Realtors present checks to local schools

The Adopt-A-School sub-committee recently delivered $5, 979.94 in grant checks to some of the local Volusia County elementary schools.

The Daytona Beach Area Association of Realtors' Adopt-A-School program selects one or more deserving schools and provides much-needed funds specifically earmarked for classrooms not only to aid as many students as possible, but also to assist teachers who often pay for school supplies for their classrooms out of pocket.

To ensure the funds are spent appropriately, schools are required to submit a Request for Funds form which outlines the specific uses of the funds. Once approved by DBAAR’s Member Services Committee and its Board of Directors, money is directed towards the school’s needs.

Since revising the Adopt-A-Child program to the Adopt-A-School program in 2011, the program has been able to assist local schools with items such as document cameras, computers, books, calculators, as well as playground, physical education and music equipment with monetary contributions and fundraising efforts totaling almost $50,000.

Distribution of funds 2018: Osceola Elementary, $780; Horizon Elementary, $500; Pine Trail Elementary, $500; Sweetwater Elementary, $599.94; R.J. Longstreet Elementary, $1,750; and Ortona Elementary, $1,850.

For more informationn contact Justinia Abinette, Communications and Government Affairs Coordinator, at (386) 677-7131 or email at

FUTURES Foundation promotes one, hires one

FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools has promoted Stephanie C. Parks, Deltona, to Program Coordinator, and hired Erica Nordstrom, Daytona Beach, as Administrative Assistant.

Ms. Parks attended Stetson University in DeLand, where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious Studies and holds minors in Music Performance and Spanish. Before joining the FUTURES team as Administrative Assistant in August, Parks spent the last five years as the Program Coordinator of a YMCA grant-funded teen program. This program allowed her to strengthen her connections within the school district and positively impact high school students through group mentoring, life skills training and service learning.

Ms. Nordstrom will be responsible for administrative support to FUTURES and Take Stock in Children and previously served as an Office Specialist II at Spruce Creek High School and registrar at Daytona College in Ormond Beach. She has her Associate of Arts from Daytona State College and is completing her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting at Daytona State College.

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