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B-CU College of Education/Community Affairs K-16 Initiative Wins Business Award

B-CU was recently named as winner of the Commissioner’s Business Recognition Award (CRBA).  This award celebrates the commitment, creativity and innovation of partnerships between Florida businesses/organizations and public schools.  B-CU was selected from 36 nominations submitted by schools to a district committee in March.  B-CU will be recognized by Commissioner Pam Stewart, among the region, at a banquet in Tampa on June 9th.  The university will also be considered for the statewide award. 

Bethune Cookman University has been an active business partner with Turie T. Small Elementary School for 19 years, since the fall of the 2005-2006 school year.  Their Education Department and the Community Initiative K-16 Department are currently involved in several volunteer programs and events that enhance the quality of students’ education.  The “Luncheon with the Stars” celebrates the accomplishments of Turie T. Small Elementary’s “Star Students” by recognizing their academic excellence and good citizenship.  In the “Lunchtime Buddy Reading” volunteer program, BCU students obtain their community service hours by reading with kindergarten-5th graders during their lunchtimes.  University students also assist elementary students with their homework and other academic skills by volunteering with the “Word Wizards Afterschool Tutoring Program.”  The “YMCA - Y Reads Program” is yet another volunteer driven program that nourishes the minds of primary students (kindergarten - 2nd grade).  Bethune-Cookman University’s Community Initiative K-16 and Education Departments directly impact the education of T.T.
Info submitted by the Volusia County Schools.

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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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