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DCSF launches 2015 membership campaign

The Demopolis City Schools Foundation has launched its 2015 membership campaign and hopes to raise $60,000 for Demopolis classrooms.

The nonprofit has had a banner year, awarding $63,000 in grants to be used in classrooms from kindergarten to 12th grade.

Westside kindergarten teacher Gabielle McVay uses materials in class that were purchased with a Demopolis City Schools Foundation grant.

Westside kindergarten teacher Gabielle McVay uses materials in class that were purchased with a Demopolis City Schools Foundation grant.

“At the end of September and again in January, the foundation awarded grants that supported the extras that the schools need to provide an excellent education for every child in Demopolis, on par with any in the state,” said DCSF executive director Amanda Barnes.

Some of those grants funded a state-of-the-art 3-D printer at Demopolis High School; broadcasting equipment at Demopolis Middle and High Schools; recorders to teach music at U.S. Jones Elementary; and materials to help Westside Elementary kindergartens improve their reading and writing skills.

“All of this and more is only possible because of the generosity of local citizens, individuals and businesses who translate their passion for education into tangible financial support,” Barnes said.

For 2015, the foundation hopes to raise $60,000 in memberships by June 30. Individual memberships are available for $30 as well as increasing levels of support.

“For as little as $30, you really can make a difference in the classrooms of Demopolis,” said membership committee chairman Kim Townsend.

More than 100 individuals and businesses are DCSF members. For more information, call Barnes at 289-2226. Donations can also be made online at www.demopolis.org.