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2018 Education Grants – Enhancing Education

In funding public primary and secondary schools, the State of Florida spends $8,755 per pupil compared to the national average of $11,007. To offset tightening education budgets, dedicated teachers and school administrators have reached out to private funding sources to help them not only maintain academic standards, but also to enhance the quality of education they are providing. In 2018, our Charities Foundation made grants to the following eight local schools and organizations that are striving to provide better education to the children in northern Palm Beach County:

Allamanda Elementary School seeks to enhance the education of its young Palm Beach Gardens students by encouraging high volume reading. The Foundation’s 2018 grant will fund the purchase of books that appeal to Kindergarten through 2nd grade students.

Carson Scholars Fund seeks to enhance reading skills by providing elementary schools with dedicated reading rooms stocked with 500 high interest books for children. Our 2018 grant helped fund one such reading room in the Palmetto Elementary School in West Palm Beach.

Inlet Grove Community High School, an “A” rated charter school in Riviera Beach with a 92% graduation rate, is focused on reading skills. It’s after-school program includes instruction in reading, math, science and social studies by certified teachers. The Foundation’s 2018 grant funds the purchase of computer equipment.

Palm Beach State College Foundation. Our 2018 grant will be matched by Florida’s First Generation in College matching fund to assist students who are the first in their family to attend college.

Suncoast High School is an International Baccalaureate school that seeks to bridge the gap between art and engineering. Our 2018 grant will provide for the purchase of MacBook computers for this program.

Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches is an all-volunteer organization which, among other things, seeks to enhance music education in Title 1 schools by providing musical instruments to low-income and homeless children.

The Learning Academy at the El’s Center of Excellence is a charter high school serving students ages 14 to 21 with autism spectrum disorder. Our 2018 grant will fund the purchase of physical exercise equipment.

Watson B. Duncan Middle School seeks to provide enhanced education to its students. Our 2018 grant will enable the school to purchase additional computer equipment.