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September 1, 2017
Flagler County School District
Jason Wheeler

The Fire Leadership Academy at Flagler Palm Coast High School is the recipient of a $25,000 grant from the Paul B. Hunter and Constance D. Hunter Foundation. Students in the class were on hand for the check presentation Friday morning. Flagler County Education Foundation Executive Director Joseph Rizzo says “The support from the Hunter Foundation will allow this new program in our schools to give our students a unique opportunity: become a firefighter soon after they graduate high school.”

Established last year under an agreement with all fire departments in Flagler County, the Fire Leadership Academy is the latest Flagship program designed to tie in to careers found right in Flagler County. The goal of this particular program is to offer students training which will enable them to get a job with a fire department within just a few months of graduating high school. It’s part of the larger Classroom to Careers program which has been supported by the Flagler County Education Foundation.

Dustin Sims, principal at Flagler Palm Coast High School says a portion of the money will help offset transportation costs to get students from their classroom to the fire training facility in Flagler County as well as helping pay for online courses the students may need. The Hunter Foundation is a private foundation based in Ormond Beach, FL and offers grants for
charitable or educational purposes.

For additional information, contact Joseph Rizzo at 386.437.7526, ext. 3125.

Flagler Schools strives to be the nation’s premier learning organization. Our mission is to ensure educational success through high expectations and innovative thinking in a safe learning environment to empower students to reach their full potential as responsible, ethical, and productive citizens in a diverse and changing world. We can be reached online at, or and via telephone at 386-437-7526.