Education Foundation

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What is Red for Ed?

“Red for Ed” is a colossal, collaborative initiative between TH@T! Company, the Education Foundation of Lake County, plus a multitude of local chambers, clubs and businesses. The “Red for Ed” initiative aims to raise awareness about the critical need of our local students for the most basic items of food and school supplies.

Over 62% of the Lake County School District’s student population lives at or below poverty level. The Student Services Department reports there are 1,946 homeless students.

As we know, COVID19 is hampering businesses all over Florida and especially here in Lake County. We realize that foot traffic in some retail establishments has been significantly affected. So this year, we have come up with a new online program that can help you help us raise community awareness at the same time it will help raise awareness about your business too!

“It’s 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 Education 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 are also welcomed to join in!” says Cullen.

How Do I Get Involved? 

Support our Online Store: We’ve built an online platform where you can go “shopping” for school supplies that are delivered directly to the Red For Ed program A number of local businesses are taking part in a friendly competition to drive the most traffic to the online shop. We’ll share details about how you can shop and support local businesses on this page soon.

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 Education Foundation 2045 Pruitt Street, Leesburg, FL 34748. [/one-half]

How are the Supplies Distributed?

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.