Community and Tech Innovation Scholarships for the Class of 2018

Dear Crooms AoIT Class of 2018

It is with pleasure that the Crooms AoIT Alumni Association, Inc. invites you to apply for our two scholarships, The Crooms AoIT Alumni Association Community Scholarship and the Tech Innovation Scholarship. As a way of congratulating you on making it this far in your educational career, we will be offering (1) $750 scholarship each for the Community Scholarship and the Tech Innovation option for graduating seniors. Our group would like to recognize those who have continually performed well academically while still carrying a passion for giving back to their community and school, and those who possesses excellent technical abilities.

The deadline for application is May 9, 2018 by 11:59pm. The scholarship recipients will be notified before graduation. The scholarship applications are available at http://www.croomsalumni.com/page/scholarship and includes instructions on how to electronically submit the scholarship. We look forward to answering any questions you might have and carefully reviewing all applications received. Remember, these are only open to graduating Crooms AoIT Seniors, so your chances of receiving the scholarship are quite high!

Congratulations again on making this far and good luck in your future endeavors!

-The Crooms AoIT Alumni Association, Inc. Board of Directors

Crooms Baseball Returns This Friday After 50+ Year Hiatus

The Crooms baseball team will make its debut after a 50+ year hiatus this upcoming Friday at Historic Sanford Memorial Stadium at 4:00PM. The boys varsity baseball team will face off against Lake Mary Prep this Friday - February 23 - at 4:00PM; admission costs $3.00 for students and $5.00 for general public. Concession stands will be available.

The Panthers last fielded a baseball team over 50 years ago. This inaugural game for the Crooms AoIT baseball team will be played inside a stadium that is built on the grounds of Sanford Field. This storied field hosted baseball legends like Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, Tim Raines, and David Eckstein; it also served as the spring training facility for the NY Giants. Be sure you come out and cheer on our Crooms AoIT Panthers to victory; who knows, you might even see the making of future baseball legends playing on these hallowed grounds!

Sanford Memorial Stadium is located at 1201 Mellonville Ave, Sanford, FL 32771

The baseball team is also in need of financial support. If you are able to support the team financial please feel free to donate through the Alumni Association or the school. For more information please e-mail scholarship@croomsalumni.com .

Announcing the Crooms AoIT Alumni Association Athletics Grant Winner

Dear Crooms AoIT Athletics Family,

Thank you for your efforts to support the athletics program at Crooms AoIT. As graduates, we understand how important extracurricular activities – especially team sports – are to the personal development of Croomies. Without your tireless dedication and attention, the opportunities provided through these programs would not be possible.

As a testament to your dedication to the athletics program at Crooms AoIT, we received a record number of grant applications this year. Requests for support came in from past grant recipients and new applicants alike. We even received an application from a new sports program at Crooms AoIT: the baseball program. While the Alumni Association would love to provide a grant to all of this year’s applicants, we had to make some tough calls and narrow down our selection to the winning recipient(s).

This year, the Crooms AoIT Alumni Association, Inc. has decided to award a grant in the amount of $500.00 to the boys volleyball program. This grant will be used to pay for a new net system that will benefit not only the boys and girls volleyball program, but also the broader physical education program at Crooms AoIT. The current net system dates back to the start of the school – making it at least 15 years old (if not older, as it was previously in service in South Florida prior to making the journey to Sanford). In the coming weeks our team will work with the Crooms AoIT support staff to pay out the grant money for use by the program.

Again, we would like to thank all of you for your continued efforts and support. Because of you, past, current, and future Croomies have a more fulfilling and well-rounded experience during their high school years.

Best of luck in the spring sports season this year, and Go Panthers!

On behalf of the Crooms AoIT Alumni Association,

Frank C. Bracco, Class of 2006
Honorary Director
Crooms AoIT Alumni Association, Inc.

2017-2018 Crooms AoIT Alumni Association Athletics Grant

The Crooms AoIT Alumni Association’s grant program has been established to support the arts, athletics, activities and clubs at Crooms Academy of Information Technology in pursuit of a full and enriching academic experience for every student. The Alumni Association raises funds for the grant program through the use of private donations, which are separate from our membership dues. To keep the grant program viable, we ask that your team or program members and families become involved in the to the Alumni Association's events and activities now or in the future to ensure future students are able to receive similar support.

A total of $500 will be distributed during the Spring 2018 grant season. Multiple grants may be awarded, as such, applicants are encouraged to only apply for the amount they need. All funds distributed this season will be issued to a sporting team or athletic club, coach, or physical education program at Crooms Academy of Information Technology. A request amount may be less than or equal to $500 amount.

Submission Deadline: 11:59pm January 31, 2018

Procedures and Reporting Requirements

1. Submit the application: Applications may be submitted by e-mail at management@croomsalumni.com
2. Applications must be received by 11:59pm January 31, 2018
3. Applications will be reviewed by the Alumni Association’s Grants Committee. Distribution will occur in February 2018.
4. Input may be sought by the Grants Committee from the Athletic Director or school administrators.
5. You must submit a copy of the invoice supporting the monies spent within one year of receipt of the grant. Please return the invoice by e-mail to management@croomsalumni.com

Tax Reform and Charitable Giving

The holiday season marks a time to gather with friends, family, and loved ones. It also presents a time to reflect on the year that has passed and plan for the upcoming new year. Planning for the upcoming year takes on an added importance this year due to the recently passed tax reform.

Here at the Crooms AoIT Alumni Association, this holiday season reminds us how grateful we are to our Crooms family that has supported us over the last 12 years. We know that charitable giving – may it be of your time, money, or social media support – is a decision made from the heart. But, we also understand that when it comes to monetary giving, tax policy can greatly influence when you choose to make your philanthropic decisions.

As you may be aware, tax reform has been passed by Congress and signed by the President. While the new tax code remains unpublished, we expect many donors traditionally used to itemizing their charitable deductions may not be eligible in 2018 due to the higher standard deduction. Accordingly, it may be to your advantage to make contributions for 2018 and future years prior to December 31, 2017, to guarantee tax-deductibility under current tax law.

While the final tax regulations are subject to change and you should consult with your own tax advisor, we would encourage you to consider supporting the Crooms AoIT Alumni Association prior to December 31. To further plan for future years, an anonymous donor will match all donations made by the end of the year by 25% (up to $1,000). To make a donation, all you have to do is visit http://www.croomsalumni.com/donate. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail us at donate@croomsalumni.com.

We hope you will consider taking advantage of this opportunity and help us make a difference in our Crooms AoIT community. As always, thank you in advance for your generosity, and Happy Holidays!

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