Carter Foundation donates $40,000 to Vernon, Chipley schools

Published: Monday, April 8, 2013 at 07:33 PM.

CHIPLEY — The Fitzhugh and Essie D. Carter Educational Foundation awarded $40,000 to Chipley High School and Vernon High School at Monday’s Washington County School Board meeting.

Gary Clark presented checks on the behalf of the foundation for $25,000 to Vernon High School and $15,000 to Chipley High School.

“There are four areas in which the grant funding may be used,” Clark said, “and those are agricultural, English, the library or drama.” The foundation board met and approved the grants for the 2012-13 year.

“For us, this really helps with the little extras that we couldn’t otherwise afford,” said Vernon High Principal Brian Riviere. “We greatly appreciate the foundation board and the funding.”

Chipley High Principal Steve Griffin agreed. “We appreciate the foundation very much.”

In Vernon, one of the things the Carter Foundation money will help with will be pants for the baseball team, Riviere said. In Chipley, the funds will be used to purchase a new John Deere tractor, and purchase Promethean boards and Nooks for the library, among other things.

The foundation was established as a trust by the Carters to supplement educational activities in the local high schools. A local board of directors was created in 2006 and has since managed and administered the million-dollar trust fund in accordance with the wishes of the Carter family.



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