Investing in Kids (INK) Awarded Grant for Motorola STEM Solutions Project

Two hundred students at Gamble Rogers Middle School will have the opportunity to learn and apply STEM skills beyond the classroom through an Innovation Generation grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions Inc.  The Motorola Solutions Foundation provided $50,000 for a fourth year to challenge Florida’s district-wide local education foundations to inspire students through projects designed to help them solve real-world problems in science, technology,  engineering, and math (STEM) areas this school year through a grant to the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF).  

INK’s project was one of nine chosen from among 28 applicants to receive $5,000 through a competitive judging process with each application being reviewed and scored by a panel of STEM industry professionals through the CFEF. 

In partnership with Carlisle Interconnect Technologies, the mission of Connecting Kids to STEM with Robotics is to introduce and engage students in STEM via hands-on work with robotics.  While not only relevant for the manufacturing industry, robotics experience also fosters problem-solving collaborative projects igniting interest in students of all ages as they prepare for the world of work.  Students working with design challenges often discover important connections for the application of math and science to real world problems making these fields more attractive as a potential career path. The “problem challenges,” which shape the activities, foster the use of various types of technology within these powerful kits. From the lithium power packs, to the design of the various parts and sensors that can be assembled, students design and problem solve just like real-world engineers, all while having fun. Furthermore, the students will have an opportunity to learn from industry professionals who can provide their expertise and experiences while guiding the students with robotics. 

“In 2007, the Motorola Solutions Foundation created the “Innovation Generation Grant” program to support instruction and educational experiences that spark young imaginations and turn their dreams into the innovations that will shape our future. Organizations like INK are teaching tomorrow’s workforce that careers in engineering and technology are not only fun, but also within their reach,” said Matt Blakely, director, Motorola Solutions Foundation.

St. Augustine Lions Club donates $4,000 to support St. Johns County "Take Stock in Children" program

The St. Augustine Lions Club recently donated $4,000 to St. Johns County’s “Investing in Kids” to support the “Take Stock in Children” program. Formerly known as the St. Johns County Education Foundation, Investing in Kids administers the “Take Stock in Children” program, which aims to reduce the high school dropout rate and increase the number of local students who go on to complete college. In addition to pairing students with volunteer mentors, the program helps participants navigate the college application and selection process. Funds donated to the program are matched by the State of Florida and are used to provide college scholarships to participating students. Since its inception, more than 24,000 students statewide have successfully completed the “Take Stock in Children” program, whose participants have a 65 percent higher high school graduation rate and 136 percent higher college graduation rate than their at-risk peers. With more than 1.3 million members in more than 200 countries and geographic areas, Lions Club International is the largest service organization in the world. The St. Augustine Lions Club raises hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to support worthwhile community projects. Through fundraisers such as the club’s popular annual Lions Seafood Festival, the club provides more than 2,000 free vision screenings each year to local school children. The St. Augustine Lions Club also provides free eye exams and eyeglasses to those in need, college scholarships to local high school graduates and donations to numerous local charities and organizations.

Seeking Delicious BBQ for Fundraiser

Investing in Kids (INK) leads efforts to support initiatives to enhance public education by recognizing and inspiring teachers and students. The target audience (attendees) are St. Johns County businesses, citizens, and nearby surrounding partners. 

We are asking you to be a part of our fundraiser to benefit St. Johns County District students and teachers by donating your favorite mid-west, smoked or barbeque cuisine to our annual Pitmaster Showdown.  By soliciting various local restaurants, it will ease the responsibility to be apportioned between 5 to 10 restaurants.  This will also allow guests to enjoy various local flavors and talents.

Restaurant commitment:

  • Be ready to serve buffet-style from 7-8:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at the St. Augustine Rod & Gun Club
  • Provide enough of your favorite item to serve 100-250 people (dependent upon number of restaurant participants and final attendance)
  • Provide at least one representative to serve and clean up your area
  • Commit to the Pitmaster Showdown by June 1 (for planning and maximum exposure) by emailing holly.sipprell@stjohns.k12.fl.us or by calling (904) 495-5292

INK will provide:

  • One 6 foot table per restaurant
  • A banner with your logo to be placed in front of each table
  • Marketing and publicity
  • Volunteers and runners

Over 90 percent of all fundraising income received goes back into our local schools. Depending on the level of success a child is seeking to achieve, the level of education may be relative, but the bottom line is, a quality education is paramount to future success.  Ink’s programs help inspire students and teachers to reach this success.  We appreciate your partnership.

Community Conversations for Education

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What is it? Community Conversations for Education is a movement to bring together all of the stakeholder groups in St. Johns County in order to identify solutions for continuous improvement of public education for all students and a stronger, healthier county.

What it is not. Community Conversations for Education is not another study or competing strategy.  It is a movement to enhance our school system by developing a sense of ownership by all groups to finding solutions that will drive results.

How can I help? Get involved by attending this official launch to enhance our public school system.  This ongoing movement does not exist without the involvement of a supportive community. 

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