May 2020
A Special Message from Legacy Club Manager, Sara Almond
To submit your 1-minute to 90-second video of encouragement to the Class of 2020, follow these steps:

  • Think back! What year did you graduate high school? What were you excited about? What were your post-grad plans?

  • Get creative! Do you have your senior photo to show during the video? Your class ring, cap & gown still? Bring some of your memories into your video.

  • Upload your video and email it to: We will share your videos of encouragement with the Class of 2020 on our social media platforms.
BPS Plans for
Class of 2020 Graduations
Brevard Public Schools announced back-up dates for its high school graduation ceremonies should state officials extend the rules on social distancing and large gatherings beyond the current April 30 deadline.

The plan was developed in consultation with the district’s high school principals and student government leaders and reflects the collective wishes of the Class of 2020.

Brevard Schools Foundation Supports
BPS' Most Vulnerable

Brevard Schools Foundation president & CEO, Janice Kershaw, shares an update on the outpouring of support from volunteers, donors and staff during this time.
Florida Department of Education Recognizes BPS Volunteers
The Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) recently announced the honorees for the Outstanding School Volunteer of the Year Award. Two of the three winners from Region III, Central Florida, serve in Brevard County schools. Youth Volunteer of the Year, Ishaan Jathal, is a senior at West Shore Junior Senior High, and Senior Volunteer of the Year, Ronald Patchell, is a volunteer at Kennedy Middle School.

“I believe that volunteerism, particularly by the youth, is the cornerstone of community betterment. I truly do believe that the adage holds true and that charity does start at home; understanding the needs and shortcomings of the world and applying it to one’s community is invaluable. We should think globally yet act locally,” Jathal said.

President of the West Shore Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, Jathal’s group raised over $72,000 to fully fund a home for a Brevard County family. This lead to him being a keynote speaker at the International Habitat for Humanity Conference where he was also awarded the Habitat for Humanity International Humanitarian Award in 2019. Jathal is also active in the National Honor Society, and the Spanish Honor Society.

Ronald Patchell has volunteered at Kennedy Middle School for a number of years. He is known for providing encouragement to students and staff through acts of mentorship and volunteerism, and has even been known to rent limos to provide top-notch recognition for deserving students.

"Volunteering means seeing a need and giving of yourself to meet that need, thereby making a difference in the lives of other people,” Patchell stated.
The annual awards are presented to school volunteers who have exhibited exceptional commitment to enhancing quality instruction for Florida’s K-12 students. Winners are awarded in three categories — youth, adult and senior — in each of Florida’s five reporting districts. Region III, which includes Brevard, is made up of 11 other counties.
BPS Donation of Disinfecting Wipes
Makes National News!
Nicki Hensley

What started as an initial idea of Indialantic Elementary School teacher Rebecca Talaia to gather extra supplies of disinfecting wipes from hers and her fellow teachers’ classrooms and donate them to their local hospital, quickly grew into a district-wide effort with public elementary schools from all over Brevard County donating what they could to help with Health First’s COVID-19 response -- a true example of the giving nature of BPS teachers and families and Brevard taking care of Brevard, as we always do in times of crisis.

Ms. Talaia was interviewed by numerous local media outlets and the story even caught national attention! CHECK OUT THE TODAY SHOW'S COVERAGE HERE.
Watch April 14th's School Board Meeting HERE.

Watch the next School Board Meeting Tuesday, April 28 at 5:30 p.m. at the same link.
Marine Resources Council
Virtual May Brown Bag Seminar:
All about the Save the Manatee Club
Is your member info.

If you have recently changed your email or mailing address, please email changes to Sara Almond at: .

Your information will be updated to ensure you continue to receive Legacy Club updates and opportunities.

Now that Legacy Club cards no longer have expiration dates they are not distributed on an annual basis.

If you are in need of a new card, or are transitioning from GOLD (ages 55-64) to PLATINUM (ages 65+) you may visit the front office of any BPS high school during school hours to obtain, or contact Sara .