Educational Institutions

Charlotte Local Education Foundation Inc

  • Port Charlotte, FL
  • www.charlotteschoolfoundation.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the Charlotte Local Education Foundation, Inc. is Connecting Children, Classrooms and Community to build Student Success. We are a direct support agency for Charlotte County Public Schools. We believe that education for all is a tenant of community resources. Through charitable contributions, grants, and state funding we give support to classroom projects, teacher recognition, and the Teacher Supply Depot. CLEF is the lead agency for the highly successful statewide scholarship mentoring program, Take Stock in Children.

Main Programs

  1. Take Stock in Children
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

We serve all of Charlotte County Public Schools.

ruling year

1987

Principal Officer since 2008

Self-reported

Mrs. Mary Fred Clemmons

Keywords

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education, scholarships, teacher, Take Stock in Children, Teacher and Support Employees

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Also Known As

CLEF

EIN

59-2592844

 Number

1387630583

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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The Charlotte Local Education Foundation has brought over $200,000 in to the Charlotte County public schools in the 2013-2014 school year. Over 300 people attended the Teacher and Support Employee of the Year recognition and award ceremony in February. All school personnel felt honored and appreciated as our superintendent commended them. Our Teacher Supply Depot has served over 120 teachers with classroom supplies. We collect donations from the community and teachers shop ""free"". The needs have been greater this year as budgets are cut. The Depot also has books, craft items and resource material for the classrooms. For the Back to School supply drive this year we raised close to $10,000 in donations. Over 80 boxes of supplies went directly to the schools for distribution. We certainly appreciate the community effort to collect, sort and distribute these tools for learning. The Charlotte Local Education Foundation manages the Take Stock in Children program in CharlotteCounty. Take Stock is part of the successful statewide scholarship mentoring program. Visit : takestockinchildren.org Take Stock in Children graduated nine seniors this year and took on twelve new 8thgraders. Students must keep good grades, stay drug and crime free and meet weekly with a volunteer mentor. This program is another way that we connect community volunteers with our schools and with successful young people. Take Stock mentoring is helping to increase graduation rates. Each year 90% of our low income students go on to college. Nationwide only 6% of low income student attend college. Charlotte County is a high performing district and we like to be able to communicate that to new audiences, such as the GFWC Women's Club whose president has chosen as her two year goal: To improve and support education. Goals for next year are to build and improve the existing programs while reaching out to the community is new ways. We find that people are willing to help and want to be part of our successes.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Take Stock in Children

Take Stock in Children is a statewide, non-profit organization that has a proven record of helping low-income children stay out of trouble, graduate from high school, attend college, and become productive citizens. In CharlotteCounty, the Take Stock in Children program is administered by Charlotte Local Education Foundation. Throughout the state over 20,000 students are involved in the program. In Charlotte County, over 100 students participate in this program, including those who have already begun their studies at college or vocational-technical schools. Financially eligible students (below the federal poverty level) are selected in the 8thgrade. Each child works toward earning his or her scholarship - students must promise to stay in school, get a ""C"" or higher in every class, maintain an overall 2.5 GPA, and stay away from drugs, alcohol, and crime, including not becoming involved in gang activities. Each student is paired with an adult mentor who dedicates 30-45 minutes weekly to meet at school to help the student reach their goals. Students who successfully complete the program standards listed above are awarded a full college tuition scholarship, valued at approximately $12,500.

Category

Youth Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

65,500

Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

We serve all of Charlotte County Public Schools.

Funding Needs

The Charlotte Local Education Foundation would like to grow the Take Stock in Children scholarship mentoring program. At this time scholarships purchased with the Florida Prepaid Foundation cost $8,500 with a dollar for dollar match from Florida Prepaid. We currently have over $1,000,000 in scholarships for the students in our program. Last year we were able to add housing scholarships for several of our graduates. The state Take Stock in Children progam has challenged all programs to grow. Because we have the infrastructure in place for a successful progam, more funding would allow more students to be part of this opportunity. The board would like to see the Teacher and Support Employee event become more prestigous. If we could get sponsorships for a dinner event that would be nice. About 300 to 400 people attend. We want to further strengthen our ties between businesses and public education. Our superintendent presented a "state of education" program for the business community and we sponsored this was a breakfast. We would like to have this sponsored as a larger event. Regional meetings have been held through the "Voice" connections and the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations. Perhaps we could host such a meeting. When CEO's of major companies become involved in education good things can be accomplished. Our school district is exemplary, but many people do not know that. We would like to open our schools to retired people and business people so they can learn about the successes first hand. Once you meet kids who are excited about learning you want to be more involved. Our board has taken on providing reading volunteers to high school readers who need extra help.

Accreditations

Affiliations + Memberships

AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals)

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Charlotte Local Education Foundation
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Charlotte Local Education Foundation Inc

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mrs. Mary Fred Clemmons

BIO

University of Mississippi, Bachelor of Business Administration, Major: Statistics Central Florida Community College, Accounting, DOS, Excel Volunteer Managers' Certification 2008-Present Executive Director, Charlotte Local Education Foundation, Charlotte County 1997- 2007 Director/Student Advocate,Take Stock in Children, Marion County Marketing and People Skills: Develop strategic plan with Charlotte Local Education Foundation board. Recruit, interview, screen, train and match 50 volunteer mentors per year. Set up files and procedures for Take Stock in Children when it began as a new program. Participated and led various workshops for Take Stock in Children at state conferences and retreats. Served as a volunteer Girl Scout trainer and Day Camp Director. Management and grants: Wrote, approved and managed pass-through grants for Charlotte County Public Schools. National grant reader for the Mentoring Grant Initiative. Screened and placed court ordered volunteers for the Volunteer Service Bureau, managed reports and data for the program. Initiative: Initiated tracking of report data for Take Stock in Children scholars Began an annual Leadership Camp, challenge course, weekend for high school students. Linked resources to develop College 101; featured as a best practice at the Department of Education board meeting. Worked with Leadership Charlotte to fund a day at Enterprise Village for 600 fifth graders. Secured funding for special needs, adaptive playground in Charlotte County. Computer/Data Management: Managed databases and skills bank for over 750 volunteers with various grant funding sources. Provided data for grant funding including budgeting and statistical data. Proficient in Citrix, Excel, Word, PowerPoint Counseling and Career Services: Meet frequently with students, parents, and mentors to provide insight and guidance. Provide college workshops and ongoing support for Take Stock in Children students.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"As Executive Director I am pleased and proud to be part of the solution. I believe that education and mentoring will solve as many problems just as ice and a drink of water. A friend, former teacher and long time Girl Scout leader used to tell me that most problems could be "cured" with a drink of water. If a student was having trouble in her classroom she let them go outside and get a drink, then a quick personal word of encouragement from her as they came back in the classroom usually brought a smile. As a Girl Scout I know that ice will fix bee stings, and help with almost any injury. So with education, as we learn, share that knowledge and provide opportunities for personal growth for others we improve life for our community. I personally believe that everyone should have a mentor and everyone should be a mentor, whether formally or informally. Having worked with Take Stock in Children for seventeen years, I have seen many miracles. Students with less than an ideal family life can be lawyers, doctors, real estate agents, and teachers, to name a few professions of our graduates. Mentors are the key to these successes. They are lifelong cheerleaders and link our students with community resources they otherwise would not have. Just this week, a young lady came in to report that she graduated with her AA degree and will be attending FGCU next term. She linked up with her mentor from high school and they made plans for lunch. Both were delighted to see each other. The CLEF board is very supportive and engaged. Many board members are mentors. Others do amazing projects for us, like complete the parent guide and community calendar. CenturyLink won the Department of Education Business of the Year Award for the calendar project this year. Change a life, change your own; be a mentor. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mrs. Geri Waksler

McCrory Law Firm

Term: July 2013 - June 2015

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