DCSF fundraiser is Thursday

Published 2:04 pm Tuesday, April 10, 2012

This Thursday, April 12, the Demopolis City Schools Foundation Annual Pancake Dinner Fundraiser will take place at Jack’s in Demopolis. The fundraiser will raise money for the Giving

Campaign, which benefits the Demopolis schools and the entire city. Specifically, funds will go toward the classroom grants program, which has supported math and science, music and drama, and foreign languages classes, and provided PE equipment, library books and computers.

Jack’s will serve sausage and pancakes between 5:30 and 7 p.m. at the restaurant, located at 801 US Highway 80 West. Tickets are $5 and available in advance from any board member or by calling (334) 289-2226.

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Demopolis City Schools Foundation Executive Director Amanda Barnes says the event at Jack’s is a great way for parents and grandparents to get involved with their kids and the Demopolis education system and encourages everyone to come out and help reach this year’s goal of $1,500.

“I am excited to meet a lot of supporters at this event and share some good food and fun with them,

while raising money for our classrooms,” said Barnes.

Last Fall, the Foundation awarded over $50,000 through 23 grants awarded across the school system.

Amie Attaway, French Teacher at Demopolis High School, has taken her class to a new level because of the equipment she received through the grant.

“The HoverCam is an extremely useful teaching tool in the foreign language classroom” Attaway said. “With our document scanners, we have been able to reinforce ARI strategies as well as art, geography, language skills and culture within our classrooms.”

The benefits are widespread. Special education students at Westside are using iPads to complete school work using touchscreen technology. US Jones students can use the Wii lab on rainy days during P.E., burning off some energy before going back to class. Middle school students are learning math with interactive smartboards, resulting in more engaged students and improved comprehension, and the High School has a “laptop lab” available for use throughout the school for any teacher to use.