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2013 Foundation Banquet

The 2013 Talladega City Schools Foundation Awards Banquet will be May 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Talladega High School lunch room. Tickets are $15 per plate and can be purchased from board members or at the door.

The Foundation will be announcing the grant recipients at the banquet,  so we encourage all teachers who submitted grants to attend the event. The ticket price is covered for grant applicants — there will be a list at the door the night of the event.

The Foundation would like to extend a special invitation to our city leaders and to the school board. We hope to see you all there.

2012 Foundation Banquet

The 2012 Talladega City Schools Foundation Awards Banquet will be May 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Talladega High School lunch room. Tickets are $15 per plate and can be purchased from board members or at the door.

The Foundation will be announcing the grant recipients at the banquet,  so we encourage all teachers who submitted grants to attend the event. The ticket price is covered for grant applicants — there will be a list at the door the night of the event.

We will also be focusing on the many successes of the Talladega City School System this past year, from the High School students participating in the robotics competition, the THS Dega Band taking part in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, R.L. Young archery students going to nationals, and other accomplishments of our students, teachers, staff and administrators. This has truly been a remarkable year for the school system, and we invite everyone to come out and help us celebrate those accomplishments.

The Foundation would like to extend a special invitation to our city leaders and to the school board. We hope to see you all there.

Education Grants ready

As the summer winds down, teachers are already getting their classrooms ready.

This year, because of changes in the school system due to the closing of Hal Henderson, some teachers were switching schools and positions. The foundation had made the decision for the grants to follow the teachers this year instead of gong to specific schools to accommodate these changes as long as the teachers are still employed with the city school system.

Many, if not all, of those changes have been made now, and the Talladega City Schools Foundation is ready to start handing out grants.

Due to the staffing changes, we are not sure which teacher recipients are currently at which schools. We can either hand out grants to individual teachers, or principals can send us a list of the teachers at their schools who are awaiting grant money and we can administer the grants directly through the schools. Contact Joell Elliott at RBC Bank in Talladega for grant disbursements.

If you have any questions regarding your grant, feel free to contact any foundation member.

Thank You Sponsors

A special Thank You goes out to all the sponsors who helped support our awards banquet this year.

Thanks to your generosity, the Foundation will be better able to fund grants for educators in the years to come, which means our children will have new educational opportunities they otherwise would have missed out on.

Special Sponsors:

  • Bob McBride
  • Honda Manufacturing of Alabama


Gold Sponsors:

  • Camp Mac
  • The Greater Talladega and Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Dr Jimmy Davis and Dr. Anne Davis


Friend Sponsors:

  • Mark and Jeanne Rasco
  • Dale and Debbie Waller
  • Tom and Nancy Lutchendorf

Foundation Banquet Tickets

The Foundation Awards Banquet is scheduled for Thursday, May 12, at 6:30 p.m. at Talladega High School.

Music will be provided by the THS Jazz Ambassadors under the direction of Mr. David McDaniel.

Tickets may be purchased from any board member or may be reserved at the door using the contact form on this website or by calling Foundation President Graham Hadley, 205-616-2203.

Food and seating are limited, so tickets purchased at the door must be reserved ahead of time.

Foundation Grant Recipients for 2011

Here is a complete list of the 2011 Talladega City Schools Foundation Grant Recipients.

We had an outstanding group of applicants this year. Thanks to everyone who applied and to the administrators and staff at the schools and central office who helped organize and get the grants to us.

Congratulations to everyone who received a grant this year. We look forward to seeing you all at the banquet Thursday, May 12, 6:30 p.m. at THS.

  • Rebecca D. Armstrong – Flipping, Sharing, Creating and learning with Technology
  • Linda Haynes – Joy of Art
  • Roxanne Lamberth – 21st Century Learning
  • Valerie M. Harris – Teaching and Learning with No Strings Attached
  • April Noel – Leap into Testing
  • Sheryl Fuller  & Pat Heath – Mice for Computers
  • Ashley Campbel – Tag, You’re It
  • Erin P. Thielker – Ready, Set Read
  • Cathy Chandler – Empowering all Students Through Technology
  • Amy Crow – Weighted Vests
  • Jana Hadley – E-xcellent E-xciting E-readers
  • Kristie Hardy  – Classroom Laptop
  • Carolyn Waters Conner – pH Factors are Everywhere
  • David McDaniel – Music is the Key
  • Chris Mahand – Safety for Student Athlete
  • Anita Foy  – Phun Photography in Physics
  • Dottye Armstrong & Keisha Ragland – Quiz Bowl
  • Shana Webb – Expanding Minds by Doing Labs



Foundation Grants Awarded

By Chris Norwood/The Daily Home

TALLADEGA — The City Schools Foundation has awarded 18 grants totaling $9,256 to 19 different teachers within the School System.

This year’s grant program will be celebrated at a banquet Thursday night starting at 6:30 at Talladega High School. Individual tickets are still available for $15 each.

“We actually went to the schools and explained what we were looking for,” foundation President Graham Hadley said. “We can’t fund them all, but on most of them we can fund at least a core of a program. We want to see permanent programs that go straight into the hands of the kids.”

Examples of requests funded through this year’s grants range from the Joy of Art program, a specially weighted vest for autistic students, iPads, pH testers, a new keyboard for the high school band and tackling equipment for the high school football team.

For the complete story see The Daily Home.

Banquet May 12

The grant committee has met and chosen almost $10,000 in grant money to be distributed to Talladega City School System educators. Teachers and schools will be notified of the grants this week. Thanks to the grant committee members, Dr. Erminel Love-Trescott, Fran Pope and Scott Munroe who took time out of their busy schedules to help with the grant process this year.

The awards banquet is scheduled for Thursday, May 12, at 6:30 p.m. at Talladega High School. In addition to the awards, dinner will be served. The THS Jazz Band will be performing for everyone who can attend.

Tickets are $15 per person. This year, we are also giving local citizens, businesses and organizations the opportunity to be sponsors for the event and help support the foundation and education in the City of Talladega. Sponsorships are $500 for gold, which includes 8 tickets; $250 for silver, which includes 4 tickets; and $100 for friend sponsorship, which includes 2 tickets.

The Greater Talladega Area Chamber, Camp Mac and the Davis family have already agreed to be gold sponsors. We appreciate their support and help with this most worthy cause.

For tickets or to help sponsor the event, please contact one of our board members or Foundation President Graham Hadley, 205-616-2203 or through the contact us form on this website.

We look forward to seeing everyone there.

Get Grant Applications here

Download your grant applications in pdf format here.

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader or similar pdf software, which you can get from Adobe for free here.

Some quick guidelines for grants

As part of our ongoing efforts to provide additional educational opportunities for students in the Talladega City School System, the Education Foundation is striving to reach out to teachers in an effort to facilitate communication and provide a better understanding of our mission and how the grant process is handled.

To that end, a number of foundation is providing some helpful guidelines for educators to follow when making grant applications to the foundation.

These are to be considered loose guidelines – not hard and fast rules. Teachers should keep these in mind when making applications, but should not consider them to be absolutely limiting in what they ask for in their grants.

Before discussing these points, teachers need to be aware of some loose policies the grants committee generally follows during the selection process.
1. The grants process is treated as a blind review – the committee members do not know the school name or the names of the teachers making the applications.
2. Though the names of the schools are kept secret, the grants are grouped by schools, and some consideration is given to make sure that all schools that apply receive some of the grant money.
3. While it does happen on occasion, generally, the committee does not award more than one grant per teacher.
4. Because the grant committee members do not have a way to identify the teachers or the schools during the awarding process, there is no favoritism. Each grant is considered on its merits to furthering educational opportunities alone and nothing else.

Grant writing guidelines.

1. No basic classroom supplies. Generally speaking, grants should not be for classroom supplies like paper, pens, pencils, etc. The Foundation’s primary mission is to extend the educational opportunities beyond what is normally part of public schools.

2. More bang for your buck. Funding is very limited for the education foundation grants – generally being generated from the interest in our accounts. Total grant funding can be around $10,000, so big-ticket items, like Promethean Boards, interactive white boards, and other very expensive items tend to not be awarded grants. While we would like to do more here, at this time, the money is just not there for such expensive items.

3. Helping more students. The more students your grants help, the better. One of the top grants awarded last year was for a few hundred dollars that bought a piece of equipment that could easily be used for every science classroom in the school.

4. Durability. Funding for one-time events, like bringing in a famous poet, artist or acting troupe or buying supplies for a single project or sending students on a field trip receives a lower priority than funding for something that can be used over and over again. The more use a classroom or school can get out of a grant, the more likely that grant is to be awarded.

5. Line items. If possible, submit grants with line-item pricing. Very often, the grant committee will not be able to fund an entire grant, but can award part of it – usually the core components. A teacher might ask for an Elmo, cart, computer adapter, power bar, etc. and just get the Elmo.

6. Think outside the box. The committee rewards creativity. One of the central values of the education foundation is providing educational opportunities outside the normal curriculum. The grant committee tends to reward creativity – teachers who are finding unique and unusual ways to engage their students and broaden their educational and cultural horizons.

7. Students first. The foundation is focused on the education of children – so grants for software or equipment for clerical or administrative tasks are generally not considered.

8. Ask. The foundation is here to serve our schools and our students. If a teacher or a principal has any question or wants some advice on the grant process, please contact one of our officers or members. An easy way to do this is to email current president Graham Hadley at

9. Have all your ducks in a row. Make sure your grant is clearly written, outlining exactly how the money is going to be spent, a timeline for implementation, the name and company of any products or services involved, and any other information the committee may need to help the members make their decisions. You cannot be too detailed in your grant writing.

10. Feedback. This is actually the only hard and fast rule – we will be giving all teachers who receive grants a form to fill out after the grant is awarded. Before the next grant cycle – you have a year – we want to hear how you used the funding. This is not so much taking a critical eye to the teachers, but the Foundation needs to know what works and what does not. This will be invaluable information for the grants committee down the road in determining the most efficient ways to allocate funding.