News from Education Foundation of Indian River County

For Immediate Release


Vero Beach, FL September 16, 2021 — On Tuesday, Publix Supermarkets Charities awarded the Education Foundation of Indian River County $31,020. These funds, in the form of Publix Gift Cards, will be distributed to all public and public charter schools. Principals will be able to use the gift cards to meet any emergency and unplanned needs that might arise at their schools.

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Presentation Photo From Left to Right: Chris Ellis – Store Manager, Publix Ryanwood Center; Douglas Herron – Executive Director, Education Foundation of Indian River County; John Hrusovsky – Store Manager, Publix 12th Street Plaza; Brett Tessier – District Manager for Indian River and Brevard Counties

The money was raised during Publix’ annual “Tools for Schools” employee and customer fundraising campaign. Currently operating nine stores, Publix Supermarkets is a Top Ten employer in Indian River County and is well known for their community partnerships.

The Education Foundation of Indian River County funds Indian River County School District programs and services that support opportunities for students to achieve academic success Pre-K through 12th Grade. Current projects include High Impact Grants for Teachers and Schools, STEP into Kindergarten, Indian River County Regional Science and Engineering Fair and The Sneaker Exchange.  As a member of the Florida Consortium of Education Foundations; The Education Foundation is the affiliated fund-raising agency for the Indian River County School District. For more information, please contact the Education Foundation office: Douglas Herron, Executive Director, director@edfoundationirc.org, (772) 564-0034.


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