Sanford, Fla. (Nov. 7, 2018) – After 25 years and more than a million miles on Florida’s highways, the Support Education specialty license plate has a fresh look. While the design is new, the cause remains the same – when a Florida resident purchases or renews their Support Education specialty tag, $20 goes directly back to support schools, teachers and students in the county where the tag is registered. In Seminole County, The Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools, invests 100% of those proceeds into classroom grants and support programs.
Since its introduction as Florida’s second specialty license plate in 1994, over $13 million dollars has been raised through the collaborative efforts of the
Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF) and local education foundation members throughout the state.
The new design promotes the importance of education in the Sunshine State and is among only a few specialty tags in Florida where the money goes directly back into the county where the tag was purchased or renewed. Florida’s K-12 local education foundations invest in classroom innovation, recognize excellence, and provide targeted support beyond what tax dollars provide such as free school supplies for students who can’t afford them, classroom grants for teachers and after-school enrichment programs.
“The Support Education specialty tag is a powerful way for citizens to demonstrate their commitment to our public schools and provide needed, local support for teachers and students,” said Mary Chance, president of the CFEF. “We are so excited to debut the new design and hope more Florida drivers will support their local teachers and students with the purchase or renewal of the Support Education license tag.”
In Seminole County, the Support Education plate raises over $15,000 each year for programs such as innovative classroom grants to improve literacy. “Purchasing the tag is a great way to give back to our school system and support programs for students in need,” said Jean Vansmith, Executive Director at the Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools.
The annual fee for the Support Education specialty license plate is $25. Local taxes and state fees may apply and first-time purchase price and fees may vary based on scheduled vehicle registration renewal date. The new Support Education tag design is available now and can be purchased inperson at your local tax collector office or online at LicenseToLearnFL.com.
About the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations
The CFEF is the membership organization for Florida’s school district-wide local education foundations. Established in 1987, the CFEF maximizes the individual and collective strength of Florida local education foundations to support local partners and schools. The CFEF now has 65 member foundations with 1,100 business and community leaders serving as volunteer board members. Collectively, they raise more than $64 million annually to support students, teachers and schools through a variety of programs. The CFEF has provided nearly $46.5 million to local education foundations since 2002 through various private- and public-sector partnerships, including the State of Florida School District Education Foundation Matching Grants Program. For more information about the CFEF, visit: www.educationfoundationsfl.org
About The Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools
As SCPS’s direct-support charity, The Foundation has raised a total of $40 million to help ensure that today’s students become tomorrow’s productive citizens. We fund priorities of the school district in the following areas: improving student achievement, investing in our educators, and removing barriers to student learning. By supporting The Foundation, you help build a brighter future for our students and for our community! For more information, call 407.320.0180 or visit www.foundationscps.org.