New fundraising effects have begun for the Corinth School District Foundation.

The foundation’s board is launching an annual membership program to help provide a more consistent income. The foundation has in the past asked primarily for one-time gifs.

Created in 2015, the foundation works to bridge the gap between the needs and wants of the faculty and staff and what the school district can provide with public funds. They work at connecting community resources to the classroom and look at every opportunity to ensure teachers and students receive what they need and want. Now following more than a year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the foundation needs support more than ever.

“Our students and teachers have had to change the way they teach and learn and have risen above every obstacle that the pandemic has placed in front of them,” said the board. “Our goal is to be able to fund all appropriate projects while continuing past projects. We are currently in the process of gathering the new wants and needs from our educators and will need financial help to fulfill them.”

More than $95,000 in grants have been funded through the foundation since 2015. Past grants have provided learning opportunities for teachers and students. They have included alternate seating, teacher enrichment seminars, manipulatives, field trips, classroom libraries and teacher incentives. The foundation has also hosted several family events on campus including tailgates before home football games.

“Many new projects have come to our attention, and we are excited to help each grade level expand their classrooms through individual science lab kits, materials for an essentials/life skills room for the special education department,” said the board. “Other future include incentive programs for testing, teacher appreciation meals, the Biology Bowl and a greenhouse for the high school science department.”

Membership levels begin at $25 said Taylor Coombs.

“We have opportunities where community members can also request to sponsor specific projects,” said Coombs.

Checks should be made payable to CREATE Foundation with Corinth School District Foundation in the memo line and be mailed to Corinth School District Foundation, attn: Taylor Coombs, 1204 North Harper Road, Corinth, MS 38834. Online donations can also be made at createfoundation.com/make-a -donation.

For more information, contact 287-2425 or by email Coombs at tcoombs@corinth.k12.ms.us or Katy Stanley at katystanley@me.com.

Staff Writer

Zack Steen was first hired in 1999 as a junior in high school to work in the Daily Corinthian design department. After several years away, he returned in 2014 as staff writer. He's married to the love of his life Brandy and they have 5 wonderful fur-kids.

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