Leadership class solicits investments in students' education
CHILDERSBURG — The Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class of 2011-2012 has adopted the Childersburg Education Foundation as its class project.

In making the announcement during a Tuesday chamber coffee, Dr. John Beck, pastor of First Baptist Church in Childersburg, said the class is asking 50 people to pledge $50 each year for 10 years to support the foundation’s program of providing financial assistance to local Childersburg schools.

The foundation, organized in 1988, raises funds to support local schools by providing grants to purchase needed equipment and supplies, and to support school programs.

The Leadership Class selected the project as part of its requirements for participating in the leadership program. The class was required to select a project that will benefit the community.

“It is a great project,” chamber president and CEO Pete Storey said. “I’m really glad they are doing this project.”

The Leadership Class is designed to give its members exposure to various Childersburg community and government leaders and organizations, and to challenge them to become more involved in the community. A new class begins each fall and graduates in the spring.

Childersburg Family Practice manager Tammy Freeman graduated from the class and was a part of the group deciding on the project.

“The 2011-2012 Leadership Class chose the Childersburg Education Foundation because it was a way for us to give back to the local community,” Freeman said. “Since several people in our group worked with schools in the area, we voted that our project would be related to education.”

Freeman said that after the group made its decision, members contacted Storey and he introduced them to Bruce Hunt, president of the foundation.

After contacting Hunt, the group began making plans to organize a fundraiser.

“Since beginning my employment with Coosa Valley Medical Center, being involved with the community is an important part of what I do every day and that includes supporting education,” Freeman said. “Investing in education is investing in our future because our children are our future.

“With new technology and advancements, schools require more equipment and teaching aids. The grants provided by the Childersburg Education Foundation help support those needs,” she said.

The 2011-2012 class initiative is designed to provide $25,000 in 10 years. The money will be distributed annually and will allow the schools to determine how to best invest the funds for their students.

Schools benefiting from the program include Childersburg Elementary, Watwood Elementary, Childersburg Middle School and Childersburg High School.

Beck said there will be a meeting at First Baptist Church in Childersburg Jan. 14 at 6:30 p.m. Leadership Class members will be available to answer questions and enroll individuals in the “50-50-10” program.

Contact Mark Ledbetter at mledbetter@dailyhome.com.

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