Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Marco Island Academy Receives $10K Grant

Marco Island Academy, a leading public charter high school in the field of providing student-centered, well-rounded, interdisciplinary education for all, received a $10,000 grant on February 6, 2020. The grant was endowed by the Community Foundation of Collier County for the purpose of Math Matters enriching their current mathematics programs. 

The goal of the project is to match and enhance each student’s learning needs while providing creative and up-to-date mathematic strategies within every math class to further reinforce the school’s ranking as a top-performing public charter high school. The project will be headed by the Math Department: Vanessa Koch, Department Chair, Heather Burdick and Anthony Howard. 

“It is such an incredible honor to be a recipient of this prestigious grant, and it will only add to our curriculum, making our math programs elite,” humbly stated Ms. Heather Burdick.

Thanks to the generosity of private donors residing in Marco Island, awarded the Marco Island Community Fund, supported by the Community Foundation of Collier County, a total of five grants to Marco Island nonprofits. Receiving this grant is not only a privilege, yet a roadway to elevate our academic successes.

Marco Island Academy (MIA) is a non-profit entity founded by parents and community volunteers led by a grassroots effort, beginning with sixty-eight students, grades nine and ten. Less than 10 years later, MIA is at full capacity with 230 students, grades nine through twelve, A-rated, and high performing. It is open to ALL students in Collier County. MIA is recognized as a “School of Excellence” in the State of Florida, ranking in the top​ ​7 % of ALL public high schools in the state. Recently, Marco Island Academy was recognized in the top 3 % ​in the nation by Jay Mathews High School Index. As such, a diverse population of students and their families have chosen MIA as their school of choice to attend and fulfill their high school education requirements.

The Community Foundation of Collier County (CFCC) is a tax-exempt, public, charitable organization, established in 1985 to increase and focus private philanthropy in the area. Today, CFCC manages more than 750 funds, serves hundreds of nonprofits, holds $225 million in assets and has distributed more than $168 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and community programs since its inception in 1985. The Community Foundation of Collier County is one of Florida’s fastest-growing community foundations. For good. Forever. 

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