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Community partners assist Auburndale High, Tenoroc High
Community partners assist Auburndale High, Tenoroc High

Two philanthropic organizations have partnered to help students at Auburndale High and Lakeland’s Tenoroc High.

The Hamptons Educational Foundation, composed of residents of The Hamptons retirement community in Auburndale, secured a $15,000 grant through the TD Bank Charitable Foundation that will benefit both schools. The check presentation was made at a ceremony held  July 27 at the TD Bank branch in Auburndale.

The money will be used to fund an after-school tutoring and literacy program at Auburndale High and for college scholarships for Auburndale High and Tenoroc High students.  Auburndale High tried to initiate an after –school tutoring and literacy program in the 2010-2011 school year but fell short when they could not secure funding for student transportation in the program.

Kevin Dunn, a Hamptons resident and member of the Educational Foundation, looked into possible funding through a TD Bank grant program.  TD Bank notified the foundation that their grant application on behalf of the schools was approved.

“They were impressed with the fact that the after school program will enable more than 1,500 students to work on various issues,” said Mr. Dunn, also the 2011 Volunteer of the Year at both Auburndale High and Tenoroc High. Mr. Dunn was also named the school district's Adult Volunteer of the Year in Secondary Schools for his work at Auburndale and Tenoroc.

This was the first grant application that the foundation did on behalf of the schools.  However, in the last three years, the foundation has raised $66,000 for student scholarships.

“We are all in this together,” Mr. Dunn said. “The business community, social organizations, non-profits, etc., need to step forward and assist the school system in these troubling economic times. Our future as a county will greatly be dependent on the quality of education that we provide to our students.”


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