It was 15-year-old Danielle Aiken’s first day of school, and she was 15 cents short when she went to pay for her school midday meal. What the lunch lady did next shocked her mom, Kimberly. And she spurred her into action for the sake of her daughter and other kids in the same shoes.
Danielle attends University High School in Orange City, Florida, which is part of Volusia County Schools. In 2010, the year it opened, it had more students enrolled than any other high school in the county. And the 2016 – 2017 year saw 2,824 students on the roster.
Much of University High School’s academic focus is on STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It even partners with local universities to create STEM and finance academies for students to hone their skills pre-college.