17th Annual Charity Shoot

A Beautiful Day at Indian River Trap and Skeet

Thank you to all of our 2017 Charity Shoot sponsors and participants. What a wonderful day we had on Saturday. A special thank you to Nicky Szapary, Windsor Gun Club Director, who has led this event for us for the last 17 years.

First Place Winners: Guy Snowden, Joel Wilsher and Gordon Calder

Second Place Winners: Dede Snowden, Ladd Bourne and Alastair Kennedy

Third Place Winners: Tom Theobald, Lee Etheredge and Jim McIntyre

We are so grateful to our sponsors:

  • Foundation Sponsors: George E. Warren Corporation, Georgia Welles Family
  • Mallet/Gun Sponsor: Guy and Dede Snowden, The Thomas F. and Clementine L. Mullan Foundation, Warren and Virginia Schwerin
  • Target Sponsor: Ed and Cathy Filusch, Bill and Maryann Becker, Cary and Patrice Stowe
  • Award Sponsor: Hudson Advisor Services, Russell Minton, Reg Newman. Wanda Lincoln



Congratulations to the State Bid Students

Please join us as we congratulate our State Science Fair Students.  All 17 Indian River County Students either placed or received special recognition at the State Science Fair in Lakeland, Florida. We are so proud of all the students. Hard work pays off!
Please see the complete lists for our county below.

2017 Wine and Wickets Event

We had a wonderful afternoon on Tuesday, February 28th at our second annual Wine and Wickets Event at the John's Island West Course.  The weather was fabulous, setting was spectacular, wine and cheese were delicious and we all learned how to perfect our game of croquet. Thank you to all who came out to support us, we hope you had as much fun as we did.  What a perfect way to give back to the students of Indian River County.

Navy Seal Event

Education Foundation Kicks off Science Fair with Navy Seal Event

More than 200 Guests attended a private event on Thursday, February 2, 2017 to kick off the 25th Annual Science and Engineering Fair.  In collaboration with the Navy Seal Museum, the Education Foundation welcomed NASA Chief of Astronants and Navy Seal Chris Cassidy to the museum.  Chief Cassidy also met with high school science fair participants prior to the reception where he answered questions about his experiences as an astronaut.
Chief Cassidy mingled with guests during the cocktail reception who had the unique opportunity to hear about his experiences in space.  Many thanks to Indian Rvier Medical Center who generously underwrote the reception.
Please click on the link below to read the press release about the evening and learn more about Chief Cassidy.

Florida Students Achieve

The Florida Department of Education has introduced a website to Educate parents. Please click on the link below to learn more.


Florida’s students and Florida’s schools have risen to more rigorous expectations. Even with higher degrees of academic challenge, more and more students are achieving. That’s great news for Florida families. Still, there is opportunity for improvement.

Florida Students Achieve is dedicated to helping our state’s families, our communities and our schools strive for and reach ever-increasing educational goals. Empowered by childhood educational excellence, every student should emerge from public education as a young adult both with high aspirations and the full capability to pursue them.

Here you will find resources to help you choose the best schools for your children and to understand what things students should be learning. This will help you work with your child’s teachers to ensure the best possible outcomes.

Also, we will continually post information about our schools and ideas to help you be a leader in your child’s education. Follow us on twitter and sign up for our email updates to see when new information is posted. We invite all parents to be a part of the movement to make Florida the smartest state in the nation!



Wabasso School Grant Presentation

The Education Foundation of Indian River County, in partnership, with the School District of Indian River County held a special dedication of iPads to benefit 50 students at the Wabasso School on Wednesday, November 16th.  
The Wabasso Principal, Mrs. Kathy Piernadozzi, and school team leaders provided a brief presentation then led a tour of the school.  The John’s Island Foundation provided a grant of $35,695.00 for the iPads to provide voices to the Wabsso School students who are nonverbal or have very limited verbal communication.  The project seeks to extend learning opportunities by meeting the students’ unique learning needs, while opening doors for students to communicate in all settings.

What We Do And How It Works

What is the Mission of Education Foundation of Indian River County?

The Education Foundation is a non-profit organization that works to enhance our community’s investment in our schools with the goal of achieving excellence for students and educators.

How do We Fulfill our Mission?

By providing links from the community at large to classroom projects and goals:


  • Developing problem solving minds and providing college scholarships through the Indian River Regional Science & Engineering Fair
  • Engaging local business owners in the process of providing real world experiences through internships.

By initiating and supporting innovative programs throughout the county’s schools:


  • STEP into Kindergarten to increase Kindergarten readiness rates
  • SPEAK UP! And the Phoenix Kitchen at the Wabasso School – Providing children with special needs the tools to transition as productive members of our community.

By collaborating with Indian River Schools to develop and secure funding for professional development:


  • Algebra Counts 2 to increase mathematical proficiencies that lead to increased graduation rates
  • Moonshot Leaders create Out of this World Readers – Development of our principals as instructional leaders.

How Is the Education Foundation organized?

We have a volunteer board. Members of the board lead and serve on committees, such as, marketing and development. The Executive Committee guides the organization, by engaging the board members in the process of governance and strategic planning.

We have 2 full time staff members: an Executive Director and a Program Manager.  A part-time (20 hour seasonal employee) assists with administrative and development tasks.

Thank you for visiting our website. We invite you to become more involved in making a difference in the life of a child.


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