The Bradenton Kiwanis Foundation has donated $10,000 to State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) to create a Young Adult and Children’s Reading Room in SCF’s new Library & Learning Center. The grant will be used to purchase young adult and children’s books, portable glass writing boards, activity explorer stations and displays.

The Library & Learning Center, which will be used by both SCF and SCF Collegiate School (SCFCS) students in grades 6-12, has also been designed for community use. The Bradenton Kiwanis gift will add to the SCF library’s current collection of young adult and children’s literature, which is accessible to anyone with a Manatee or Sarasota County library card. “This gift will help enhance the Library & Learning Center’s role in educating students at SCFCS and throughout SCF’s service area,” said SCF Foundation Executive Director Cassandra Holmes.

SCF’s Library & Learning Center is scheduled to open in February. It will feature an indoor amphitheater, media production rooms, a Teaching and Visualization Theater for high-impact presentations and an SCF Fab Lab where individuals can create smart devices tailored to local or personal needs. The state has funded construction of this important community resource and the SCF Foundation has raised more than $1 million to bring the building and technology to life.

To find out how you can support your community’s new Library & Learning Center, contact Cassandra Holmes at 941-752-5389 or

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Brandon Mand

2 Jan 2018

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We are heartbroken to announce the passing of beloved SCF Foundation Board of Director Mark F. Morin, of Siesta Key Florida. Mark’s passion was SCFF Scholarship Students and revitalizing SCFF Sundays at Neel Entertainment Series. Mark was always about how to connect SCFF’s Mission to our deserving students. He had many proud SCF moments but his most favorite would be SCFF’s Scholarship Luncheon were he and Alix (his wife) could meet and have conversations with ‘their’ SCF Students. Mark was a military veteran, high ranking IBM executive before he retired to Sarasota County, father of two sons and one daughter, and proud grandfather. He was 71 years old.

Services will be held February 25th, 2018 at the Neel Performing Arts Center on SCF's Bradenton campus.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to the Mark and Alix SCF Scholarship Fund at the SCF Foundation.

We are so blessed to have known Mark, experience his quick humor, contagious smile, dedication to SCF Students (and those he tutored), and passion for moving SCFF’s Mission forward. I know this loss is going to be difficult on all of us.

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