Indian River County schools receive $21,000 in donations for programs

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY – Five schools in the Indian River County School District are in line to receive nearly $21,000 in donations from various benefactors.

The School Board is expected to approve the donations tonight during the regular board meeting. The Mardy Fish Foundation is the largest benefactor in this latest round of school donations – donating $15,000 to three elementary schools.

Highlands, Fellsmere and Liberty Magnet elementary schools will receive $5,000 each to use on their various after school programs for their students.

Fellsmere Elementary Principal Ramon Echeverria specified in his donation letter to the School Board that the after-school programs would include music, art and physical education.

Sebastian River High School’s Girls Rugby team is expected to receive $2,000 from the Sebastian Clambake Foundation, which will be used to offset travel and equipment expenses, according to Principal Daniel Gilbertson.

And Vero Beach High School will receive nearly $4,000 in donations from two sources – the Class of 1985 and the Indian River Tennis Foundation.

The Vero Beach High School Class of 1985, through Vero Beach resident Jill Olmstead, has donated more than $2,900 to the school. The funds will be split equally five ways between the Top Ten Percent, Student Government, Key Club, Achievers in Action, and Dance Marathon.

The Indian River Tennis Foundation is giving $1,000 to the high school to benefit the tennis teams.

All donations $1,000 or more must be approved by the Indian River County School Board. Each of the donations are listed under the board’s consent agenda, where they are expected to be unanimously approved with little or no discussion.

The School Board meets at 6 p.m. in the Teacher Education Center, 1990 25th St., Vero Beach.

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