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Foundation for Rural Education Excellence
Supporting Academic Achievement in
Rural Northeast Florida Communities
April 2023 Newsletter
The Foundation for Rural Education Excellence, a registered 501 (C)(3) organization, was founded in 1998 to facilitate philanthropic support for rural school districts of the North East Florida Educational Consortium (NEFEC): Baker, Bradford, Columbia, Dixie, Flagler, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Nassau, Putnam, Suwannee, and Union Counties as well as Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind and PK Yonge Developmental Research School. Working collaboratively, our mission is to enhance academic success and career opportunities for rural students in northeast Florida.
2023 Teen Health & Resource Fair 
On Friday April 7th, FDLRS NEFEC joined with the Florida Department of Health in Lafayette County for the 2023 Teen Health & Resource Fair held at Lafayette High School.
Above right, E. Lashley is participating in the visual disability awareness activity. Above left, students are participating in the mobility disability awareness activity.
Baker County Celebrates Legacy Elementary
On April 13th, Superintendent Sherrie Raulerson and the Baker County Education Foundation hosted a celebration gala for the completion of Legacy Elementary School in Macclenny. The program included recognition of legislators and key stakeholders who secured full funding for this incredible project, culminating an atmosphere of excitement and enthusiasm for what’s to come on the new state-of-the-art campus.

NEFEC is proud to partner with Baker County School District and eager to watch the legacy that will be built at Legacy Elementary School.

Pictured from left to right: Representative Chuck Brannan, Judge Lorelie Brannan, Senator Bill Montford, Superintendent Sherrie Raulerson, Senator Jennifer Bradley, Senator Rob Bradley, Representative Travis Cummings.
Mark Your Calendars
Summer Leadership Conference

NEFEC's Annual Summer Leadership Conference is scheduled for July 10-11, 2023, at the Sawgrass Marriott in
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.
26th Annual Golf Tournament

FREE's annual golf tournament is scheduled for March 22, 2024, at The Palatka Golf Club.

Foundation for Rural Education Excellence
(352) 317-0621

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