Chamber Member Firms Raise Funds to Support TCS Summer Enrichment
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama -- Chamber member firms have come together to raise nearly $40,000 to provide students the opportunity to participate in the Tuscaloosa City Schools’ Summer Enrichment Program. The high-engagement summer enrichment program will be held during June and targets a major issue – students losing progress in key areas during the summer months.
During the past year, the TCS staff has worked closely with the Chamber’s Education Policy Council and West Alabama Works to develop programs and processes to establish benchmarks in key areas such as third grade reading and math, eighth grade competencies, career technical education and essential, or soft, skills.
Wanting to offer their support, the business community reached out to partner with TCS. Participating firms include Alabama One Credit Union; Bank of Tuscaloosa; BFGoodrich; Bryant Bank; The Builders Group; The Capitol School Foundation; Civilworx Construction, LLC; Community Service Programs of West Alabama; DCH Credit Union; D.T. & Freight Co, Inc.; Ellis Architects, Inc.; Harrison Construction, Inc.; John Plott Company; K&A Builders, Inc.; McAbee Construction; Mercedes-Benz U.S. International; Miers Pass Philanthropy; Nick’s Kids; Nucor Tuscaloosa; Parker Towing Company; Pritchett Moore; Renasant Bank; TTL, Inc.; Wade Smith; Walker & Associates; Ward Scott Architecture and WorkSouth.
"We need every student in the Tuscaloosa City Schools engaged in summer-learning experiences to give them academic lift so they are successful when they enter our workforce,” said Dr. Mike Daria, Superintendent, Tuscaloosa City Schools. “The support of the community, particularly the Chamber of Commerce, demonstrates great care and compassion for our students."
Donny Jones, Chief Operating Officer for the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, said he hoped other businesses would get involved in supporting the Summer Enrichment Program. “West Alabama is in need of a strong skilled workforce, and that all starts with our education system,” he said. “Innovative programs like this one will help prepare our students for the next step. Businesses have come together to help with scholarships for students who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend summer enrichment programs.”