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September 2017
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In this edition of ConnectED:
    • Supplying Success at the Teaching Tools Luncheon
    • Community comes together to support Lee Elementary

    • Save the Date for the 2018 Excellence in Education Awards
    • Mentor Spotlight: Bridget Islas
    • Support education with your license plate
HEF's Teaching Tools Luncheon raises $138,000
The Hillsborough Education Foundation hosted the 11th annual Teaching Tools Luncheon - presented by Suncoast Credit Union - on Sept. 19 at the Hilton Tampa Downtown. The event raised more than $138,000, which will be used to provide free school supplies to students in need across Hillsborough  County through the  Foundation's Teaching Tools Store.  We want to thank  Presenting Sponsor Suncoast Credit Union Platinum Sponsors Citi and Publix Super Markets Charities  and all other event sponsors and attendees.

HEF President Kim Jowell (far left) with our student helpers from Burney Elementary School.

Community unites to support Lee Elementary
When Lee Elementary School was destroyed by a fire on Sept. 12, the Hillsborough Education Foundation, in partnership with Hillsborough County Public Schools, sprang into action by creating a relief fund to replenish all of the lost classroom supplies. 

We are in awe of the way the community came together to support this school in need. 
In the two weeks since the fire, about $80,000 has been raised in donations or commitments. Donations of classroom supplies have poured into the Foundation's Teaching Tools Store. Contributions include $150 raised by a local child at her lemonade stand, a truckload of supplies collected and personally delivered by teachers from Maryland, several thousand dollars raised by a school coin drive in Mississippi and $50,000 from Rooms To Go. 

Three days after the fire, on Sept. 15, hundreds of community volunteers delivered supplies and emotional support to Lockhart Elementary Magnet, where the Lee students and teachers have transferred to continue classes. 

We want to thank all who have donated money or supplies to help them make a smooth transition in this difficult time! 

Mark your calendar for the 2018 Excellence in Education Awards on Jan. 16, 2018 at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. This event is all about honoring Hillsborough County Public Schools' top educators and support staff. The Straz will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland to celebrate the nominees, finalists and winners of the Ida S. Baker Diversity of the Year, Instructional Support Employee of the Year and Teacher of the Year awards. 

Bridget Islas | University of South Florida student

As a former Take Stock in Children scholar, Bridget became a mentor because she wanted to experience the other side of the mentor-mentee relationship, and she wanted to give back to the program that gave her so much. 

You too can become a Take Stock in Children mentor this school year! As a mentor, you will meet with your mentee weekly throughout the school year (September-May) at school. Click here to learn more or to fill out an application.

Schools with the most need: 
Durant High | Strawberry Crest High | Turkey Creek Middle |  Tampa Bay Tech High

Questions? Contact Brandi Melton at or (813)574-0275.