Red for Ed

What is Red for Ed?

“Red for Ed” is a colossal, collaborative initiative between THAT! Company, the Educational Foundation of Lake County, plus a multitude of local chambers, clubs and businesses. The “Red for Ed” initiative aims to “paint the county” in the color red to raise awareness about the critical need of our local students for the most basic items of food and school supplies. Over 63% of the Lake County School District’s student population lives at or below poverty level. The Student Services Department reports there are 1,884 homeless students. “It is our goal that each student, who is in need, will start the new school year with the essential supplies to help them be successful, while supplementing our schools’ food pantries,”  Carman Cullen-Batt says, Executive Director of the Educational Foundation. “This year’s drive is expected to be even larger, and every business, group, club, and organization in Lake County is invited to participate. Individuals can also join in,” says Cullen. The goal of the Red for Ed Campaign is that each student who is in need will start the 2017 – 2018 school year with the supplies to be successful.

How Do I Get Involved? 

Become a Collection Site: Free marketing kits which include buttons and signs are going to be available to area businesses and organizations who want to be collection sites. To receive your Go Red for Ed collection kit, please contact us today.

Donate Time or Money: The Foundation has the ability to purchase school supplies at deeply discounted rates and accepts cash donations online or by check to the Educational Foundation 2045 Pruitt Street, Leesburg, FL 34748.

How are the Supplies Distributed?

Back to School Fair: The Educational Foundation of Lake County identifies students of low income families through the free and reduced lunch program. These families are invited to a Back to School Fair in which they can receive their back to school supplies at no charge and learn of other local social service programs available. The Back to School Fairs are held in 3 locations Clermont, Leesburg and Eustis in August.

Apple Mart Stores: Studies indicate that the average teacher spends 4.2% of their salaries purchasing supplies for their classroom. In 2005 the Foundation opened Apple-Mart which is a retail store setting “where teachers shop for free” throughout the year. The stores are manned by a group of volunteers.  There are 3 locations in Lake County. The supply drive also stocks the Apple-Mart stores.

2017 Red For Ed Supply Drop Off Locations

Advance Imaging CentersTy Fortier262 Mohawk RoadClermont, FL
Advance Imaging CentersTy Fortier211 N. 1st StreetLeesburg, FL
Advance Imaging CentersTy Fortier13940 N. Hwy 441 Stuite 201The Villages, FL
Akers MediaAubrey Akers108 5th StreetLeesburg, FL
Anytime FitnessJoey 17195 US Hwy 441 Suite 106Leesburg, FL
Anytime FitnessSusan10700 US Hwy 441 Suite 106Leesburg, FL
Anytime FitnessCaroline 510 E. Hwy 466Lady Lake, FL
BESHChuck Hiott902 N. Sinclair Ave.Tavares, FL 32778352-267-5702
Citizens First BankLinda Weekley1341 Griffin RoadLeesburg, FL
City of ClermontChris Dudeck3700 S Hwy 27Clermont, FL
Clermont Health & Wellness Ct.Ashley Ford20265 US Hwy 27Clermont, FL
Clermont Health & Wellness Ct.Ashley Ford788 E. Highland Ave.Clermont, FL
Eustis Health & Wellness CenterAshley Ford1910 Titcomb StreetEustis, FL
Fairwinds Credit UnionKrista Mazal1380 S. Grand Hwy.Clermont, FL 34711407-277-6030 x
Fairwinds Credit UnionKrista Mazal742 Cagan View RoadClermont, FL 34711407-277-6030 x
Fairwinds Credit UnionKrista Mazal27414 US Hwy 27Leesburg, FL 34748407-277-6030 x
Fairwinds Credit UnionKrista Mazal18415 US Hwy 441Mt. Dora, FL 32757407-277-6030 x
First National BankJohn Pease 27700 Hwy 27Leesburg, FL
First National BankJohn Pease 714 N Donnelly StreetMt. Dora, FL
First National BankJohn Pease 2500 Eudora Rd.Mt. Dora, FL
First National BankJohn Pease 24034 Hwy 46Sorrento, FL
FL Hospital Waterman (45 boxes)Renee Furnas1000 Waterman WayTavares, FL
Home Companions of Lake Co.Kellie Morgan2801 S. Bay StreetEustis, FL
Insight Credit UnionMichelle Jones 2580 E. Hwy 50Clermont, FL
Insight Credit UnionMichelle Jones 15120 US Hwy 441Eustis, FL
Insight Credit UnionMichelle Jones 530 N Hwy 27/441Lady Lake, FL
Insight Credit UnionMichelle Jones 300 Webster StreetLeesburg, FL
Jenkins HondaJason Kirkland8865 S Us Hwy 441Leesburg, FL
Jenkins Hyundai Steve Taliente9145 S US Hwy 441Leesburg, FL
Jenkins NissanSteve Taliente10234 S US Hwy 441Leesburg, FL
Jenkins VolkswagenRichard Moulton9501 US hwy 441Leesburg, FL
Lake DermatologyDr. Kevin Chun1132 E. North Blvd.Leesburg, FL 34748352-365-6650
Lake Eye AssociatesAmy801 CR 466 Suite 102Lady Lake, FL
Lake Eye AssociatesSarah601 E. Dixie Ave. Suite 201Leesburg, FL
Lake Eye AssociatesVictoria3310 Waterman Way 3rd FLTavares, FL
Lake Eye AssociatesLinda1400 US Hwy 441 N Suite 521The Villages, FL
LassiterWareDoug Childers1317 Citizens Blvd.Leesburg, FL 34748800-845-8437 x
LCEAMarla Raber1713 South StreetLeesburg, FL
LCSBMichelle Hoppenstedt201 W. Burleigh BlvdTavares, FL
Leesburg Center for the ArtsMaria Stefonovick429 W. Magnolia StreetLeesburg, FL 34748352-365-0232
Leesburg Chamber of CommerceSandi Moore1195 W. Magnolia StreetLeesburg, FL
Leesburg Health & Wellness Ct.Ashley Ford1908 Center StreetLeesburg, FL
LRMC Wellness CenterJohn Bowers700 N Palmetto StreetLeesburg, FL
Mainstreet Community Bank Paul Roundtree1515 E. Hwy 50Clermont, FL
Mt. Dora Chamber of CommerceRob English341 Alexander StreetMt. Dora, FL
Reunion Bank Gail Baker1892 E. Burleigh Blvd.Tavares, FL
United Southern BankLynne Winker24510 SR 40Astor, FL
United Southern BankLynne Winker1510 E. Hwy 50Clermont, FL
United Southern BankLynne Winker2701 S. Bay StreetEustis, FL
United Southern BankLynne Winker224 US Hwy 27 Unit CLady Lake, FL
United Southern BankLynne Winker515 W. Main StreetLeesburg, FL
United Southern BankLynne Winker27524 Hwy 441Leesburg, FL
United Southern BankLynne Winker1021 CR 44Lisbon, FL
United Southern BankLynne Winker1303 New Hampshire Ave.Tavares, FL
United Southern BankLynne Winker13609 US Hwy 441The Villages, FL
United Southern BankLynne Winker750 N. Central Ave.Umatilla, FL
Vann GannawayChip Gannaway2200 E. Burleigh Blvd.Eustis, FL
Wells Fargo Bill Giffing127 N. Bay StreetEustis, FL


Thank you Central Florida Cruisers for kicking off Red For Ed with the Poker Run!