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

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

Longtime area educators and civic leaders, the Carters wanted to see the fruits of their labor utilized to promote some very unique aspects of the educational system, according to a news release from the foundation. The terms of the trust specify the primary uses are to supplement vocational, agriculture, English, drama, libraries and minor sports.

Each year both area high schools submit grant requests to the trust. All grant requests are reviewed and recommended by a select committee consisting of teachers and advisory council members from each high school.

“We really appreciate the foundation, and we want to thank the Carter family,” said board chairman Terry Ellis.

The board also received a $1,351 donation from Keith Cullen of the Florida Forest Service and the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services.

In other business, board member Milton Brown proposed a program offering free meals to Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Chipley Police Department personnel at the schools to get officers spending more time on campus interacting with the children.

Brown, a former State Trooper, said he would be happy to spearhead the program.

“We had a presentation from the PTO asking about school security,” Brown said. “And I know money is tight, but I was thinking that if we offered meals for officers then we could increase their presence on campus.”

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