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New record for Golden Bell’s give to Boca’s public schools

Grants to Boca’s public schools to promote innovation and workforce readiness exceeded $100,000.

That set a new record for Boca Chamber’s Golden Bell Education Foundation, chairman Chuck Stout announced.

“Today’s students are our future business professionals,” he said.

So far, Golden Bell has awarded $1.7 million, chamber CEO/president Troy McLellan said at the annual grants breakfast Thursday.

The breakfast drew public school officials, teachers and principals to accept grants to buy everything from books to video production equipment and drones.

Capitol Lighting CEO Ken Lebersfeld emceed and made the grant presentations.

Boca’s 21 public schools are now all A-rated, said school board chairman Frank Barbieri Jr. “We have the highest performing district in the state,” he added.

Graduation rates for Boca’s four high schools are at least 94 percent, he said. Olympic Heights’ is 99.2 percent, the highest in Palm Beach County, said Barbieri, the keynote speaker.

Boca Elementary students Treasure Albury and Victor Souza thanked the foundation for their support.

A cell phone text donation netted more than $2,700. Chamber chair Susan Saturday and her husband Jim matched $2,500.

“We’re thrilled to sponsor this again. It’s part of our DNA,” said BlueGreen Vacations’ executive vice president Justin Taylor. This was their eighth year.

By Marci Shatzman

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