The Education Foundation of Indian River County (EF-IRC) operates both as a funding source and as a service provider for the school community.
We work with the school system to develop, evaluate and secure funding for new, innovative projects, generated both by the system itself and by community organizations.
In addition we seek to support the students' opportunities to achieve school success and to develop the skills needed to meet the challenges of higher education and the pursuit of vocational interests.
During the 2015-2016 school year the EF-IRC infused over $350,000 in program services and awarded over one million dollars in college scholarships and academic awards at the Indian River Regional Science & Engineering Fair.
Snapshot of Services during the 2015-2016 School Year:
Backpacks/School Supply Fund
Service: Provides children in need with a backpack filled with grade appropriate school supplies.
Impact: Distributes backpack kits to children in grades K-12th beginning in August and throughout the school year -> provides children the basic tools to learn and reduces the amount a teacher spends to support children in need.
2015-2016 Fast Fact: 2,000 backpack kits were distributed to children in need. An additional $10,000 worth of school supplies were donated by Publix Super Markets.
Tools to Learn
Service: A resource for teachers to gain necessary classroom supplies for general education. The virtual supply closet (www.edfoundationirc.org) offers a wide range of items. Teachers may also request items not listed. The program is presented in partnership with the Indian River County Lawyers Auxiliary.
Impact: Provided support schools and students during the school year.
2015-2016 Fast Fact: 2,500 students have been served as of June 2016.
Vision for Reading
Service: Provides vision screening, follow-up eye examinations and glasses to all students in Indian River County public schools. The program is a collaborative partnership with the Learning Alliance and the School District of Indian River County.
Impact: Prior to this program students were not receiving comprehensive vision screening. Through a grant from the John’s Island Foundation vision screening devices were purchased and this year 10,000 students in grades K-6th and 9th were screened. Now students can see to learn. The investment in screening and remediating vision issues saves on the expense of catching children up when they are behind.
2015-2016 Fast Fact: 10,000 students have been screened (K-6th and 9th grades) over 400 students received glasses and eye exams.
Service: Keeps children on a path of learning by providing sneakers and socks to children in need.
Impact: This school year we provided 1,700 pairs of sneakers and socks to children in need enabling them to participate in all school activities with renewed self-confidence.
Great Ideas! Grants
Service: Offers schools the opportunity to apply for financial support to fulfill unmet funding gaps.
Impact: Awards funding annually in the form of innovative classroom and school grants which provide measurable outcomes drive students’ achievement and advance established curriculum.
- Almost $218,000 will be distributed by June 30, 21015
- In addition:
- $35,500 School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program
- Almost $72,000 from John's Island Foundation & John's Island Community Service League to extend Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program through the summer for struggling 4 year olds preparing to enter Kindergarten
- $44,000 from the Indian River Community Foundation to extend Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten through the summer for struggling 4 year olds preparing to enter Kindergarten
- $18,000 from Impact 100 to fund Algebra Counts grant for struggling High Schoolers
- $12,500 from Jake Owen Foundation to fund Algebra Counts grant for struggling High Schoolers
Service: A comprehensive program that offers 10,000 students the opportunity to participate in a forum of science that integrates all learning disciplines through outreach programs and through local and regional competitions.
Impact: Students participate annually at the regional fair for academic prizes and college scholarships. The program encourages students to pursue college degrees and is the driver of science curriculum in the community.
Studies show that 5th and 8th grade students who participated in the science fair scored 14 points above those who did not on the FCAT.
Elementary: 204 projects and over 300 participants
- Secondary: 217 projects
20 students advance to the State Science Fair in Lakeland, Florida
2 students advanced to the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair in Phoenix, AZ where they placed 3rd in their category
- Over one million dollars in academic prizes and college scholarships awarded
Service: Offers workshops to advance and support professional development for all educators in both public and private schools.