The education of a well-rounded child involves more than reading, writing and arithmetic. We believe that exposing students to cultural experiences enriches their education and them find their passion for learning. The programs we offer are varied and meaningful, from a trip to the ball game, to holiday concerts to tours of the Daytona International Speedway. Here are some past highlights:
Food Brings Hope recently honored approximately 75 students in the FBHonors program at a banquet held in the Mori Hosseini Center at Daytona State College. The program’s curriculum focuses on STEM education and high achieving students in our FBH schools. The students in this program are encouraged to think creatively, analytically, and use the skills provided to them to continue their education.
FBHonors meets multiple times a week after school. Students are selected based on their academic promise and their desire to commit to its rigor. The goal of the FBHonors initiative is to cultivate the talents of high achieving students, in small class settings, through rigorous, enhanced opportunities designed to navigate them through high school, help them enroll in college, and, in doing so, lead them on a path to success.
At the FBHonors Banquet the students were honored, for their hard work and dedication, with a tablet for elementary school students and a laptop for middle school students. Food Brings Hope also celebrated Citizenship Award recipients by awarding them with a $50.00 American Express Gift Card.
Food Brings Hope recognized their May Volunteer of the Month, Mary Bruno, for her time and effort dedicated to Food Brings Hope events and recognized Westside Elementary as the FBHonors Program of The Year for always going the extra mile and expecting the best from their FBHonors students.
Food Brings Hope recently held their first FBH Got Talent Show at the Davidson Theater located in the News Journal Center in Daytona Beach. Over 200 attended the event with a total of 9 schools showcasing their students’ diverse talents ranging from singing and dancing to magic and synchronized swimming.
Before the show, everyone enjoyed pizza and experienced Magic by James McCarthy as he went from table to table performing close up magic tricks while the students ate. During the show, a student from Galaxy Middle School, displayed his magic tricks from a huge stage in the theater.
Food Brings Hope is thankful to the News Journal Center for hosting us, along with staff members and all the volunteers that helped make this night a memorable one for all involved.
Over 125 middle school students were treated as VIPs during a construction tour of ICI Homes’ Plantation Bay community in Ormond Beach.
“I have never seen the framing of a home before”, said Sara Gordon, a sixth grader at Holly Hill K-8 School. “It was really cool to see what is behind the walls in a house.”
TeenZone participants and chaperones from all five of the Food Brings Hope partnered middle schools were in attendance. Those schools include Campbell, Holly Hill K-8 School, New Smyrna Beach, Ormond Beach, and Southwestern.
ICI Homes’ building professionals answered questions and lead students through each stage of the homebuilding process; from foundation to completed project. Students were able to walk through a newly framed home before moving next door to a home with the addition of dry wall.
“Our message was that teamwork is the core of what we do.” said ICI Homes Construction Manager, Tim MacFarlane. “We all have to look out for one another to get the job done. If they keep that mindset, then they can accomplish anything.”
The tour continued to include a newly finished home complete with granite counters, stainless steel appliances, and finished hardwood and carpeted floors. In each home, students and chaperones were guided through each room learning the details of the building of it and then were allowed to explore the outside property.
Lunch was catered by Planation Bay’s Club de Bonmont and served by Food Brings Hope volunteers.
“This tour is one of the many enrichment activities that we provide to our FBH students to highlight different professions and possibly create some interest in a new trade,” said Judi Winch, Food Brings Hope Executive Director. “This is the second year we have taken our TeenZone students on this tour. Last year, we only had 25 students involved. We are excited the opportunity this year has grown to include over 125 children!”
After lunch, the students got back on their buses for a guided tour of the entire Plantation Bay community before participating in an exciting, competitive scavenger hunt in one of the model homes.