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DCSF Presents Yearly Awards at Teacher Institute

The Democrat Reporter of Linden, Alabama

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

Mrs. Mackey was awarded a 2014 Classroom Grant to start a broadcasting program at US Jones Elementary for 3rd through 5th graders that replaced the morning announcements over the intercom. "The entire school atmosphere has changed as a results of having televised announcements. Students enjoy seeing their peers and cheering them on each morning" Mrs. Mackey shared.

Mrs. Mayben was awarded a 2014 Classroom grant to provide professional grade equipment for the fledging broadcasting program at the Middle School. The students in this class came in second place 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," shared Amanda Barnes, Executive Director of the Foundation. "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 Lloyd Award, Maybe and Mackey will each receive a $500 grant for additional materials for these programs this fall.

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

About Us: The Demopolis City Schools Foundation is an independent nonprofit established in 1993 to encourage private philanthropic support of the Demopolis public school system. Governed by a 33-member Board of Directors, the Foundation has provided over $1,000,000 in classroom grants since its inception, including over $63,000 in the 2014-15 school year. The Foundation also holds over $1,000,000 in reserve and endowment funds to ensure continued support in the future.

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Original Publication Date: August 13, 2015

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