Heritage Community Foundation Presents Grant to Fayette County Education Foundation

Jonesboro, Ga. (October 28, 2016) – The Heritage Community Foundation presented a grant to Judy Chambers, Chairman, and other members of the Fayette County Education Foundation Board on October 11, 2016. The $4,000 grant will be used to help fund Project Lead the Way (PLTW) in eleven Fayette County elementary, middle, and high schools. Specifically, the HCF grant will be used to purchase additional PLTW modules, with a focus on areas such as computer science, engineering, and biomedical science.

The Fayette County Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization that solely supports the Fayette County Public School System. In 2000, it was established by community members, the Fayette County Public School System, and the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce to promote enhanced learning opportunities for students and staff. The Foundation funds innovative, creative programs that are typically above and beyond the normal operating budget of the school system. Additionally, the Foundation oversees the school system’s Partners in Education (PIE) program, as well as supports other academic groups within the school system by managing their donations and dispersing funds when needed. These groups include CARE (Children at Risk in Education), Fayette County Robotics Program, and Fayette County Teacher of the Year program.

PLTW is a STEM-based curriculum that allows students to engage in hands-on experiences in science, technology, engineering, and math fields to acquire knowledge and develop skills for an ever-changing society. PLTW also provides teachers with training, resources, and support to involve their students in “real-world” learning. The program helps students become better problem-solvers, think critically and creatively, communicate and collaborate with others, and persevere when something does not work right the first time.

For more information on how to apply for a grant with Heritage Community Foundation, make a donation or volunteer, please visit www.heritagecommunityfoundation.org. You may also contact Jenny Smith, Chairperson, at 770-478-8881.

Heritage Community Foundation (HCF) is a 501c3 organization which provides funding to local nonprofit organizations in Clayton, Henry and Fayette counties. HCF is designed to support Heritage Bank’s first mission, “Committed to those we serve.” The bank absorbs all of the operating costs of the foundation, so 100% of the funds raised go directly to meet community needs.

Heritage Bank, a state chartered commercial bank, has been serving metro Atlanta’s Southern Crescent since 1955. The independent community bank has six full-service offices, features a well-rounded offering of commercial and consumer products, and is an active, involved member of the community it serves. The company’s stock is traded under the symbol “CCFH”.

Photo Front Left to Right:  Dan Vano (Fayette County President, Heritage Bank), Judy Chambers (Chairman, Fayette County Education Foundation), Sheri Dockweiler (HCF), Angie Meredith (Board Member, Fayette County Education Foundation) , Roxanne Rogers (HCF), Debra Redding (Fayetteville Branch Manager, Heritage Bank)

Back Left to Right:  Board Members, Fayette County Education Foundation: Rick Lindsey, Mark Henderson, Mike Maxwell, Kay Franklin, Marion Key, and Tony Ferguson.