Community Foundation’s Board of Directors announces new innovative fund for Huntsville City Schools


J.O. Johnson High School Chris Scribner and Jailen Young

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – It was smiles all around during a special announcement at Wednesday’s Community Foundation of Huntsville/Madison County Summit on Philanthropy. Among the prestigious awards presented, the Foundation’s board broke the news of an innovation fund for Huntsville City Schools.

“Big announcement — it’s an exciting morning,” Community Foundation Board of Directors Board Member Chris Russell said. “It’s going to be for the purpose of getting resources to our city leaders, our education leaders and in this case Casey Wardynski, for all of the great things he’s doing with our program.”

The board decided on this plan made merely hours before the summit started. That’s when Joe and Pam Alexander and Maj. Gen. Lynn Collyer and Sarah Green know they are investing more than just money.

“We’ve just had a few quick conversations, we now have $20,000 that will be in that fund,” Russell said. “Two couples that see the vision and want to invest in education and Huntsville’s future.”

The teachers and students at the Summit said a fund like this fuels their future.

“Anything that shows a student what they can do with their education, helps just give their work in the classroom that much more meaning,” said Chris Scribner, a teacher at J.O. Johnson High School.

The board said they have a goal of between $100,000 and $200,000 for the fund. They hope to develop the same type of fund for Madison County Schools and Madison City Schools. If you would like to donate directly to the innovation fund, you can visit the Community Foundation of Huntsville/Madison County.

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