Founded in 1988, members set up the foundation as an organization that can received tax-deductible donations and went to work raising funds to help the school system better serve its students.
With a combination of grants, donations, and income from investments, the foundation continues to raise funds and award grants to keep the system moving forward.
This year two dozen grants were parceled out totaling almost $65,000, with about three fourths of it going toward enhancing technology.
That follows the awarding of $100,000 for technology last year.
Foundation president Laura Strickland said technology not only helps teachers communicate better, but it helps hold the interest of students with new and innovative means of learning.
Strickland said, “It was a goal we had set for ourselves and we’re so thrilled to have met it.”
It says a lot for the foundation members and the donors over the years who have stepped up to make a difference in the lives of Sylacauga’s children.
Their efforts also spurred the creation of foundations in several area school systems, where other children are benefiting as well.
We commend those involved in these efforts and wish them every success in meeting their future goals.