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Foundation for Rural Education Excellence
Supporting Academic Achievement in
Rural Northeast Florida Communities
March 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.
Big Support for 25th Annual Golf Scramble
The 25th Annual FREE Golf Scramble was held on Friday, March 24th at Palatka Golf Course. Thank you to all of the sponsors, players, and organizers who helped make this year's event the most successful to date. Benefitting from spectacular weather, 100 golfers made their way around the course and enjoyed a great lunch and door prizes at the conclusion.

The tournament raised over $16,000 to support academic excellence in northeast Florida rural school districts. A special thank you to title sponsor Arthur J. Gallaher & Co., lunch sponsor Florida School Book Depository, beverage cart sponsor Herff Jones, hole-in-one sponsor Beck Auto Group, longest drive sponsors Belfor Restoration and Imagine Learning, putting and chipping contests sponsor Walker, Revels, Greninger PLLC, and closest to the pin sponsor Strategos Group.

Congratulations to the first place teams of Kevin Whitlow, Rodney Symonds, Reese Symonds, and JT Stout (low gross), and Dale Lewis, Adam Smith, Herbie Friday, and Jesse Fussell (low net).
NOELs Collaborate In Union County
Every other month, NEFEC's Organization of Educational Leaders (NOELs) gather to collaborate and hear the latest updates and happenings in K-12 education. Thank you to Union County for hosting and to DreamBox Learning for sponsoring lunch at the March 9th meeting.
2023 Legislative Session In Full Swing
The 2023 Florida Legislative Session is underway and is scheduled to run through the first week of May. District superintendents and school board members have been attending committee meetings and visiting individual delegation members to offer ideas, express their needs, and convey their support.

Below, Dixie County Superintendent Mike Thomas, School Board Members Lucas Rollison, Cheryl Pridgeon, and Amanda NesSmith, along with NEFEC Executive director Patrick Wnek, met with State Representative Jason Shoaf to discuss important education bills.
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.

Foundation for Rural Education Excellence
(352) 317-0621

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