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.
Family Togetherness at Selby Garden's Lights in Bloom 2019
We are proud to partner with Marie Selby Botanical Gardens to sponsor Family Togetherness Night, giving hundreds of children and families the opportunity to explore, learn, and enjoy one of our region's cultural gems under the holiday lights.
(December 2019; 3 minutes)
No matter the program, families are identified by school administrators and nonprofit organizations as varied as:
Easter Seals: Project Rainbow/Kids Night Out, a respite program for caregivers of disabled children
Forty Carrots: Partners in Play, a free parenting skills program at local libraries
Visible Men Academy, a Bradenton Title I charter school
Harvest House: Home Again, a program for families transitioning out of homelessness.
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.