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Veritza Kostovski is the director of the SmartPath Program at the nonprofit The Education Fund. She knows the forms can be confusing and says it’s important to ask for help if you need it.

Linda Lecht, president of The Education Fund, and Eddie Recinos, senior program manager, discuss the pandemic-induced learning loss and how their Food Forests for Schools program, which received a $1 million grant from the TD Ready Challenge, helps students make up for what they've lost on the "Thought Leadership Podcast."

The Education Fund in Miami Lakes helps teachers stock their classrooms by enlisting businesses in South Florida to host supply drives that employees and customers may contribute toward.

The Education Fund was awarded $10,000 from The Children's Trust for the 2022 For the Love of Art Charity Auction & Honoree Celebration presented by Ocean Bank and for the annual Art of Found Objects Exhibition.

It's a sweet end to the school year for the Hot Hawks, one of the big winners of The Education Fund Taste of Education culinary competition and fundraiser.

The Education Fund ( will honor the achievements of Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jose L. Dotres and 15 other notable public school alumni, and showcase the artistic talents found in public schools at The Education Fund For the Love of Art Charity Auction & Honoree Celebration presented by Ocean Bank on Thursday, May 26, at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel.

After a two-year hiatus, The Education Fund’s annual Teach-a-Thon, presented by Wells Fargo, and its victory event, the Taste of Education returned. More than 100 business executives stepped into the shoes of a teacher, raising awareness for the need to support our public schools. The Education Fund’s teaching campaign and the event raised a combined $99,000 to support public education in Miami-Dade.

The Education Fund ( celebrates the culinary dreams and ambitions of public school students at the 2022 Taste of Education on Tuesday, March 15, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at historic Hialeah Park, 100 E 32nd St., in Hialeah.

The TD Ready Challenge awarded $1 million grant to The Education Fund, a non-profit in Miami Lakes which supports public school teachers and students in Miami-Dade County.

TD today announced that six U.S. organizations will be awarded grants through the 2021 TD Ready Challenge totaling $3,025,000 USD. The recipients are developing innovative, scalable solutions to assist disproportionately impacted students in grades K-12 across the Bank's Maine-to-Florida footprint who are experiencing pandemic-related learning loss in math and reading.

Nature can often be the best teacher. That's the premise of The Education Fund Inc.'s Edible Outdoor Eco-Labs to Accelerate Learning program. The Education Fund serves more than 350,000 students and families and 20,000 educators throughout Miami-Dade County Public Schools in Florida, which is the fourth largest school district in the United States. About 75% of the student served are considered impoverished based on their qualifying for federal, aid programs during the COVID pandemic, according to Linda Lecht, President of The Education Fund.

More than 100 business professionals test their savvy and skill and teach for an hour in local schools as part of The 2021-22 Teach-A-Thon presented by Wells Fargo.

The Education Fund's Food Forests for Schools (FFS) is a USDA Farm to School Grantee that's focused on transforming public schoolyards into outdoor eco-labs. The program turns school food forest gardens into outdoor, edible Eco-lab to help all students learn and lead healthy lives.

The Education Fund is working diligently with the frontlines in our public schools to make up for lost time in order to ensure our children gain the necessary skills for a successful future. Here's a look at the results of our work.

The Miami Foundation awards Music Access mini grants and its work with The Education Fund on music grants for teachers, leveraging innovative ideas that include music in the classrooms.

Back-to-school coverage featuring The Education Fund Back-to-School Supply Drive and the Ocean Bank Center for Educational Materials.

The Education Fund has announced the launch of the Back to School Supply Drive to encourage businesses to donate basic school supplies for public school students in Miami-Dade County.

“I ask teachers to come up with new ways to excite students to learn, especially, hands-on,” said Linda Lecht, president of The Education Fund. “Gareth Pearson is one of our teachers and he’s a shining example of how teachers come up with some of the best ideas and are willing to go the extra mile to actually try them out with their students.”

The Education Fund receives a proclamation from School Board member Dr. Marta Perez and the Miami-Dade County Public School Board.

Are you smarter than a 5th grader? You might be if The Education Fund gave grants to your teachers for creative learning projects while you were in school. The Miami Lakes non-profit, which promotes excellence in Miami-Dade Public Schools, is hosting an hour-long, virtual fundraiser that pits kids against adults on Wednesday, May 26th from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Can you calculate the area of a rectangle or explain the difference between comets and asteroids?
Those are the kinds of questions contestants in The Education Fund’s version of “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” will answer in the virtual competition starting at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26. The one-hour event presented by Ocean Bank features adult contestants matching wits with fifth graders.

A grant from The Education Fund helped high school teacher Vanessa Radice to build an edible garden for her students. The students are learning more than nutrition from their gardening adventure.

Education Fund, a private sector leadership effort to support public education in Miami, runs a SmartPath program to prepare students for college through initiatives such as the FAFSA marathon workshops.

Can you calculate the area of a rectangle or explain the difference between comets and asteroids?
Ocean Bank presents The Education Fund's version of "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" a competition and fundraiser featuring adult contestants matching wits with fifth graders.

The Education Fund announces the release of its 2021 teacher grants so educators can develop and implement new instructional projects that motivate and challenge students to learn.

“Teachers are every bit as gifted as a star basketball player, a top litigator, or a renowned surgeon, but they don’t always get recognized for their talents and efforts. Our work is about surfacing these teachers and rewarding and supporting them for their work,” said Linda Lecht, president of The Education Fund.

Educators who want to expand their curriculum with innovative courses which they design can apply for grants from The Education Fund.

The Education Fund announces the release of its 2021 teacher grants so educators can develop and implement new instructional projects that motivate and challenge students to learn. The deadline for applications has been extended to Saturday, May 15.

With the help of sponsors and donors, The Education Fund has been able to distribute nearly $3 million in materials and food produce benefitting more than 90,415 families, 60 schools and 1,500 teachers, said Linda Lecht, president of The Education Fund.

Ford and Argo AI self-driving cars are being used by The Education Fund, a nonprofit that supports Miami-Dade schools, to deliver food and supplies.

Since the start of the pandemic, our team has been looking for ways to continue to safely support Miami families. The Education Fund team is proud to announce we are working with Ford Motor Company and it's self-driving tech partner Argo AI, to make autonomous vehicle deliveries. The pilot program is supporting 50 families who are receiving weekly "contactless" deliveries of food and school supplies via Ford's Fusion Hybrid self-driving test vehicles.

Self-driving cars are delivering produce from school gardens to children learning at home in Miami-Dade.

In partnership with The Education Fund, a nonprofit that provides programs for teachers and students in public schools in Miami-Dade County, Ford and Pittsburgh-based autonomous car startup Argo AI say they’ve teamed up to make contactless deliveries in Ford’s Fusion Hybrid self-driving test vehicles.

Ford AV teamed up with The Education Fund, a local non-profit in Miami-Dade County, building on previous business pilots to now conduct deliveries with our self-driving vehicles in autonomous mode.

The Education Fund is teaming-up with Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC, its self-driving technology partner Argo AI, and Ford Motor Company Fund to make contactless deliveries in Ford’s Fusion Hybrid self-driving test vehicles.

We continue our work to meet critical gaps caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Thanks to your support, we have helped 87,500+ families all across Miami-Dade County with $2,316,625 in school & household supplies. Record-breaking to be sure, yet the need persists.

We have not stopped since the Covid-19 pandemic hit our community. Thanks to your support and our partnerships with 45+ non-profits, we have helped
57,470+ families all across Miami-Dade County. Take a look at our outreach efforts.

The Education Fund has always had the mission to enhance public education and now the nonprofit is helping feed needy families. The Fund’s staff and teachers are harvesting produce every week from 51 edible gardens and food forests in our public elementary schools through a project with Miami-Dade County Public Schools Department of Food and Nutrition, and Empowered Youth USA.

The Education Fund’s Food Forests for Schools program has received a $100,000 grant from the USDA Farm-to-School grant. The food forests in public elementary schools Miami-Dade County transform schoolyards into outdoor eco-labs that provide both nutrient-dense food for school cafeterias and agricultural education.

The Education Fund announces an endowment fund in memory of board member Myrna Palley. The fund supports the work of budding artists in our public schools for many years to come.