BREVARD COUNTY - The Brevard Schools Foundation, recently announced they received a $200,000 donation from the Palaiyandi family, through their family foundation in AMBAL, Inc., according to a release from BSF.

The gift was announced at BSF’s Champions for Education luncheon. There was also a $50,000 matching challenge to donors in attendance, ultimately leading to another $102,171 being raised for BSF.

Dr. Ravi Palaniyandi and Ambika Ravindran previously gave a $100,001donation in honor of family patriarch Pillai Palaniyandi’s 103rd birthday in 2018, per the release.

“We have been long-time supporters of the work of Brevard Schools Foundation,” said Ambika Ravindran in a release from BSF. “We have seen the need grow here in Brevard County and we also know how hard it is for teachers to try to supply their students with materials when they themselves are struggling to pay their own bills.”

BSF says that the family has “chosen to expand their giving this year to challenge others to support the Champions for Education program, an unrestricted fund supporting all the BSF programs including the Supply Zone for Teachers, Take Stock in Children, senior scholarships, Bright Ideas Classroom grants as well as other teacher development programs,” according to the release.

BSF noted that in particular, their support of the Supply Zone for Teachers, which has been ongoing, will help to grow the hygiene supplies that the program is able to provide as part of its purpose in providing free school supplies to high-poverty schools.

The donations will also help fund the TLC Fellowship Program, which is a new initiative from BSF that helps select teachers with both support and resources to boost student achievement as they conduct action research. BSF adds that teachers who are able to successfully finish the Fellowship receive an honorarium.

In addition to private contributions, BSF is funded by corporate support, endowments, fundraising and public matching funds. BSF, per the release, “fills educational funding and opportunity gaps at all our 85 public schools for 74,000 students and 5,000 teachers by supporting innovation, engaging communities and changing lives.”

“After learning more about some of our programs and hearing from Ambika, we were grateful that others were inspired to give at a level that was significant to them,” said Janice Kershaw, BSF president and CEO in an email to Hometown News through a spokesperson. “We hope others continue to be motivated by Ambika and our Champions for Educations donors to give. We look forward to adding more community members to this group of dedicated partners who provide critical support to sustain our ongoing mission – Investing in Young Minds by Supporting Innovation, Engaging Communities and Changing Lives.”

For more information, visit Brevard Schools Foundation - Supporting K-12 | Florida's Space Coast .

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