Stamps           Women’s Giving Circle of the                     WYKS/KISS 105.3 FM
Laura Guillen                      Cayla Tucker                  Sylmoney Hall           Gainesville Community Foundation
Nikki Vogel                        Marrisa Lee                   Austin Watkins
Lucy Mardy                                                                                         Class of 2013 Partial Scholarship Sponsors
                                                                                        Barr Systems                                      Compass Bank
                                                                                        Cox Communications                                Jody and Sue Ellen Davis
                                                                                        Margaret Early                                    David Figlio and Carrie Miller
                                                                                        Florida Credit Union                              Florida Septic
                                                                                        Gainesville Health and Fitness Centers            Ellen Gershow
                                                                                        Hawthorne Firefighters                            Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Hazen
                                                                                        Dr. and Mrs. Kellner                              Jacqueline Langee
                                                                                        Bill and Gail Mattsson                            Dr. and Mrs. Charles Pinkoson
                                                                                        Alan and Cynthia Sawyer                           Shands at UF
                                                                                        Gordon Streib                                     Vibeke and Martin Vala

                                                                                                 Earning Their Scholarship in the 12th Grade.

  With the incentive of a four-year college tuition scholarship and the guidance of a
 volunteer mentor, the 25 Alachua County students in the “Class of 2013” pledged to
 maintain their grades and remain drug-and-crime-free as they entered the Take Stock
 In Children program in a special ceremony October 9 at Fort Clarke Middle School.

A crucial component of the Take
Stock In Children Program is the
volunteer mentor who meets
weekly with their scholar at school.
Mentors help scholars reach their
long-term goal of a four-year
college scholarship by serving as                                                                       Some members of the Class of 2008 at Senior Night.
friends, advocates, and positive                                                        These students have successfully met the conditions of the contract they signed
role models throughout middle and                                                       in the 7th grade and will be awarded a four-year college tuition scholarship
                                        Class of 2013 Take Stock In Children Scholar,
high school.                             Ronald, with his mentor, Scott Burgard and     upon graduation from high school.
                                        one of his sponsors, Julie Todd, representing
                                                  the Florida Credit Union.
                                                                                           Congratulations and Good Luck to our Class of 2008!
                                                                                                  Buchholz High School                Eastside High School
Thank you to our volunteer mentors for the Class of 2013!
                                                                                                      Luis Salazar                        David Benton
Neal Anderson                 Matt Blakeley                  Scott Burgard                           Zachary Wood                       Lentorria Graham
Lore Davis                    Angela Foote                   Jim Gamberton                          Samantha Rhetorik                   Jasper Stephenson
Michelle Garrison             Amy Hager                      Sarah Hartmann
Regina Holland                Helene Johns                   Kathryn Lehman                       Gainesville High School             Newberry High School
Marion Mark                   Tracy Miller                   Elizabeth Patton                         S’mara Bryant                      Michael Trimm
Brenda Peeples                Trevis Prince                  Kayla Sosnow                             Luis Quinones
Eve Stairs                    Adrienne Theike                Allyssa Thomas                            Jose Ramos                     Santa Fe High School
Pamular Watkins               Judith Weaver                  Josh West                                                                   Lacquinta Lott
                                                                                                                                        Desheria Graves
Jimmie Williams               Angela Wright                  Dave Yachabach
Debbie Yachabach
Potential of Students
  Motivating Meals: Special Thanks                                                             Former Take Stock Scholar Advises New Class
      To Our In-Kind Sponsors                                                          In the fall of 1996, Porfirio Laboy signed his Take Stock in Children contract as
                                                                                       a 7th grader and began his journey as a Take Stock scholar. While at Westwood
                                               Carrabba’s Italian Grill graciously
                                                                                       Middle and Gainesville High School, Porfirio worked closely with his volunteer
                                               hosted our Class of 2007 Senior
                                                                                       mentors Melanie Shore and Roslyn Levy.
                                               Luncheon. Our scholars, volunteer
                                                                                       He made the most of this scholarship
                                               mentors, scholarship sponsors, and
                                                                                       opportunity by first attending Santa Fe
                                               school coordinators gathered at
                                                                                       Community College and then the
                                               Carrabba’s for an end-of-the-year
                                                                                       University of Florida, where he is now a
                                               celebration to recognize the
                                                                                       senior majoring in Family, Youth, and
                                               successes and accomplishments of
                                                                                       Community Services. Porfirio supple-
                                               the graduating class.
                                                                                       mented his Take Stock in Children
                                                                                       scholarship by remaining active in the
More than 300 Take Stock In Children
                                                                                       ROTC, and upon graduation, he will enter Porfirio Laboy with Foundation Board
scholars, family members, volunteer
                                                                                       the Army Reserves as a Second President Ellen Gershow at “Class of
mentors and scholarship sponsors
                                                                                       Lieutenant.                                         2013” Contract Signing.
gathered at Kanapaha Middle School
to celebrate another successful year
                                                                                       At the Contract Signing for the incoming Take Stock in Children “Class of 2013,”
for the Take Stock In Children
                                                                                       Porfirio spoke words of wisdom, encouraging the scholars to realize that time
Program. Bill Pokorny, a retired
                                                                                       goes quickly, but nothing in life is impossible. “Regardless of your life
United States Naval Captain, was the
                                                                                       circumstances, anything is possible if you take advantage of the opportunities
keynote speaker. John Rogers, a
                                                                                       life presents to you, including this wonderful program,” Porfirio said.
member of the North Central Florida
Blues Society played guitar and, as they do
every year, Outback Steakhouse generously
                                                                                                                 My Turn To Give Back
provided our entire “Take Stock family”                                                When David Figlio and Carrie Miller heard about Take Stock In Children, they
with a delicious buffet dinner.                                                        knew right away that this was the opportunity to pay back a “debt” for similar
                                                                                       incentive scholarship opportunities that they both received in high school.

                          Thank you to Cox Communications for sponsoring our           In the Washington, D.C. and Maryland areas, high achieving students from
                          2008 Annual Mentor Appreciation Luncheon!                    lower-income families were offered
                                                                                       a full-ride scholarship to George

               Success Stories                                                         Washington University if they were
                                                                                       able to maintain a 3.8 GPA. Due to
                                                                                       his diligence and desire to succeed,
        Lifelong Friends                                                               David was able to receive the
                                                                                       scholarship, and is now a Knight-
Despite a challenging family situation,                                                Ridder Professor of Economics at the
Sarah Hall began pursuing her dream of                                                 University of Florida.
a college scholarship in 2001. With the
help of her mentor, school system                                                                                                 Sponsor David Figlio with his Take Stock in
                                                                                       David’s wife Carrie Miller went to          Children Scholar, Marrisa Lee, and
employee Linda Jenkins, Sarah has                                                      Kansas State University on a Marrisa’s former principal, Lacy Redd of
achieved this goal and is now pursuing                                                 biochemistry scholarship with similar          Newberry Elementary School.
her new ambition to become a nurse                                                     criterion to Take Stock in Children.
midwife. Sarah has enrolled at Florida                                                 She has been the Education Reporter
International University for the fall                                                  for The Gainesville Sun, and currently she is writing, producing, and directing an
                                                  Sarah Hall with her mentor,
term, with Linda continuing to serve as                 Linda Jenkins.                 independent film on Tillie Anderson, the first female professional bicycle racer.
her long distance “cyber” mentor.
                                                                                       “We both benefited from these types of programs -- and are delighted to help the
“Working with Sarah was one of the most rewarding things I have done. She              next generation benefit as well!” David said.
inspired me to look at my life and appreciate all that I have. Sarah has had very
little given to her in life, but every time I met with her I came away with pride in
what she accomplished throughout high school,” Linda said, reflecting on their
relationship. “When I first met her and her family, they were living in a homeless
shelter. Now Sarah is enrolled in college and on her way to a new life. Her story                  Dear Sponsor,
clearly illustrates why Take Stock in Children is the outstanding program that it
is. We can see the results so clearly.”                                                            Thank you so
               “Pay Back” Time for Former Scholar                                                  education. As ch for sponsoring my coll
                                                                                                                   Ie                                ege
                                                                                                  let me tell yo nter into my final year of
                                                                                                                 uh                                 high school,
Michelle Garrison always knew that she was meant to be a teacher. When
Michelle was an 8th grade student at Hawthorne Middle/High School, she
                                                                                                  me. The guara ow much your suppor t has
                                                                                                                  nte                                m
received an 8th Grade Incentive Scholarship from the Foundation, a program that                  has motivated e of finances for a higher eant to
                                                                                                                  m                                edu
was the precursor to the Take Stock in Children program. Upon graduation, she                   assigning of a e to per form well in schoo cation
                                                                                                                 me                               l. Th
                                     attended Santa Fe Community College and                    of goals and a ntor has also helped me in e
                                                                                                               sa                                   th
                                     the University of Florida to earn her                     After this yea suppor t for when things g e setting
                                     teaching degree. In order to repay the                                   r, I’ll be headin                  et
                                     community that supported her dreams,                      of Florida or                    g off to either tough.
                                                                                                             the                               the Universit
                                     Michelle is now mentoring a Take Stock in                Bachelor’s Deg University of South Florid                       y
                                                                                                              ree in Compu                      a to pursue a
                                     Children “Class of 2013” 7th grade                       because of you                 ter Sc
                                     scholar.                                                                ! Thank you so ience. This is all possible
                                                                                             truly means a                     much for you
                                                                                                              lot to me.                       r suppor t! It
                                     “I am thrilled to be a Take Stock in Children
                                     mentor, especially to one of the newest                Thanks again
                                     recipients and my former student, Courtney
   Mentor Michelle Garrison with
  her Take Stock in Children Scholar O’Brien. She speaks of being a lawyer one             Michael S. Tr
          Courtney O’Brien.          day and I hope that I am there to see her off                       imm
                                                                                          Newberry Hig
                                     to college knowing she’s on the right path                         h School Senio
thanks to the Take Stock in Children program,” said Michelle. “I was able to              Take Stock in                r
                                                                                                        Children Scho
obtain my dream of becoming a teacher with the support of the Foundation. I                                           lar
know that Courtney has heard my story, which I tell every year on the first day
of school. I am proud to be able to serve now as Courtney’s mentor, friend, and
role model for as long as she so chooses.”

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