Colbert County Schools introduce new education foundation

The Colbert County School System has started up a foundation to help teachers in the classroom, and ultimately impact students learning experiences with new innovative projects.

Posted: Dec 6, 2017 1:03 PM
Updated: Dec 6, 2017 7:08 PM

The Colbert County School System has started up a foundation to help teachers in the classroom, and ultimately impact students learning experiences with new innovative projects.

Wednesday, school officials cut the ribbon to kick off their Colbert County School System Education Foundation. The foundation will raise money from private citizens and businesses throughout the year, then teachers can apply for mini grants through the program.

"We have this established to fund-raise in the district and return those funds back into the classrooms," said Colbert County School's grant writer, Matt Dalrymple.

The foundation has appointed board members and at the end of the year a teacher will fill out a mini grant explaining to the board how funding a project will impact students.

"We're going to decided who has the best mini grant and then we will fund those projects at the end of the year," said Dalrymple.

Teachers can use the grant money to go towards technology in the classroom, or everyday items they might need.

"Many times when a kid needs a certain type of material for a project I'm the one to run to hobby lobby and buy it," said Kayla McKinney, the art teacher at Colbert Heights High School. "That fund is going to offer opportunities for grants to be able to support those kinds of needs I have in my room."

School officials said their dream for this foundation to raise enough money to supply every student with a computer device.

To find out how you can donate to the new foundation you can click here.

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