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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

School board approves over $47,000 in donations to public schools

Donations to numerous Marion County public schools were approved during last night’s school board meeting.

During the Marion County School Board meeting on Tuesday, October 26, the school board approved the following cash and tangible donations to various Marion County schools, totaling over $47,000:

$2,500.00 to Belleview High School. These funds will be used at the principal’s discretion.

$8,012.21 to Dr. N.H. Jones. These funds will be used to purchase outdoor tables for an outside seating and learning area under the school’s newly covered pavilion.

$1,000.00 to Hillcrest Public School. This earmarked donation will be placed in the Equine Therapy Program account to be spent on supplies and equipment for the Hillcrest Riding program.

$2,500.00 to Horizon Academy at Marion Oaks. This donation of 5 gift cards (each in the amount of $500) will be utilized by the academy to purchase items from Publix for their Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets, as well as stock their Hawks Nest food pantry.

$2,500.00 to Lake Weir High School. These funds will be used to support the school.

$4,000.00 to Marion County Public Schools. These funds will be used by Curriculum, Instruction, and Digital Learning to improve literacy with young emerging readers and to engage their families.

$1,000.00 to Marion County Public Schools Curriculum, Instruction & Digital Learning – Secondary. These funds will be used to support the 2021-2022 Big Springs STEM Fair.

School supplies and hygiene items (valued at $6,859.68) to Romeo Elementary School. These backpacks and supplies will be given to homeless and needy students.

$1,000.00 to Shady Hill Elementary. These funds will be used to purchase school-based supplies for classrooms and critical areas within the school, as well as provide student and staff incentives.

$2,500.00 to Shady Hill Elementary. These funds will be used at the principal’s discretion.

$2,500.00 to Sparr Elementary School. These funds will be used to support the school, including educational materials and recognition of students and staff.

$3,995.00 to Stanton-Weirsdale Elementary School. These funds will be used to purchase a book vending machine. As students achieve reading goals, they will earn tokens that will allow them to select books from the vending machine.

$2,500.00 to Vanguard High School. These funds will be used at the principal’s discretion.

$2,500.00 to Ward Highlands Elementary School These funds will be used to support the school, including school-wide student and staff initiatives.

$2,500.00 to West Port High School These funds will be used to support the school, including school-wide student and staff initiatives.

Clothes, Shoes, Basketballs, and Markers valued at $1,557.51 to Wyomina Park Elementary School. These items will be used to fill student needs and support their PBIS program.

After the donations were read during the meeting, board member Allison Campbell stated, “This is an amazing outpouring of support and we are so grateful to our community for continuing to support our schools.”