$20,809.13 in Fall 2022 Classroom Grants Awarded to Demopolis City Schools

Published 2:12 pm Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Teachers and students across the Demopolis City School system were surprised recently when “The Prize Patrol” visited their classrooms with the announcement of Fall Grants. A total of $20,809.13 was awarded to Westside Elementary, US Jones Elementary, Demopolis Middle School and Demopolis High School.

“Presenting the grant awards is the best day of the year for the Foundation! This was my first time having this opportunity and seeing the excitement on the teachers’ and children’s faces was so rewarding. It was the first time a few teachers had received grants and to see their reactions when the grants “The Prize Patrol” walked in their classrooms made a lasting impression! These moments are some of the highlights in my career as the Executive Director of DCSF. These Classroom Grants would not be possible without our donors who trust the Foundation each year to research, evaluate and invest in these grants to support excellence in the classroom; so thank you to all of our donors!”- Margaret Anne Gilchrist

Westside Elementary School

  • $768.87 to Penny Stanford for the purchase of technology themed trade books that can be used in the computer lab to help teach students about coding, computer basics, and digital citizenship
  • $3,501.00 to Laurice Thomasson for the purchase of items to help bring the new knowledge curriculum with CKLA to life
  • $2,000 to Andrea Johnson for the purchase of nonfiction books for the library collection
  • $50 to Haley Sager for the purchase of fidget bands to use in her Kindergarten classroom
  • $899.25 to Dale Foster for the purchase of drums to help elementary students with rhythm lessons

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US Jones Elementary School

  • $2,000 to Emily Windham for the purchase of graphic novels for the library
  • $2,500 to Suzann Hughes for the purchase of art supplies, general and adaptive, to ensure equal experiences regardless of ability

Demopolis Middle School

  • $1,634.45 to Julie Foster for the purchase of broadcasting equipment to replace old and broken equipment
  • $1,295.60 to Carrie Williams for the purchase of materials to build shelving units to be used in Lab 212 for Career Exploration and Science supplies
  • $259.96 to Susan Browder for the purchase of computer programs and platforms for digital devices to enhance learning and strengthen skills in the classroom

Demopolis High School

  • $2,000 to Lisa Lawrence for the purchase of books and project supplies for the library
  • $3,900 to Carrie Goodman for the purchase of color graphing calculators for students to use in the classroom which will replace outdated graphing calculators

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About Demopolis City Schools Foundation:

The Demopolis City Schools Foundation is an independent nonprofit established in 1993 to encourage private charitable support of the Demopolis public school system. Governed by a 33-member Board of Directors, the Foundation has provided more than $1,300,000 in classroom grants since its inception.

For more information, contact:

Margaret Anne Gilchrist, Executive Director

334-289-2226

director@demopolis.org

Carrie Goodman, Demopolis High School Math Teacher, received a $3,900 for Color Graphing Calculators. Pictured from left to right: Elizabeth Smith (DCSF Secretary), Tony Willis (Superintendent), Margaret Anne Gilchrist (DCSF Executive Director), Terina Gantt (DHS Principal), Carrie Goodman, and Amie Miller (DCSF Board of Directors Member and DHS French Teacher and Senior Advisor).

Demopolis Middle School teacher, Julie Foster, received a $1,600 grant to bring back Tiger News Media. Pictured from left to right: Brandi Smith (DMS Principal), Kim Easley-Bell (DCSF Board of Directors Member and DMS 8th Grade Teacher), Julie Foster, Margaret Anne Gilchrist (DCSF Executive Director), Jennifer Jordan (DCSF Board of Directors Member), Peter Michael Reynolds (DCSF President) and Joe Parr (DCSF Board of Directors Member).

Suzann Hughes and Amelia Mackey received a $2,500 grant for the Art Program at U.S. Jones Elementary. Pictured from left to right: Beth Fleming (USJ Assistant Principal), Etta Pope (USJ 3rd Grade Teacher and DCSF Board of Directors Member), Margaret Anne Gilchrist (DCSF Executive Director), Alphus Shipman (USJ Principal), Suzann Hughes (Gifted Instructor), Peter Michael Reynold (DCSF President), and Joe Parr (DCSF Board of Directors Member).

Penny Stanford, WES Computer Science Teacher, is pictured with her class, along with Gabrielle McVay (WES Kindergarten Teacher and DCSF Board of Directors Member) and Margaret Anne Gilchrist (DCSF Executive Director). Mrs. Stanford and her class were excited to receive a grant for technology themed trade books that help teach students about coding, computer basics, and digital citizenship.

Laurice Thomasson, Westside Elementary 2nd Grade Teacher, received a $3,501 grant to help bring the new knowledge curriculum with CKLA to life and put the knowledge into the palm of the students’ hands. She is pictured with her class, Margaret Anne Gilchrist (DCSF Executive Director), and Tisha Lewis (WES Principal and DCSF Board of Directors Member). Some of the activities from this grant include getting to build the Great Wall of China, constructing the Himalayan Mountains, and 3D organ aprons to help learn the different organs that make up the human body.