Demopolis City Schools Foundation recognizes supportersBy Justin Averette Published 9:57pm Tuesday, August 27, 2013
The Demopolis City Schools Foundation recognized supporters Tuesday that made it possible for the non-profit to give out $50,000 in classroom grants this past year.
The 18th Annual Donor Appreciation Celebration was held Tuesday evening at the Coplin building in downtown Demopolis.
This past year, $51,334 was given out to 20 teachers to use for everything from technology like smart boards and iPads to books and other classroom equipment. More than $124,000 worth of projects were applied for last year.
“We were not able to fund all those but that is certainly our long-term goal,” said DCSF President John Northcutt.
On Tuesday, partner, patron and executive members from 2012-2013 were recognized with a small token of appreciation.
Partner members give at least $500, while patrol members donate at least $1,000. Executive members give $5,000 or more.
“This has been another successful year, said Wray Anderson, chairman of the DCSF community relations committee. “We thank you for all you have done.”
Second grade teacher Elizabeth Renner talked about the difference iPads made in her classroom last year.
She said the new technology allows her to individualize lessons plans for students who need remediation and those who are learning at an advanced level.
Test scores are up and students love using the iPads, she said.
“I have found this to be a very useful tool,” Renner said. “The students compete over who can do the work the quickest and the best. I love it — thank you very much.”
Executive members recognized were The Daniel Foundation of Alabama; Foster Farms; Georgia-Pacific; Parr’s, Inc.; J.R. Rivas; RockTenn Company; The John C. Webb III and Marie Suttle Webb Foundation; Dan and Vickie Wilson; and one anonymous donor.
Patron members honored were Cemex Southeast LLC; Jackson-Newell Foundation; Kenneth and Rebecca Marlowe; the late Betty McCormick; Claud and Cindy Neilson; Louise Webb Reynolds; Robertson Banking Company; Rotary Club of Demopolis; US Jones Grand Reunion; and John Cox Webb IV.
Partner members recognized were John David and Amanda Barnes; The Demopolis Times; Bill and Judilyn Horton; Marengo Insurance Agency; Bill and Catherine Meador; John and Nancy Northcutt; Frank and Lucette Osborne; and John and Mary Rutledge.
The Demopolis City Schools Foundation also has more than 85 “sustainers” who have given at least $100 and more than 115 more members.
Also recognized Tuesday was Allie Busby, a fifth-grader at US Jones. Winner of an annual contest, Busby’s artwork was chosen to be put on the patron plaques.