Jacksonville Public Education Fund and Community First Cares Foundation provide grants to Duval teachers – Free Press of Jacksonville
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., August 18, 2021 – The Jacksonville Public Education Fund and the Community First Cares Foundation (the charitable arm of the Community First Credit Union) will provide $ 50,000 in classroom grants to support essential student work at the start of the year 2021 -2022 school year.
The partnership replicates a pilot program created last year, which was an extension of a long-standing partnership between the two organizations. Last year’s classroom grant program was the largest of its kind for the two organizations, which have worked together on several similar programs in recent years. The funding has helped teachers prepare for the return to school at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, impacting 11,440 student learning experiences, funding 130 projects, supporting 115 teachers and serving 62 schools.
Building on this success, the Jacksonville Public Education Fund and the Community First Cares Foundation are replicating the program again this year. Teachers who work in Duval County Title I Traditional and Charter Public Schools are eligible to apply for funds to support creative problem-solving projects that will create a warm and loving environment for students and promote student success. during the COVID-19 pandemic. Examples include hands-on learning materials, flexible seating, and trauma-aware tools to engage students in learning. JPEF has established a community review process that will carefully review projects based on their needs and impact. Each teacher can claim up to $ 1,000. Teachers can find out more at jaxpef.org/community-first.
“This partnership continues a long tradition of collaboration between JPEF and Community First to support educators in Duval County, and we could not be more proud to support teachers in their return to school,” said JPEF President, Rachael Tutwiler Fortune. “We are very grateful for the vision and generosity of the Community First Cares Foundation. “
“As an organization founded by educators, we pride ourselves on helping teachers in our community get more in the classroom than traditional funding allows,” said Missy Peters, Executive Director of the Community First Cares Foundation. “This program is even more critical now as our students recover from the pandemic. “
Additionally, the Community First grant will support the JPEF Teacher Leadership Initiative, which provides Teacher of the Year with best practices to support leadership in Duval County schools. JPEF has developed a strong professional learning experience for teachers to learn equity-focused best practices in cohorts to support peer-led learning and leadership throughout the school year.
Contact Stephanie Garry Garfunkel, Director of Marketing and Communications, at (352) 359-2393 or [email protected] for more information. To learn more about the JPEF Teacher Leadership Initiative, please contact Warren Buck, Director of Teacher Leadership, at [email protected]
About the Jacksonville Public Education Fund
The Jacksonville Public Education Fund is an independent think tank that believes in the potential of all students. We work tirelessly to close the gap in opportunity for low income students and students of color. We are bringing together educators, school system leaders and the community to pilot and help scale evidence-based solutions that improve the quality of schools in Duval County. For more information: www.jaxpef.org.
About the Community First Cares Foundation
The Community First Cares Foundation, founded by Community First Credit Union, is a nonprofit community foundation that provides funds to improve the quality of life in North Florida. The foundation supports activities aimed at improving financial literacy, improving the quality of our education system, improving the health and well-being of our community, and helping underserved citizens. The Community First Cares Foundation makes contributions to nonprofit organizations that serve First Coast communities. For more information, visit www.CommunityFirstCares.org or call 904-371-8090.