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The Pinellas Education Foundation, 12090 Starkey Road, offers a variety of programs designed to enhance the education of Pinellas County students.
As we approach the 2014-15 school year, the Pinellas Educuation Foundation has provided a list of to-do items each parent, teacher and community member should consider. Our children become successful adults when we work together and provide them with opportunities for growth and achievement. Information on the items listed below can be found on the Pinellas Education Foundation’s website at

For everyone in the community

• Transform the life of a student by mentoring. Studies show that students are more successful when they have a caring adult in addition to parents or family in their lives to offer them support, guidance, and encouragement.

• Empower our teachers by funding unique and innovative ideas in the classroom. Through the Foundation’s Fund A Classroom program, you can select a classroom project to fund directly at

• Infuse the foundation’s events and programs with your energy by volunteering. Your support will help us continue to reach 100,000 students each and every year.

• Participate in our events and campaigns such as our Stuff the Bus Back to School Drives, Ties and Tennis Shoes Gala and 5K, Superintendent’s Roundtables, Walker’s Rising Stars, Evening of Excellence, Career Education Breakfast and so much more! These events benefit our students directly.

• Nominate a student for our Take Stock in Children Scholarships. Nominations open Aug. 1.

• Encourage any junior or senior to apply for our Next Generation Entrepreneur competition. The winner receives a $10,000 grant to start their own business. Deadline to apply is Oct. 15.

For parents

• Join our Stuff the Bus Campaign as we collect supplies for students in need.

• Support your school or honor your teacher through our Fund A Classroom program. Visit for more information.

• Nominate your favorite teacher for the Educator of the Year honors. See your school’s Principal for details.

• Volunteer in Enterprise Village or Finance Park. Contact Patty Jeremiah-Pittman at to volunteer.

• Urge any senior in high school to apply online for one of our traditional scholarships (applications open on Aug. 15).

• Attend our Superintendent’s Roundtable and learn more about the state of education in Pinellas County. Tickets, which are $25, can be purchased on

For teachers

• Work with your school’s PTA to identify the students in need for the Back-to-School drive.

• Seek support and funding for your most inspired ideas through Fund-A-Classroom. Visit to apply.

• Talk to your principal about nominating your favorite business partner for the Business Partner of the Year Award.

• Attend our Next Generation Entrepreneur teacher training and programs on Entrepreneurship this fall which is facilitated by the Stavros Center of USF at the Stavros Institute and qualifies you for Continuing Education Credits.

• Encourage seniors to apply online for our traditional scholarships. Applications open on Aug. 15.

Since its inception in 1986, the Pinellas Education Foundation has been dedicated to enhancing educational opportunities in our county. Every program we create, every event we hold and every idea we implement is done for the betterment of our students. With your support and participation, we will continue to expand our horizons and create more opportunities for the children of our community. To find out how to get involved, please visit our website at

Tamra Eitel is associate director of the Pinellas Education Foundation, 12090 Starkey Road, Largo.
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