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posted Jun 25, 2013 - 9:43:59am
First United Methodist Church of Port Orange and International Speedway Corporation were recently honored as exemplary school partners by Commissioner of Education Tony Bennett. The winners were announced during the Commissioner’s Business Recognition Awards (CBRA) reception at the Grand Hyatt in Tampa June 13. For the past 26 years, the CBRA event has celebrated innovative partnerships between Florida businesses/organizations and public schools.
Volusia’s recipients were selected from 39 partners-of-the-year nominations submitted by schools to a district committee. Dr. Margaret Smith, superintendent of schools, Diane Smith, school board chairman, and Pat Travis, facilitator of volunteer/partnership programs joined Pastor Tom Nelson and church members at the reception.
When First United Methodist Church of Port Orange adopted Sugar Mill Elementary School in 2011, a valuable partnership was formed. During school start-up they donated school supplies to students and teachers, then later replenished supplies mid-year. Through the church’s thrift store they provide coupons for discount shopping and gift cards for purchasing new sneakers for the children. Church members have volunteered as mentors, serving as positive role models while inspiring students to succeed. The church has supplied breakfast for staff during pre-planning week and lunch during Staff Appreciation Week. They have also provided holiday meals to needy families and groceries for additional families throughout the year. The church previously partnered with Port Orange Elementary School where they supplied mentors and the “Bright Stars” after-school tutor program.
International Speedway Corporation (ISC) has a long partnership history with Volusia County Schools. In 1992 they developed Winner’s Circle-Victory Lane to encourage at-risk high school students to stay focused on school. ISC provides events at the speedway, motivational speakers, job tours and a race day field trip. Over 1,500 students have benefited from the program since its inception.
ISC has been a major sponsor of the Sports Science Academy at Mainland High School in Daytona Beach. They provide the academy hands-on events, tours, field trips and career speakers. In 2005 ISC and Daytona International Speedway initiated Racing to Read, a reading incentive program that provides race tickets as incentives for students to practice reading at home. Since 2005 over 35,000 tickets valued at over one million dollars have been made available to students.
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