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Rotary Donates to Haleyville Schools

By Harold Bearden
Friday, January 23, 2015 | 7:01 AM


The Haleyville Rotary Club presented $3,000 in checks to the principals of the three Haleyville schools this past Thursday for the schools' Renaissance Program . The Renaissance Program consists of planned activities to motivate students to stay in school and fulfill the school's goals of motivating, educating, and achieving excellence. The program has proven to be successful over the past years with a lowered dropout rate and higher performance levels in academics. 

Receiving the checks were Wayne Frazier, principal of Haleyville Elementary, Bo Wilcoxson, principal of Haleyville Middle School and Dr. Holly Sutherland, principal of Haleyville High. Also present were Dr. Alan Miller, Superintendent, and three members of the Haleyville School Board and Dr. Bill Bishop, Director of Administrative Services. Board members in attendance were Sandra Manasco, Kris Burleson and Steve Stott. Dr. Miller praised the members of the school board for their work and spoke of the progress being made at the schools. Miller announced a new additional band director will be hired soon to help with the band program.

The Haleyville Rotary Club raised the money for the donations through fund raisers, including the BBQ dinner held before the first home football game. Tickets for the event were sold by students. Shelby Shipman, daughter of Scott and Lisa Shipman, was recognized as the top salesman for dinner tickets last fall. 

The Haleyville Rotary Club also donates scholarship money to selected and deserving HHS seniors just before graduation each year in May. Another project for the Rotary Club is Toys for Kids, held each December. 

The Haleyville Rotary Club has been active for almost 25 years and is part of Rotary International, which helps local communities through out the world with various civic projects. Rotary is best known for helping fund a program to eradicate polio, which is now found in only three countries. If you would be interested in becoming a Rotarian, please contact any member or simply attend one of the weekly meetings held each Thursday at noon in the conference room at Lakeland Community Hospital. 

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