Education Foundation of Martin County
Executive Director: Lisa Rhodes
Year Founded: 1992
Mission:To enrich and enhance educational opportunities for all students and teachers in Martin County through effective fundraising efforts, positive collaborative partnerships, innovative programming and efficient allocation of resources.
Vision: A public schools system in Martin County where every student has the opportunity to achieve his or her highest potential.
The Education Foundation of Martin County (EFMC) works to provide resources beyond the school district’s capabilities to best serve the diverse populations in Martin County and their unique needs. EFMC seeks innovative methods to assist teachers in improving student engagement, academic performance, and future outcomes of Martin County students. Having worked with Martin County teachers for almost three decades, it is uniquely positioned to address literacy issues.
EFMC strives to increase community involvement and financial support of the educational process, encourage effective instruction, and create initiatives that support dedicated and creative teachers; thus, supporting excellence in education. As an independent group, EFMC promotes these efforts by raising and distributing private and corporate funds through a number of established programs, including classroom enrichment grants, mentoring programs, scholarships, and development of and recognition for teachers. These resources exceed the funding capabilities of the school board.
Impact Project: EFMC PLAYS Across the District – to expand a current pilot project which uses research-based guided play and leveled books in kindergarten classrooms to promote language, literacy and social interaction with students. The expansion would be to all elementary schools in Martin County. Read update here.