This summer the community of Altamonte Springs, Florida, will be stronger because they willingly chose to come together to support each other, children, education, local merchants and a future powered by clean energy. Children will be more prepared for their education and future. Fireworks 4 Energy will serve as a model for other communities to replicate because it incorporates eight core community components, which together can stimulate long-term systemic change.


To fill 4,000 backpacks for Seminole County students, through an 11-day fund-raising, with back-to-school supplies, educational material, energy saving resources, and savings at local merchants through coupons and deals, as well as opportunities to suggest ideas for the next community project. At the “Energy & Education” event we will reach 4,000 families plus their relatives, friends, colleagues, co-workers, clients, local merchant and neighbors. 15-20,000 potential customers will patronize sponsors of this project because the establishments support giving to the community’s youth. 4,000 youth from 4th to 8th grade will receive their backpacks through their schools and knowing that there is a “World2Face” and we are committed to reduce our carbon footprint but leave our footprint behind. After all, it is about the “zero waste” generation – “ENERGENERATION”.


City of Altamonte Springs Teams with YGRIN to Present $20,629.85 to The Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla., Aug. 23, 2011  -- Elected officials and representatives from the City of Altamonte Springs and the YGRIN team present a ceremonial check to The Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools during the Seminole County Public Schools' Board Meeting.

A total of $20,629.85 was raised during the 11-day community fundraising event to provide 4,000 children backpacks, which were then filled with back-to-school supplies, educational material, and energy saving resources.

The YGRIN community project engaged more than 70 restaurants, businesses, and the community to make a significant contribution to The Foundation to ensure that students in need have a backpack and supplies.

"This partnership exemplifies proactive and collaborative leadership that is a fundamental asset to our school system and to our community," said Dede Schaffner, chairman for the Seminole County Public School Board. "The value of the backpacks and supplies provided is amplified by the priceless messages of a green environment and unwavering community support for our students and the education system."

The City of Altamonte Springs participated in the YGRIN "Energy & Education" campaign to raise funds, awareness, and support for education, economic development for the "zero waste" generation, the "ENERGENERATION."

"Altamonte Springs is known for its progressive and long-term vision," noted Frank Martz, Altamonte Springs' city manager. "We embraced the YGRIN model and mission from the beginning and are proud to serve as the community conduit to connect this important initiative to The Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools."

This model stands ready for other communities throughout the United States to replicate as it incorporates eight core community components, which together can stimulate long-term systemic change, continued Martz.

The campaign also offered exclusive deals from many local restaurants and businesses in Central Florida for Seminole County Public Schools teachers. Teachers simply register at, enter a special coupon code, and enjoy extensive savings from participating restaurants, home services, health and wellness providers, and entertainment venues.

"With the support of The Foundation and the City of Altamonte Springs, YGRIN devoted more than 7,000 hours of volunteer time and energy in a one month period as they collected funds for the backpacks and teacher incentives," said Dower Drummond, president of the YGRIN team. "The value of these resources and savings is well into the millions and grows every day to support our environment, our community, and our school systems."

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July 15, 2011 - 12:20am

Graham Penniman

Haha, this was such a great 11 days. We really worked hard to raise the money. There is still a little more to do, but we are close. We have already raised over $250,000 of in-kind donations for the coupon book that we are giving to the teachers.
June 21, 2011 - 10:58am

Lakeside Family Dentistry

We are excited about participating with this community based project! We are happy to support it, "like us" to keep updated with our deals! We can help you have a brighter smile on the 4th!!!
June 21, 2011 - 2:22pm


Great to have you on board, Dr. Negron!
June 19, 2011 - 8:29pm


This is just around the corner, can't wait to be there!
June 15, 2011 - 3:08pm

Jonathan Singer

This is going to be BOOMIN'
June 15, 2011 - 2:00pm

The Terra Firma Institute

We are behind you 100%! We are already spreading the word out to people in the Altamonte area we know. :-)
June 28, 2011 - 5:19pm


IDEAS + Terra Firma = A Sustainable Partnership! We love you TFI!
June 15, 2011 - 10:20am


This project IS an incredible opportunity!!!
June 14, 2011 - 7:20pm

Chris Castro

This project looks like an incredible opportunity to bring the community together and make a difference for future generations. Community economic development with a cause has incredible potentials and could be the catalyst for sustainability. I can't wait to be apart of this event!
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