The Education Foundation for Dothan’s Future is reaching out to the public, electronically.
News 4 spoke with board members about the need for funding and how the money improves children's education.
Members of Dothan’s Education Foundation say the need for funding is greater than ever. Since February, they've been informing the public about educational programs in the city's schools and about how students benefit from the funds they collect.
Since the group formed back in 1995, they have awarded more than $250,000 dollars in educational grants.
Dothan Education Foundation Executive Director Libby Krietemeyer said, “This past year, we awarded $29,000 in grants and we are in the process of offering the grant opportunity for the teachers for the 2008, 2009 school year.”
Tax increases to provide money for the schools have been voted down in the past few years. The foundation's fundraising efforts help teachers provide tools for their classrooms that otherwise would not be funded.
Funds from the foundation provided a Lego Lab, which helps students learn about math, science, engineering and technology.
The foundation's board awards grants for creative projects that increase productivity in classrooms and keeps students interested in education.
Administration Asst. with the Dothan Education Foundation Twyla Williams said, “We're hoping many more businesses will get involved with donations, which when we receive more donations, we can put that money directly into the classrooms, in our school system; that would be a huge benefit for our foundation, but mainly for our school systems, classrooms and students.”
They’re hoping that by reaching out electronically and keeping the public informed, more people will invest in Dothan’s future.
For more information about the Education Foundation or to receive their newsletter, you can call them at 794-6585 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.