Investing in Kids Director Marcia Poston announced to Historic City News reporters that the local support organization has received a $4,000 donation from the St Augustine Lions Club to be used to fund its student scholarship program, “Take Stock in Children”.
Formerly known as the St Johns County Education Foundation, “Investing in Kids” administers the program, which aims to reduce the high school dropout rate and increase the number of local students who go on to complete college.
“In addition to pairing students with volunteer mentors, we help participants navigate the college application and selection process,” Poston told Historic City News. “Funds donated to the program are matched by the State of Florida.”
St Augustine Lions Club member John Freemann and club President Wayne Mancil made the check presentation for college scholarships to participating local high school graduates.
Through fundraisers such as the club’s popular annual Lions Seafood Festival, the club provides more than 2,000 free vision screenings each year to local school children. The St. Augustine Lions Club also provides free eye exams and eyeglasses to those in need and makes donations to numerous local charities and organizations.