Photo:  (pictured from left): Firefighters Clint Culverhouse and Warren West, SFSC Executive Director of Institutional Advancement Jamie Bateman, TSIC Program Coordinator Irene Castanon, and firefighters Anthony Gaines and Mike Turek

Photo: (pictured from left): Firefighters Clint Culverhouse and Warren West, SFSC Executive Director of Institutional Advancement Jamie Bateman, TSIC Program Coordinator Irene Castanon, and firefighters Anthony Gaines and Mike Turek

More children will receive college scholarships because of local firefighters. The Florida Professional Firefighters Local Union 3132, recently, presented a check for $1,000 to the local Take Stock in Children (TSIC) program.

“Education is a key to a child’s success and we, the Florida Professional Firefighters Local Union 3132 in Avon Park, wanted to invest or ‘take stock’ in a child’s future by donating a check in the amount of $1,000 to South Florida State College’s Take Stock in Children program,” said Anthony Gaines, firefighter.

TSIC is a statewide program that provides college scholarships to at-risk students who agree to remain drug-free, stay out of trouble with the law, and maintain satisfactory grades throughout high school. Students are matched with mentors who meet with them regularly and help them prepare for college. The South Florida State College Foundation is the lead agency for TSIC in DeSoto, Hardee, and Highlands counties. Since 2000, over 400 students have graduated from the local TSIC program. Currently, 155 students, grades 7 through 12, are active in the program.

“We are grateful for the Florida Professional Firefighters Local Union 3132 for its professional service to the community and for its generous donation toward a child’s college education,” said Irene Castanon, TSIC program coordinator.

For more information about making a donation to TSIC scholarships or becoming a student mentor, visit the SFSC website and look under “Giving,” or call Castanon at 784-7343.