School board approves $51,374 in donations, grants to schools

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — More than $51,000 worth of donations and grants were approved Tuesday for numerous schools during the Indian River County School Board meeting. The schools will use their new funds to help offset the cost of athletics, after school programs and materials.

The largest single donation is from the Mardy Fish Foundation, which approved a $12,710 grant to Thompson Magnet Elementary south of Vero Beach. The funds will be used for after school clubs.

Sebastian Elementary also received a Mardy Fish Foundation grant for nearly $6,400. The money is expected to be used for the school’s Cheer/Dance after school program. Dollar General also donated to Sebastian Elementary, giving $3,000 to the school for its Early Literacy program. Lidochem donated $1,000 to the school to be used for its Academic Games.

Sebastian River High School was given $9,100 total from three donors, including $7,500 from Scholastic Sports Company. The donation will be used for athletic awards, post-season travel and athletic supplies.

Kirk and Patricia Maes donated $1,500 to the high school to be divided between Boys and Girls Cross Country and Boys and Girls Bowling teams to help make up for the budgetary shortfall of the sports.

The Professional Advisory Services Inc., of Vero Beach, gave $1,000 to Sebastian River High for its International Baccalaureate Program to be used for CAST (Cambridge University) tour.

Fellsmere Elementary was given $8,000 from Frog Leg Festival Inc. The funds are to be used in the schools Art, Music, and Physical Education programs along with after school activities.

Two Vero Beach schools have received more than $10,000 combined, which they plan to use to purchase learning materials, supplies for students and classroom furniture.

Beachland Elementary was given a total of $6,275, part of which came from the school’s Parent Teacher Association. The PTA has stipulated that $4,775 be distributed to teachers to be spent on students’ supplies.

The school will spend the remaining $1,500 on classroom furniture.

Osceola Magnet Elementary received $4,000 from an anonymous donor, according to school district records. The money will be used to purchase technology, reading and math materials.

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