Celebrating the Life and Impact of Joe Rizzo

Celebrating the Life and Impact of Joe Rizzo
Posted on 03/07/2022
Celebrating the Life and Impact of Joe RizzoEveryone within Flagler Schools is shocked and saddened by the news today of the passing of Joe Rizzo, Executive Director of the Flagler County Education Foundation. It’s a job he’s held for five years.

Flagler Schools Superintendent Cathy Mittelstadt says, “First and foremost, my heart goes out to Teresa, Joseph, and Caroline. I know they have so many people in our community who have already stepped in to help where they can. Joe was Flagler County. His ability to speak with people, no matter their background or upbringing, his larger-than-life personality, and his passion for Flagler Schools. If you look up the word ‘iconic,’ Joe’s picture would be smiling back at you. I had the opportunity to watch Joe hand out grant checks to our teachers. It was easy to see in those moments that his passion was in helping everyone associated with Flagler Schools. This is a huge blow not only for us within our district but for all of Flagler County.”

Flagler County School Board Chairman Trevor Tucker states, “I, as well as the other members of the School Board, am stunned by this news and lift up Teresa, Joseph, and Caroline in our prayers. Joe’s legacy has a far-reaching impact. If there was an opportunity to support a program in Flagler Schools over the past two decades, Joe Rizzo had a hand in it. His work with Carla Cline in creating the Josh Crews Writing Project has given so many of our students a voice. Joe and the team he built within the Flagler County Education Foundation became a vital role in the success of our district. Personally, I am honored to have called him ‘my friend’.”

Rizzo Family
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