Ward gives school grant

Published 4:29 pm Wednesday, August 31, 2011

lanton Middle School Principal Donny Finlayson, Sonja Jones and Lori Farris are shown during a grant presentation by Sen. Cam Ward.

State Sen. Cam Ward earlier this week announced $15,000 in grants for Clanton and Thorsby schools. Ward made the announcement as he continues his annual tour of every school in his district.

During the visits to Clanton Middle School and Clanton Elementary School, he visited with faculty and staff to learn more about their current budget needs.

The grants, which were awarded to Clanton Elementary, Clanton Middle, Chilton County High and Thorsby High schools, will be used to buy equipment and supplies.

“Chilton County has a strong school system because of the outstanding dedication of its faculty and staff who work so hard to ensure a good education for every child.  This hard work is done despite the difficult state and local budget constraints,” Ward said.

One grant came about as a result of a previous visit by Ward to CES.  During that previous tour, Heather Alford, a teacher who works with special needs children, expressed a desire to purchase more sensory material for her students. The grant presented to Clanton Elementary will be used to purchase sensory materials and equipment for the pre-K classroom at Alford’s request.

“I am always proud to see the work done by our teachers for special needs children. Clanton Elementary School does an excellent job in this area,” said Ward.

After leaving Clanton, Ward went on to tour Thorsby High School with Thorsby Mayor Dearl Hilyer.  The two visited with administration officials about what needs the school has and how the state and local government can partner with them in addressing those needs.

The funding for school grants in Alabama comes from the Community Service Grant Commission, which is part of the Alabama Education Trust Fund Budget.