Dear Foundation Family,
The beginning of the school year is always an exciting time. It’s a fresh beginning full of new opportunities. This year, with a new superintendent who has a new vision and plan for student success, it brings even greater anticipation and excitement for all of us who care deeply about quality education in Lee County District Schools.
The Foundation “Family” includes our wonderfully supportive and dedicated Board members, generous business and community partners, caring volunteers and mentors, and of course the best staff in the world! I give my heartfelt thanks to all of you who help us in our mission to enhance and enrich the quality of public education in Lee County District Schools.
Whether you contribute through donating your time, talent or treasure, please know you are making a tremendously positive impact in the lives of our students and educators. Your commitment to The Foundation’s vision will help ensure our students are ready to be actively engaged, strong contributing citizens in our community here in Southwest Florida and beyond. They will be prepared to compete with anyone in this global marketplace in which we all live and work.
As a former prosecutor, I saw firsthand the oftentimes devastating results of poor decision-making. One of the leading risk factors for children, and later also for adults, that contributes to this bad decision-making is the lack of a good education. Typically the more educated a person is, the less likelihood they will become involved in delinquent behavior as a child, and criminal behavior as an adult. A significant “protective factor” contributing to one’s success in leading a positive and productive life is receiving a quality education.
After repeatedly seeing a lack of education as a major contributing factor to crime, I began looking for an organization to get involved with that worked proactively, with measureable positive outcomes, on behalf of our most precious asset, our children. I am so thankful to have found The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, and to be able to associate myself with all of you in this very important work we do here at The Foundation. It is vitally important to give our children the tools they need to make positive decisions that will enable them to succeed in life. The alternative is not acceptable. I cherish the opportunity to lead this outstanding organization and work with you on behalf of our students – our future!
Children in our schools today will become our business and community leaders, and decision makers at local, national and global levels. What better investment for the future can we make than to invest IN our future? We are grateful to our many business partners, community supporters and generous donors whose giving enables us to enrich and enhance the quality of public education in Lee County Schools. We invite you to join with us to help students achieve at their highest level!
Thank you,Marshall T. Bower, Esq., President and CEO