PANAMA CITY – Coalition LEAD Executive Director Janice Lucas officially announced the Ginger Littleton Youth Development Fund at a private event Tuesday in downtown Panama City.
According to a press release from LEAD Coalition, Lucas, who was the Bay District Schools Teacher of the Year in 2008, welcomes the creation of the fund.
With the new fund, LEAD will be able to offer more students in the community the opportunity to take advantage of various STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) programs and create more opportunities for them.
The fund will begin with a pledge of $ 10,000 from Gayle Littleton in honor of her mother.
The main coalition’s board of directors also hosted a 60th birthday party in honor of Lucas with a challenge for the community to donate to the new fund, the statement said.
Littleton, a University of Alabama graduate, began her teaching career in Melbourne and soon after moved to Panama City, her husband’s hometown.
She taught at Mowat Middle School for several years and at Bay High School for 18 years, during which time she received her masters from Florida State University. She has worked with the Panhandle Area Educational Consortium and was Deputy Principal at Bay Haven School.
Littleton was elected to the Bay County School Board, and while serving on it, she started the local STEM program and continues to oversee it today. His advocacy for children spans more than 40 years, the statement said.
Her daughter Gayle, who created the fund, wanted to recognize her mother’s love and dedication to children and education, as well as the importance of creating opportunities for children to learn and grow.
Donations can be submitted online at https://www.leadabetterlife.org or by check. Checks should be written to LEAD Coalition and noted in the Ginger Littleton Youth Foundation Fund memo.
This article originally appeared on The News Herald: Bay County Florida’s LEAD Coalition Gets New Youth Fund