VCS Honors Craig Conway with Generous Support Award

The Volusia County School Board on Tuesday honored business leader Craig Conway for his support of the annual Teacher of the Year Program, the FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools, and public education.

DELAND – The Volusia County School Board on Tuesday honored business leader Craig Conway for his support of the annual Teacher of the Year Program, the FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools, and public education.

Conway, owner of Daytona Kia, Daytona Mitsubishi, and Diamond Motors & Marine in New Smyrna Beach, received the district’s Generous Support Award. The award was presented by Cynthia Ramirez, FUTURES Foundation Executive Director.

For 12 years, Conway has provided a new vehicle for the Teacher of the Year to drive during their reign – at no cost to the winner. He also makes a generous cash donation to the Teacher of the Year.

The vehicle donation adds excitement to the Teacher of the Year ceremony, and the vehicle presentation at the recipient’s school is celebrated by the entire school family. See the video of this year’s presentation to Volusia Teacher of the Year Frank Garaitonandia, art teacher at Citrus Grove Elementary, at https://youtu.be/81PvLzrgwnc.

“This is a great honor for our companies. My wife and I have always supported education. She’s been in this game for 30-something years (Kelly Conway is a past Volusia Teacher of the Year). Our companies are proud to be supporting this situation. We always give the teachers a brand-new car. It’s really a small thing. We’re glad to do it,” Conway said.

In addition to providing generous support, Conway has given freely of his time and talent by serving as a Board Member for the FUTURES Foundation since 2015. The FUTURES Foundation for VCS was established in 1985 to increase business and community involvement in public schools and to provide programs and activities beyond the financial capabilities of the school district. The nonprofit provides assistance to all public schools in Volusia County.

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