FUNDING FOR SCHOOLS — The Consortium of Florida Education Foundations recently awarded FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools $123,270 in matching funds through the legislatively funded School District Education Foundation (SDEF) Matching Grant Program. Tools for Online Learning will impact 12,000 students and 1,200 teachers through 20 school and districtwide projects. Principals of those schools receiving SDEF funding, from left, are Tamara Hopkins, Sweetwater Elementary in Port Orange; Dr. Julie Roseboom, Tomoka Elementary in Ormond Beach; Leslie Frazee, DeBary Elementary; Joshua Jackson, Pathways Elementary in Ormond Beach; Katie Kearn, Horizon Elementary in Port Orange; Susan Tuten, Ormond Beach Middle; Jennifer Williams, Citrus Grove Elementary in DeLand; Shannon Young, George W. Marks Elementary in DeLand; and Eilene Ahr, Edith I. Starke Elementary in DeLand. PHOTO COURTESY STEPHANIE PARKS

Driver’s education is being offered again in spring 2022. Driver’s education is an after-school, Saturday, and summer-school program in partnership with Volusia County Schools, the County of Volusia and The Dori Slosberg Foundation.

Online registration will open at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, and close at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12. Classes fill up extremely fast.

Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis, and if there are more students than allotted slots, a waiting list will be formed.

After-school Monday and Tuesday classes will be offered in West Volusia at Taylor Middle-High School in Pierson, and Saturday classes will be offered in West Volusia at DeLand High School and at University High School in Orange City.

Students must have their permits to learn to drive from trained professionals. They can obtain a half-elective credit, take a road test with their driving coach, and obtain a waiver for their driver’s license.

Take Stock in Children (TSIC) is a scholarship and mentoring program in the Volusia County school system. Eighth-grade students can apply now for the program through Feb. 4. Those students selected will receive a college-tuition scholarship when they meet program requirements and graduate from high school.

Take Stock in Children requirements include that students must financially qualify, maintain a 2.5 GPA, attend school regularly, have limited or no disciplinary referrals to administration, meet weekly with an appointed mentor at school or through Zoom with the TSIC app, meet with TSIC staff one to two times a semester, and attend college-readiness workshops provided by TSIC.

The application link is, or call 386-734-7190 and request the Take Stock in Children office.

Students age 11 and above in the Pierson area can get vaccinated against COVID-19 at Pierson Community Pharmacy. Call 386-749-9557.

Remember that students, faculty and staff in Volusia County public schools return to class on Tuesday, Jan. 4.

GIFT FOR WONDERFUL SUBSTITUTE TEACHER — Kim Short, left, a volunteer and child advocate in Volusia County, recently visited Starke Elementary School in DeLand. Short started a GoFundMe account, asking specifically for classroom support for our most needy schools, our Title I schools. Here she gifts substitute teacher Stacie Higbee $100. Higbee has been a substitute since the first day of school. She set up an empty classroom so she could teach six amazing boys, pouring so much love into her students.

DeLand High School athletics

The DeLand High School Lady Bulldogs basketball team competes at Mount Dora Christian Academy at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, and the Bulldog boys’ basketball team will play against East River High School at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4.

The DeLand wrestlers will be participating in the District Duals at Sanford Seminole High School Jan. 4, and the DeLand girls’ soccer team plays host to Spruce Creek at 6 p.m. that same day.

On Wednesday, Jan. 5, the DeLand girls’ weightlifting team competes against Lyman at 4 p.m.

On Thursday, Jan. 6, the DeLand boys’ soccer team travels to Crescent City for games at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. The Lady Bulldog basketball players compete against University High in Orange City at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Jan. 6.

Friday, Jan. 7, has the Bulldog boys’ basketball team playing at Deltona High at 7 p.m.

And on Saturday, Jan. 8, the Bulldog boys’ soccer players will head to Mainland High in Daytona Beach for the start of the Five Star Tournament.

Stetson University Athletics

Donnie Jones, the Stetson University men’s head basketball coach, has signed a contract extension that will keep him on the Stetson bench through at least the 2025-26 season.

Stetson University Athletics Director Jeff Altier has finalized an extension of the lease agreement with the City of DeLand for use of Melching Field. The extension will keep the Stetson baseball program at Melching Field for home contests through the 2041 season. The agreement spells out updates to the facility that will commence following the completion of the 2022 season, with Stetson and the City of DeLand each covering 50 percent of the planned 17 renovations.

College honors

Elias Velasquez, of Orange City, has been named a recipient of the Panther Preferred Scholarship by Greenville University in Greenville, Illinois. This $19,500 scholarship is offered for fall 2022 and is renewable annually.

Kylianne Philip, of DeLand, a student at Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia, has been named to the president’s list for the fall 2021 semester. The president’s list includes all full-time students with a 4.0 GPA for the semester.

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