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Schools Foundation launches business membership campaign [PHOTO GALLERY]

A quality school system is said to be one of the foundations of a healthy community and Demopolis businesses are supporting that idea this summer.

The Demopolis City Schools Foundation launched a Back-To-School Campaign and over 20 local businesses have already committed to ensure local students have the best opportunities in the classroom. 

The classroom grants program of the foundation supports innovative ideas from teachers, transforming our children’s classroom experiences and making Demopolis the area’s premier school system. 

“Every student in the Demopolis system benefited from foundation grants this past year,” said DCSF Executive Director Amanda Barnes.  “Simply put, the foundation is the best way to influence the education of all Demopolis students. We invite our local businesses to support our classroom grant program with a membership in the Foundation, and we encourage our parents and teachers to do business with our supporters.”

For the past 25 years, the DCSF has made a difference in local schools, awarding over $1.3 million in classroom grants. This past school year alone, the foundation awarded $71,000 in grants to support students and teachers in Demopolis classrooms. A sample of those grants include 100 laptops, 35 tablet computers, virtual reality glasses for social studies field-trips, welding and threading equipment for career technical training, band instruments at the high school and middle school, scientific calculators for every math classroom at the middle school and new library books at all four school libraries.

Business membership levels begin with the 180 Club — representing the 180 days the classrooms are in use by students and teachers — and signs around town mark all the supporters. The DCSF is a 501(c)(3) organization and all gifts are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by the IRS. A gift may be made online at the foundation’s website — demopolis.org — or mail a membership to PO Box 1338, Demopolis, AL 36732.

(This article originally appeared in the Saturday, July 21 issue of the Demopolis Times.)