After helping the Public Education Foundation of Marion County’s Take Stock In Children program (TSIC) gracefully navigate a global pandemic, TSIC coordinator Meghan Magamoll was awarded the 2020 Margie Davidson Leading Light Award from the Sunshine State School Public Relations Association (SUNSPRA) on Thursday.
According to SUNSPRA, the Margie Davidson Leading Light Award “recognizes individuals and organizations for providing outstanding support to public education.”
With the help of Magamoll’s guidance, TSIC, which provides mentoring to 200 low-income high school students in Marion County each year, was able to surpass its own expectations in 2020.
According to SUNSPRA, despite the many obstacles that Covid-19 caused in 2020, which included the transition to online mentoring sessions, TSIC achieved 333% of its initial mentoring goals in just the first quarter of the 2019-20 academic year.
“It is targeted to surpass 1,500 online sessions by the end of the semester, averaging 15 hours of mentor sessions per day,” SUNSPRA said of TSIC in a press release.
In addition to her role in TSIC’s mentoring success, Magamoll also led TSIC to host a drive-in graduation, where each graduate received a celebration box and a new laptop computer. According to SUNSPRA, Magamoll also helped organize “two food-and- supply drives to directly benefit all of its high school mentees; several virtual ‘Back to School’ workshops; ‘Lunch & Learns’ and more.”