An ACCF student practices a coding workshop before meeting Coco Gauff via a Zoom call. Photo provided
By Amy Woods
As a professional tennis player and full-time remote student, Coco Gauff sees firsthand the ways technology benefits education.
While completing classes despite maintaining a rigorous training and tournament schedule, the local celebrity was inspired to provide some of the same tools to Delray Beach students.
“This community has given me a lot, so it’s definitely important to give back,” the 17-year-old Gauff said of her hometown.
Teaming up with Microsoft, she helped refresh the main computer lab and build two additional labs for the Achievement Centers for Children and Families with the donation of new devices.
“We are extremely thankful to have been chosen as the recipients for this collaboration,” said Stephanie Seibel, the nonprofit’s CEO. “We want to extend an enormous thank you to Coco and Microsoft for this generous contribution.”
For more information, call 561-276-0520 or visit https://achievementcentersfl.org.
Quantum awards $1.5 million to nonprofits
Through its Quantum in the Community initiative, the Quantum Foundation allocated nearly $1.5 million in grants for the first and second quarters of 2021, the largest of which went to FoundCare, one of the government’s federally qualified health centers.
FoundCare will apply the $250,000 toward construction of a new in-house pharmacy at its West Palm Beach location.
“We are deeply grateful for the generous support we have received from our friends at Quantum Foundation,” CEO Yolette Bonnet said.
The other grant recipients include The Women’s Breast & Heart Initiative; Center for Family Services of Palm Beach County; Children’s Bereavement Center; Helping Our Wounded Foundation of South Florida; Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County; Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches; TeleHealth Access for Seniors; Education Foundation of Palm Beach County; Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Palm Beach County; Farmworker Coordinating Council of Palm Beach County; Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired; Palm Beach County Health Department; Promise Fund of Florida; T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society, and Northend RISE.
For more information, call 561-832-7497 or visit https://quantumfnd.org.
Roots and Wings keeps soaring during summer
This year’s Honda Classic golf tournament donated $5,000 to Roots and Wings, a charity that works to improve the quality of education in South Florida, and its Project UpLift program.
A check presentation took place in June featuring executives from the tournament, board members from Roots and Wings and Plumosa School of the Arts Principal Cathy Reynolds.
Project UpLift helps second- and third-graders who have been identified by their teachers as needing extra help in reading.
Roots and Wings’ education celebration also took place in June, recognizing recipients of the Above and Beyond Award.
More than 100 winners and their guests joined Janet Meeks, the city of Delray Beach’s education coordinator, at the Arts Warehouse for the affair, which included a buffet, a raffle and plaques to the Above and Beyond champions.
For more information, call 561-404-0455 or visit https://rootsandwingsinc.org.
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