FUTURES Foundation elects 4 board members

FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools recently elected area business and civic leaders Justine Florez, Dr. Donald May Sr., Francine Quesada and Debbie Tappin to its board of directors.

Ms. Florez of Ormond Beach previously served as a Volusia Take Stock in Children College Success Coach and currently mentors two students within the program. She previously worked for the Florida Department of Education and Governor’s Office in Tallahassee.

Dr. May of New Smyrna Beach serves as the academic chair of the School of Education at Daytona State College. He previously taught in Volusia County Schools.

Ms. Quesada of Flagler Beach is director of corporate communications for Florida Health Care Plans in Holly Hill. She previously was an independent marketing consultant and served as marketing director for Orthopaedic Associates of St. Augustine.

Ms. Tappin of Ormond Beach is the senior vice president of claims for the northeast and southeast regions for Foundation Risk Partners. She has worked within the insurance industry for more than two decades.

For more information, visit futuresvolusia.org.

Hospitality students host Pineapple Anchor Ball

Bethune-Cookman University’s Bob Billingslea School of Hospitality Management will host its second annual, student-managed Pineapple Anchor Ball at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, 2021 at The Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort, 100 N. Atlantic Ave.

U.S. Rep. Val Demings, D-FL, will be the keynote speaker.

The fundraising event provides students with a semester of experiential learning under the guidance of professors and industry experts.

The nautically-themed event will feature a welcome reception, a VIP culinary tasting experience with BBSHM alumnus Chef Sialma Telfort, owner of Sage’s Kitchen, and an exquisite dinner menu.

A silent auction and performances by the B-CU LiveWire Band and Orchesis Dance Ensemble will round-out the entertainment.

For tickets, visit https://app.mobilecause.com/form/tfSH9w?vid=m1bsp/.

Review instructional materials

Volusia County Schools has initiated the process for adopting new instructional materials and is seeking public review and input.

This school year, Florida’s materials adoption focuses on mathematics for kindergarten through 12th grade.

The public can access the potential instructional materials online or see them at public meeting scheduled for Oct. 28. The deadline to provide comment is Nov. 5. The selected final choice will be available for the public to view Nov. 17.

The public meetings will be:

•5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, Mainland High School Auditorium, 1255 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach

•5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, Campbell Middle School F.A.C.T. Fair in Gym, 625 S. Keech St., Daytona Beach

The potential materials will be online at vcsedu.org/imlms/instructional-materials.

Questions about this instructional review can be sent to Kris Smith, Library Media Services and Instructional Materials Specialist, at ktsmith@volusia.k12.fl.us.

School gets 'Blue Grant' from water district

Burns Science and Technology Charter School in Oak Hill received a Blue School Grant from the St. Johns River Water Management District for a hands-on projects to enhance student development in science, technology, engineering and math.

Grants of up to $2,000 per teacher are awarded for a range of six to 12th grade educational programs.

Burns was awarded for a water resources and conservation awareness project.

Drive through trick or treat

Vendors and participants are needed for Orange City ElementarySchool's trick-or-treat drive-through at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, at 555 E. University Ave.

Dress up and distribute candy. A prize will be given for best costume and best overall.

For more information, email orangeciitypta@gmail.com.

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