INK! will host Community Appreciation for School Employees

INK! (Investing in Kids) will host the Community Appreciation for School Employees (C.A.S.E.) event on Saturday, June 11 from 4 pm until 8 pm for all St. Johns School District teachers, staff and their families. Festivities will be held at the  St. Johns County Fairgrounds, 5840 FL-207 E. in Elkton, Fla. The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with INK! to assist with traffic. The lead volunteer organization and volunteer coordination will be provided by the Rotary Club of St. Augustine Sunset, and additional contributions from donors, partners, and the community. 

According to Donna Lueders, INK! Executive Director, to help fund the family-friendly day of activities, INK! is hosting the Vegas Escape 2022 Raffle Fundraiser with a random online drawing on Thursday, March 31 at 12:30 pm. Any adult may enter the raffle for an opportunity to win a week at The Grandview at Las Vegas, NV, an RCI Gold Crown Resort located close to the Vegas Strip. From Saturday, April 23 until Saturday, April 30, the winner will receive accommodations to include a two-bedroom condominium with two master suites, and access to the resort’s five heated pools, water features, a fitness center, and more. Airfare or travel is not included. Notably, during this time, the 87th annual NFL Draft will be held in Las Vegas from Thursday, April 28 until Saturday, April 30 for added entertainment.      

Raffle entries must be received by 11:59 am on March 31 with the winner to be announced at 12:35 pm via INK!’s Facebook Live announcement and notified by email. Cost per ticket is $100, and two or more tickets are $75.00 each. 

No purchase is necessary to win with U.S. Mail submissions. For more information and to enter online, visit the website at https://bit.ly/ink_vegas or submit the entrant’s full name, mailing address, telephone number and email address to INK! (Investing in Kids), Attn: Vegas Escape 2022, 1 Christopher Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084. All proceeds from the fundraiser are dedicated to INK! and the C.A.S.E. family-friendly appreciation day.    

The St. Johns County Education Foundation operates as INK! (Investing in Kids) and has an ongoing mission to provide innovative programs, classroom resources and teacher support to benefit the academic success of students in the St. Johns County School District, Fla.

The St. Johns County Education Foundation is a 501(c)3 education foundation; EIN 59-3221115.  INK! promotes academic success for all St. Johns County School students through innovative programs, teacher support and classroom resources. Inquiries relating to the raffle or to INK! can be directed to getonthebusstjohns@gmail.com.

“A family-friendly picnic and fun-filled day of activities for all St. Johns County School District employees and their immediate families is being held for our local heroes in education. They can enjoy the free activities in appreciation of their dedication and resilience throughout the last two years and for their continued efforts educating St. Johns County students,” said Lueders. “The event is open to all St. Johns County school employees from the maintenance teams to the instructional teams and school administrators at the 45 public schools in our District, plus administration and support staff.” Lueders added there are close to 6,000 employees who are invited to the June 11 festivities.

Activities will include a Kid’s Zone with special guests Captain William Mayhem and his Pirate Crew and the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office mounted patrol, games, disc golf, a mobile escape room and mobile game truck, refreshments, and live music from 4 pm until 8 pm. INK! welcomes additional support with financial and in-kind sponsorships and community partnerships available. 

Currently, Gold Level sponsors include The St. Augustine & St. Johns County Board of Realtors,

Beaver Toyota St. Augustine, and Mastercraft Builders. Other sponsors include Silver Level sponsor Old Town Trolley Tours of St. Augustine. Bronze Level sponsors are The Swashbucklers of St. Augustine and 102.1 FM and AM 1240 WFOY radio. Community Partners include the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, the Rotary Club of St. Augustine Sunset, and the St. Augustine Amphitheatre.  

INK! promotes academic success for all St. Johns County public school students by providing innovative programs and resources to support over 47,000 students and approximately 2,785 teachers. The office is located at 1 Christopher St. in St. Augustine. For more information, contact Donna Lueders at 904-547-7120 or email Donna.Lueders@stjohns.k12.fl.us. Visit the website at www.ink-stjohns.org.