Many families living with low-incomes never have the opportunity to experience and learn from the community’s rich resources.

Our region abounds with opportunities to explore culture, nature and art. But many families living with low-incomes never have the opportunity to experience and learn from the community’s rich resources.

That’s why several years ago, as the Community Foundation of Sarasota County focused on supporting families across multiple generations, it was important to help develop and expand initiatives to open the doors of many of the area’s educational attractions to children and their parents or guardians who might not otherwise have the means to visit them.

No matter the program, families are identified by school administrators and nonprofit organizations as varied as:

Cultural nonprofit partners that connect families with special events and programs include The Ringling, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Asolo Reperatory Theatre, among others.

EdExploreSRQ Student Learning

Another avenue for family enrichment is EdExploreSRQ, which aims to enable all Sarasota County School students to engage with the area’s arts, cultural, and science institutions by providing teachers with grants to bring educational opportunities into the classroom or bring the students into the community for hand-on learning. A website platform exists with a catalog of opportunities aligned to grade level curriculum as a resource for teachers. 

Launched in 2011, EdExploreSRQ is best known for helping teachers identify and fund experiential learning and in-classroom presentations that relate directly to their curriculum and state educational benchmarks. For students, such experiential learning motivates them to learn, helps them understand and apply concepts and creates new interests. The free website provides information on more than 250 explorations available from nearly 70 organizations and teaching artists, with grants available to cover costs.

Get Involved

Kirsten Russell

Vice President, Community Impact

941-955-3000

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