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Take Stock In Children Receives Commissioner’s Business Recognition Award

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(From left) Don Appelquist, executive director, SFCC Foundation, Inc., Wally Cox, Superintendent of Highlands County Schools, Dr. Norm Stephens, SFCC president, and Irene Castanon, coordinator, TSIC receive the Commissioner’s Business Recognition Award from Dr. Eric J. Smith, Florida Commissioner of Education.

(From left) Don Appelquist, executive director, SFCC Foundation, Inc., Wally Cox, Superintendent of Highlands County Schools, Dr. Norm Stephens, SFCC president, and Irene Castanon, coordinator, TSIC receive the Commissioner’s Business Recognition Award from Dr. Eric J. Smith, Florida Commissioner of Education.

Take Stock in Children (TSIC) recently garnered the Commissioner’s Business Recognition Award. The awards recognize businesses throughout the state for their commitment to improving the academic success of all students.

TSIC is a non-profit program which provides deserving low-income children in the community scholarships to college or vocational school and guidance from caring mentors. The program is a joint effort of the Highlands County School Board, the South Florida Community College (SFCC) Foundation, and the many citizens who help fund the program and volunteer to serve as student mentors.

Superintendant Wally Cox and the Highlands County School Board nominated TSIC for  the award. “Every year, we recognize two business partners to receive this award,” Cox said. “Because of our long relationship with TSIC and the SFCC Foundation, Inc. and because they have helped so many of our local students receive scholarships, we wanted to recognize them.”

“TSIC really makes a difference in the lives of so many of our young people who might not otherwise continue their education beyond high school,” said Dr. Norm Stephens, SFCC president. “The mentors, student advocates, and generous donors all make this program so successful, but the success also depends upon the working relationship with the faculty and administrative staff at each of the middle and high schools in DeSoto, Hardee, and Highlands counties.  This is another great example of a strong partnership that accrues benefits to many.  On behalf of all of us at SFCC, we sincerely thank the Highlands County School Board for nominating this very effective program for the Commissioner’s Business Partnership Award.”  

“Take Stock in Children is a wonderful program for the children of our area, but wouldn’t be what it is without the support of the Highlands County School Board,” said Donald Appelquist, executive director, SFCC Foundation, Inc. “So when they recommend our program to the Commissioner’s Business Recognition Awards, it is high praise indeed. The Take Stock in Children partnership between SFCC and the Highlands County School Board is an exemplary program. In fact, the state Take Stock in Children organization recently selected our partnership as a model program for rural communities in the state.”

The SFCC Foundation, Inc. serves as the lead agency for Take Stock in Children in its service area of DeSoto, Hardee, and Highlands counties. To date, over 300 students have been provided scholarships and mentors. To become a Take Stock mentor, call Irene Castanon, coordinator, Take Stock in Children, at (863) 784-7343.

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