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B-CU Sees Growth in Community Affairs Initiative with Volusia County Public Schools


As the new school year approaches, parents are preparing their children for a new year of learning and personal growth. President Jackson and the College of Education have worked closely for the past four years on the president’s community affairs initiative. The Community Affairs and K-16 Initiative has become centered around the development of all students. The programs range from elementary to high school level and provide programming geared around character development, fine and visual arts, and STEM. Under this initiative, several programs were formed to bridge the relationship between B-CU and Volusia County Public Schools students and families.

Turie T. Small Elementary School was the university’s first official partner to provide the Luncheon with the Stars Awards Ceremony. “We started out with sixty students focusing on math and reading competencies to reward students that were not only outstanding, but those that have made progress and have demonstrated good citizenship,” said Albert Bouie, Community Affairs Initiative Vice President. Since the inception of President Jackson’s vision, the program has doubled in student and parent engagement participation.

Due to the program’s success, several schools have joined in efforts to involve their students in the B-CU Community Affairs Initiatives. Students at the middle school level focus on STEM, participating in the annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest where teachers assist interested students in creating an innovative mechanism that is presented during the month of May. For its’ second consecutive year, the ever growing popular program has developed at the high school level, concentrating on visual arts. Students from Volusia County schools are presented at the B-CU Performing Arts Center for a visual arts reception and awards program. This program showcases exceptional high school artists and curate a formal display of their work.

The B-CU Community Affairs Initiative is continuing to grow and will host the fourth annual Million Father March beginning August 15th at Westside Elementary School. The march is an opportunity for all men to show their commitment to the educational lives of children within the first few days of school and throughout the school year. The partnership between B-CU and Volusia County schools has grown to over fifteen schools and extended its collaboration to Deltona elementary and middle schools serving over five-hundred students a year. 

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Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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