The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree Annual Fund

“We support NFSSE because it has made a difference in the life of our nephew. He has grown tremendously through the educational environment and loving atmosphere provided at the school.” ~ Jill and Charlie Arnold

You make North Florida School of Special Education’s (NFSSE) exceptional programs possible. The Annual Giving Tree Fund is our most important giving priority. Your participation is critical and reflects your belief in all that happens here.

The Giving Tree Fund is an essential part of our annual operating budget. Everything we do is focused on discovering and fostering each student’s unique abilities to reveal their highest potential. All funds raised through the Giving Tree will touch every part of the NFSSE experience.

The Giving Tree effort seeks to raise $200,000 and we are inviting all NFSSE families and community members to participate. Campaign gifts and pledge payments are due by May 31, 2020. All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Giving Tree gifts, large and small, provide the enhanced resources and programs that make each student’s education unique and powerful. And now, you can direct your gift to a particular area of NFSSE through the Giving Tree’s Family of Funds.

The Giving Tree North Florida School of Special Education

The Giving Tree Pledge

Family of Funds

Annual support of the Giving Tree Fund demonstrates the loyalty, commitment, and generous spirit of our North Florida School of Education community. To honor the interests of our donors, we have created the Giving Tree Family of Funds. Through these Funds, Giving Tree donors may choose to direct their annual giving donation to a particular area of the school’s operations that they find most personally meaningful (Areas of Greatest Need, Academics, Athletics & Therapies, Art & Music, Financial Assistance, The Scott Bledsoe Memorial Fund).

The Giving Tree Family of Funds supports our students and faculty through the school’s operating budget. Should designated contributions exceed a fund’s budgeted limit, the school will direct the funds to the Area of Greatest Need. To be a part of the Giving Tree, you may submit a pledge, make a donation online, give us a call at 904-724-8323, or email Kit Thomas at

Area of Greatest Need

When you direct funds to the Area of Greatest Need, your donation supports critical areas of the school’s operating budget and directly benefits our programs, resources, and faculty ensuring NFSSE’s continued excellence in its service to students and their families.

Academics and Vocational Training

These gifts support our research-based curriculum as well as opportunities for our exceptional staff to expand their knowledge and professional development which lead to enhanced experiences for our students.  Vocational training through real life work experience at local businesses and organizations, our students understand the importance of professionalism, independent living and appropriate social interaction. 

Community Engagement and Therapeutic Recreation

Enrichment activities both on and off campus are designed to enhance and stimulate the learning experience.  We offer a variety of field trips, clubs and extra-curricular activities for our students.  As a frontrunner in the field of Reverse Inclusion, clubs often involve typical students and adults alongside our students and young adults with intellectual differences.  At every touchpoint, we strive to enhance, empower and enlighten our students and provide them with unique opportunities to grow and develop, both individually and together. 

Berry Good Farms

Gifts designated to this Family of Funds will enhance our multi-faceted on-site vocational training program offered to students 18+ years of age.  Through our offered programs, students strengthen their vocational, independent living and social skills to improve their function in the community at large.  In Berry Good Farms and its portfolio of enrichment programs, Post-Graduates receive instruction in Horticulture, Landscaping, Grounds Keeping, Culinary Arts, as well as through the BGF microenterprises, Berry Good Farms On The Go (food truck), Barkin’ Biscuits and our Berry Good Farms Mobile Market. 

Berry Good Farms Equine Therapy

Gifts directed to our equestrian program will support our new equine therapy and therapeutic horseback riding programs.  For students and individuals with intellectual differences, interacting with horses can be beneficial for many reasons.  Therapeutic riding lessons are adapted for the student’s specific need whether for improving fine motor skills, gross motor skills, motor coordination, core strengthening, social skills or positive stimulation. 

The Scott Bledsoe Memorial Scholarship Fund

Students who embody the tenderness and compassion that former staff member, Scott Bledsoe, infused into every role he played at NFSSE benefit from gifts directed to this fund. Scott passed away in 2015 and the Scholarship Fund was established to celebrate the love that Scott poured into the lives of our students.