Annual Event Showcases Students and Community Collaboration

The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County’s held its annual Education Forecast in West Palm Beach on March 9 and in Belle Glade on April 4, welcoming more than 600 business and community partners, and 275 public school students who showcased their talents to delighted audiences.

Superintendent Dr. Robert Avossa highlighted progress made in the first year of the School District’s Strategic Plan during his “State of our Schools” presentation. Leadership Awards were also presented to community leaders for their significant contributions to education initiatives. Bill Bone, partner at Larmoyeux & Bone and a graduate of Atlantic High School in Delray Beach, received the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award. Eric M. Kelly, president of the Quantum Foundation, Donia Roberts, attorney, and the Anquan Boldin Foundation, represented by Carl Boldin, each received the Outstanding Leadership Award. 

The Education Forecast raised essential funds to support its mission to advance public education by building awareness and support to create positive, measurable change for students, preparing them for future success in the workplace and beyond. Currently, more than 35,000+ students are served annually through the Foundation’s impact programs, which invest $1.2 million dollars annually in furthering student and teacher achievement. Programs include Go Teach! Classroom Grants awarding innovative teaching approaches that address student need, and Red Apple Supplies, which has distributed more than $100,000 in free school supplies since 2016. 

The Education Foundation would like to thank presenting sponsors Florida Power & Light and UnitedHealthcare. Jim Moore, Strategic Account Executive with UnitedHealthcare and Education Foundation board member, described the energy of the event, “It is incredible to see the community come together for such an important cause -- the future health and success of our students -- so they can play a vital role as tomorrow’s leaders.”  Other business and community partners included LRP Publications, AeroJet Rocketdyne, Publix Super Market Charities, Ventus Charitable Foundation, Anderson Tax, Bank of America, Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, PNC Bank, Pratt & Whitney, Wells Fargo, Florida Crystals and many more.