DCSF presents annual awards at teacher institute

The Demopolis City Schools Foundation (DCSF) presented awards to DCS teachers during its annual institute held recently. Receiving awards were Amelia Mackey and Meggin Mayben.

Mayben, a teacher at Demopolis Middle School, and Mackey, a teacher at US Jones Elementary School, shared this year’s Hugh A. Lloyd Excellence in Education Award. This award is presented by the DCSF each year to a teacher who best shows commitment to the mission of the Foundation—to foster and promote excellence in the school system.

Left to right, Paul Miller, DCSF Board Secretary, Meggin Mayben, Pete Reynolds, Endowment Committee Chair, Amelia Mackey, and Sarah Chandler Hallmark, DCSF Board President. (Contributed Photo)

Left to right, Paul Miller, DCSF Board Secretary, Meggin Mayben, Pete Reynolds, Endowment Committee Chair, Amelia Mackey, and Sarah Chandler Hallmark, DCSF Board President. (Contributed Photo)

Mackey was awarded a 2014 classroom grant to start a broadcasting program at US Jones that replaced the morning announcements over the intercom.

“The entire school atmosphere has changed as a result of having televised announcements. Students enjoy seeing their peers and cheering them on each morning,” said Mackey.

Mayben was awarded a 2014 classroom grant to provide professional grade equipment for the fledgling broadcasting program at the middle school. The students in this class placed second in the Alabama Public Television/Alabama Association of School Boards 2015 video competition.

“These grants are the perfect examples of what we want our classroom grants to accomplish,” said Amanda Barnes, Executive Director of the DCSF. “Our students’ horizons have been broadened, they have developed critical public speaking skills, and with the addition of a broadcasting program at the high school this fall, students can build on these skills throughout their school career.”

As part of the Hugh A. Lloyd Award, Mayben and Mackey will each receive a $500 grant for additional materials for these programs this fall.

A trophy was also awarded to the school that raised the most money during the system-wide SchoolFest fundraiser this past May. US Jones Elementary School earned the trophy, as well as a $1,000 award. SchoolFest activities raised just under $20,000 this year for the DCSF.

Left to right, Paul Miller, DCSF Board Secretary, Pete Reynolds, Endowment Committee Chair, Brian Bradley, US Jones Elementary SchoolFest representative, and Sarah Chandler Hallmark, DCSF Board President. (Contributed Photo)

Left to right, Paul Miller, DCSF Board Secretary, Pete Reynolds, Endowment Committee Chair, Brian Bradley, US Jones Elementary SchoolFest representative, and Sarah Chandler Hallmark, DCSF Board President. (Contributed Photo)

 

About the Demopolis City Schools Foundation: The Demopolis City Schools Foundation is an independent nonprofit established in 1993 to encourage private philanthropic support of the Demopolis City Schools System. Governed by a 33-member board of directors, the DCSF has provided over $1 million in classroom grants since its inception, including over $63,000 in the 2014-2015 school year. The DCSF also holds over $1 million in reserve and endowment funds to ensure support in the future.