The IB Boosters are a non-profit charitable organization run by a volunteer board of parents. All parents with with students in the IB Diploma Program and encouraged to join and participate in the IB Boosters. Parent participation, whether on an occasional or routine basis, contributes to the success of our students in the IB Diploma Program. During the school year the IB Boosters hold open monthly board meetings.
The IB Boosters help sustain the high quality of the IB Diploma Program by providing both volunteer and financial resources. The IB Boosters provide volunteer support for the IB staff, financial support for program enrichment and community service support for IB students. Our yearly initiatives include the following:
One of the primary objectives of the IB Boosters is to raise funds to benefit the needs of our teachers that are not otherwise addressed by school or county funding resources. The IB Boosters strive to identify and fund classroom and educational needs that will enhance our students’ learning.
In the past, the IB Boosters have been able to fund or help fund the following curriculum support requests:
-instructional course books
-high definition speaker for IB Music
-tripods and movies for IB Film
-magazine subscriptions for the art and foreign language departments
-supplementary lab materials
-anatomical biological models for IB biology
Each year the IB Boosters sponsor the Nease High School College Fair. The College Fair provides an opportunity for St. Johns County high school students to receive firsthand information on post-secondary educational opportunities. More than 60 colleges, universities, armed services and trade schools participate. The college fair is free and open to both public and private school students and their parents. At the college fair, students can access information on SAT and ACT testing, financial aid, the Bright Futures Scholarship Program and college planning and admissions assistance. The college fair is typically of special interest to juniors and seniors and provides a convenient way for students to meet several college representatives without incurring the expense of travel.
To raise funds the IB Boosters rely on memberships, contributions and volunteers. The IB Boosters also raise funds by selling student planners and IB t-shirts during the school the year.
As a means to enrich the perspective and broaden the understanding of our IB students, each year the IB Boosters host a speaker. In previous years, the IB Boosters have hosted a holocaust survivor, a backstage organizer who worked with Martin Luther King, Jr. and a performance group focused on promoting social and environmental justice.
Student Service Projects
Dedication to community service is a hallmark of the IB Diploma Programme and a commitment to service is required to qualify for an IB Diploma. The IB Boosters help organize service projects for the students. The IB Boosters sponsors two service projects each year (one for juniors and one for seniors) to help assist IB students in achieving their community service requirements.
In addition, to help foster an awareness of the importance of community service, the IB Boosters help organize and sponsor a beach clean-up project for the freshmen and sophomores. The students clean up all 39 miles of St. Johns County shoreline.
IB Pinning Ceremony
Each year during the fall semester, IB juniors take part in the IB pinning ceremony. This ceremony is a rite of passage for all IB diploma students and formally recognizes the students’ commitment to the IB Diploma Programme. During this ceremony, each IB junior is “pinned” by a senior IB student. The IB Boosters organize the ceremony and host a reception afterwards.
The IB Boosters recognize that teachers play a key role in our students’ success. Accordingly, the IB Boosters host several “teacher appreciation” events throughout the school year to express thanks for their efforts on behalf of our students.
IB Senior Celebration Luncheon
To celebrate the completion of the IB Program, at the end of the senior year, the IB Boosters organize a senior celebration luncheon for graduating seniors and their families.
Six times a year, the IB Boosters host a pizza lunch for all the IB students. IB students enjoy the break from the school cafeteria and the time to gather and eat with the other IB students.
Blessing in a Backpack
Blessings in a Backpack provides needy elementary schoolchildren who are on the federal Free and Reduced Price Meal Program with a backpack of food to take home for 38 weekends during the school year. Blessings in a Backpack was named Charity of the Year for 2012 by People Magazine.