Friday representatives of the Stewart Family Foundation met at the high school’s Career Technology Department to ceremonially donate $100,000 to the Public Education Foundation of Anniston. The money will be donated to the school to help fund $172,000 worth of equipment for programs such as welding, cosmetology, and law and public safety. The Board of Education has committed to pay up to $72,000 of the remaining cost for the list of items requested by teachers in such programs.
Standing amid rows of computers in the business and marketing wing where new equipment will be installed in the coming weeks, Anniston attorney Donald Stewart said his family wanted to give back to the community in which they have been blessed through the years.
PEFA vice chairman Bruce Jameson, who along with Arthur Cottingham also serves on the career technology advisory board, said its members conducted surveys of local businesses to see what kind of employees they are looking to hire in order to best help Anniston High School’s Career Technology programs prepare its students.
“We want to make sure the career tech program is generating the workforce that the community needs,” he said.
“Which will then provide opportunities,” Stewart added, “for the folks that graduate to get good-paying jobs and move on with their lives.”
The Stewart Family Foundation has also committed to donate $300,000 to classroom technology across the district’s schools.
Jameson said PEFA would like to see the community become more involved in this effort. Those interested in these initiatives can contact Wonder Osborne, PEFA’s executive director, at 256-237-0053.
Staff writer Paige Rentz: 256-235-3564. On Twitter @PRentz_Star.