TCS raising money for teachers

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, August 19, 2015

For a little as $1, you can help enrich the educational experiences for students in the Troy City Schools.

The Troy City Schools Education Foundation is giving away more than 50 gifts and prizes as part of a fundraising effort for its teacher grant program. Tickets to be entered in the giveaway are $1 each.

“The foundation exists to raise money that provides teacher grants,” said Dr. Jean Laliberte, president of the foundation. “Those grants enhance the lives of our children in the public school system.”

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Since its inception, the foundation has awarded an average of $20,000 in grants each year.

The grants support enriching activities – from field trips to museums in Atlanta to a handwriting curriculum program to visits from the Raptor Center at Auburn University – across all schools and age groups. In the past, the program has traditionally been funded by private and corporate donations.

“In recent years it’s been increasingly difficult to raise the funds for these grants,” Laliberte said. “This year, in order to ensure we’re able to keep the same level of grants to our teachers, we decided to have a public fundraiser.”

Laliberte said the group is selling 10,000 tickets for the fundraiser and will be awarding nearly 60 prizes. Prizes include a gift card “tree”; gift baskets from City of Troy, The Messenger and Pink Leopard; ticket packages for TROY football, basketball, and baseball; Tote bag with free monogram from Family Ties; Gift certificates /Gift cards from Applebees, Pennzoil, All American gas, Sweet Rack Rib Shack, Half Shell, Dirty Pearl, Milky Moos, Sips on The Square, Mossy Grove, Hooks, Little Caeser’s, C&K Nails and Zaxby’s; stainless steel coffee mugs from Henderson Wealth Management; tool set from Lowe’s; book by Karla Johnson; beauty packages from Brooks Salon and EPIX; electric toothbrushes from Dr. Amy Flowers and Dr. Allen Blackmon; Southern Classic Sauce Sets and more.

“Tickets are only $1 each, so that affords the opportunity for all to support the school system,” she said. “We want everyone to have the opportunity to participate.”

Tickets are being sold by foundation members and through homeroom teachers at each of the schools. The winners will be announced during the Charles Henderson High School homecoming game on Sept. 18.

“One hundred percent of the ticket proceeds go back to the teacher grant program,” Laliberte said. “This is a wonderful opportunity to support our local schools, so we hope everyone will participate.”