Dr. Wilma T. Stone Educational Foundation, Inc.

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Biography

Dr. Wilma Telua Stone was born in Plant City, Florida on June 2, 1930. She started her journey in education at 15 years old when she entered Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Demonstration High School, in Tallahassee, Florida, in 1945, where she was a remarkable student. She then entered Florida A&M University and received her B.S. Degree in Biology in 1949. After graduation, she became a science teacher at Marshall Junior High School in Plant City, and later she was a curriculum specialist at Lincoln Elementary School. She received her Masters of Science Degree in Biology from New York University in 1960; and her Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL, in 1971. That same year, she became an Elementary Education Supervisor for the Hillsborough County School Board. Dr. Stone was a Supervisor of Reading for the Hillsborough County School District; Principal of Progress Village Elementary School from 1982-1992 and the first Principal of E.L. Bing Middle School from 1992-1995. Dr. Stone was an Educator in Hillsborough County for 43 years before retiring in February 1995.

Dr. Stone was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., FAMU Alumni Association, NYU Alumni Association, Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church, Who’s Who in America, National Association of Elementary School Principals, Florida Association of Supervisors and Administrators and Hillsborough County Elementary Principal’s Council.

For her work in the education community, Dr. Stone received a 1974 award for special recognition as founder of the East Hillsborough County for Concerned Citizens For the Education of the Disadvantaged Gifted Child and a Council of Churches Special Award in recognition of Black Achievement. In 1995, at E.L. Bing Middle School in Tampa, FL, she received a library dedication in her honor for being the school’s first principal and for her devotion in education. Dr. Stone passed away on February 10, 2011, but she has left a memorable, lasting legacy for our family and the many lives touched during her journey.

As her granddaughter, I started the Dr. Wilma T. Stone Educational Foundation, Inc. in celebration of her memory and hard work in devoting her life to service for children in Hillsborough County and her incredible fortitude to make a difference in education.  She taught me about the other side of life, to be loving and compassionate to others without indifference, to be myself completely with wisdom for the deeper things in life, to help, to serve and to give. Her mother Lela Grant, who had the greatest influence on her life, passed along self-confidence, ambition and compassion which she reflected to her students. She had a strong and undeniable faith in God, a strong loyalty to family, loved gardening, reading and animals. She believed in parents having an involvement with their children’s lives and education. Her belief was simple,

What is to be with a child is set very early on and as a community we must give every child possibility!

She created an important impact in the community and her legacy continues on through all of us who loved and supported her.

Since, January 9, 2014, The Dr. Wilma T. Stone Educational Foundation, Inc. has been incorporated and presently, is in the process of receiving its 501(c)3 non-profit status very soon. We will be providing information on this process very soon in the near future. Thank you all for your support. Looking forward to the future!

The Foundation’s Mission Statement

To show every child and young adult that they possess the potential and creative mind to believe in themselves and to obtain a higher education through reading and literacy. You will be whatever you want to be. But whatever you are, be the best, or one of the best. Be a Trailblazer for the next generation. “Where Education, Leadership and Literacy Forms Connections.”

The Foundation’s Location and Role

The home of Dr. Wilma T. Stone in Plant City, Florida will be the location of the foundation. It will be a reading and educational learning center and library for children and young adults from ages 5-18. The foundation will be a non-profit organization and its central role is to uplift the children and teens within the Plant City community. Updates will be announced through this website in the future. Thank you for your support.

Board of Directors

  • Dr. April C. Anderson — CEO and Founder    
  • Ms. Fannie B. Stone — Vice-President and Co-Founder
  • Mrs. Diane Williams-Bidgett — Director
  • Dr. Gwendolyn King — Director
  • Rev. Dr. Larry Sykes — Director

The Stone Project

A mentoring program through the foundation where we will match students from the Lincoln Elementary Magnet School (K-5) with a big brother or big sister from Marshall Middle School (6-8) and students from Plant City High School (9-12). The project will help the kindergarten to 5th grade students further their academic pursuits and allow motivation for the future in literacy and education. Will be working with faculty and staff at these neighboring schools in the future.

The Reading Room

A reading and interactive project between children and young adults of Plant City, Florida with other children and teens in other countries through computer technology. Where children, teens and parents can connect and share what books inspire them. To provide a social and international perspective between children in the U.S. and other countries through reading, language and education.

Scholarships

In the future, June 2nd of every year, scholarships will be awarded to students in honor of the birthdate of Dr. Wilma T. Stone) the foundation will be giving (3) Dr. Wilma T. Stone Scholarships ($2,500) to students with a 3.0 G.P.A, in good academic standing, accepted and enrolled in an accredited 4 year university or college. Applications will start next year. Look for further information through this website in the future.

Contact Us:

If you have any questions or concerns about being a part of this marvelous project. Contact us via email at drwilmatstonefoundation@gmail.com. 

Physical Address:

Dr. Wilma T. Stone Educational Foundation, Inc.
1105 E. Warren St.
Plant City, FL 33563

Mailing Address (Preferred):

Dr. Wilma T. Stone Educational Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 5501
Plant City, FL 33563   

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We’re building the foundation for the next generation of Leaders!

Here is a Newspaper Article from the Tampa Tribune on Dr. Wilma T. Stone:

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