The word spotlight can be defined as a powerful light focused so as to illuminate a small area, usually mounted so that it can be directed at will to reveal and bring awareness to issues and concerns that face individuals and nations as we begin to resolve and yield a harvest of not bandage (multiple charitable interludes using Johnson & Johnson’s branded ‘Band-Aids’, as a metaphor, support, but no permanent everlasting solutions), but it must be taught and understood through mental comprehension of the mind that thoughts through thinking defines the “go to” people in all situations, not kind, well-meant or intended gestures at this time. Everyone and everything, to cure the ills and ill-wills of our homes, communities, nations and all-at-large, we must be in it for the long haul; not the ‘you-haul’, but all halls of justice and liberty rise up to take the bacon home where it belongs.
The Education Foundation of Indian River County (EF-IRC) exists to fulfill unmet funding gaps. For over 20 years our program services have been focused on enriching and enhancing educational opportunities for all students and teachers, both public and private, through effective fundraising and efficient allocation of resources.
The EF-IRC is one of only ten education foundations in the State of Florida to serve both public and private school students. This unique structure, as an independent 501c3, allows the organization to direct funding where it is needed most to build a better community. This ensures educational opportunities for every Pre-K through 12th grade student in Indian River County.
In the efforts of EF-IRC achieving their green dreams of planting seeds for the future, a spotlighted project has evolved which is about doing the right thing for a large population of children who come from food insecure families who struggle to find ways to sustain themselves with food and energy resources.
EF-IRC believes that if change is to occur, we must transform the lives of not only the impoverished children but their families, as well. It is an effort that will need the involvement of the entire community and the resources to teach children how to become empowered to sustain themselves and their families.
Vero Beach Elementary School is located on 1770 12th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960 (On 12th street between Old Dixie Highway and 20th Avenue). Vero Beach Elementary is a school with 89% of the children on free or reduced lunch plans and a 60% minority population. School enrollment is projected to be 768 students when the new school opens in August 2012.
- The new Vero Beach Elementary school (VBE) is a model green school that serves as a proto-type for other school districts in the State of Florida. More than ninety percent of VBE students are from urban impoverished families. More than 62 VBE families are homeless.
- This project funds the tools to empower students and their families to generate sustainable food and energy resources. It will also reduce student obesity, ADHD, asthma and student/teacher absenteeism.
- A nutrition kitchen and community garden have been built with grants from Impact100, AT&T, the Indian River Community Foundation and other private donors
- The project will change the lives of children who receive Free and Reduced Lunch services by teaching them about health and well-being, citizenship, the connection between hunger and drug abuse and how to generate power and food for their families.
The Indian River County School District (as well as the other school districts on the Treasure Coast) is stronger and better because the tenacious education foundations of Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Palm Beach counties are helping to get the job done for the opportunity to exist and have prosperity for all students, their families and communities.
See list below of on-going programs of EF-IRC
REF: Education Foundation of Indian River County (EF-IRC)