AFCEA International Chapter News
MONTGOMERY CHAPTER CHAPTER - Dec 09, 2014

Chapter Helps Fund School Systems STEM Education

In December, the chapter's Education Foundation donated $18,408 in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-related funding to the Macon County School System. Charisse Stokes, director of the chapter's Education Foundation, presented a $5,000 robotics donation and a $13,408 Chapter Initiative Grant to Macon County Schools during a presentation at Tuskegee Institute Middle School (TIMS). Students from TIMS' Future Business Leaders of America club as well as March Knight, computer essentials teacher at TIMS, William Graham, TIMS principal, and Dr. Melvin Lowe, educational director for Macon County's Career and Technical Education Center, attended the presentation. The robotics donation will support the 37-student Macon County robotics team, which plans to compete in the BEST Competition series, among other robotics competitions. The Chapter Initiative Grant will fund the purchase of new Dell computer systems and monitors as well as finance an upcoming STEM-driven competition for Macon County students. The chapter has provided continuous support to the county throughout the years, providing more than $50,000 in STEM education-related funding and donations over the past three years alone. The chapter is proud to continue supporting the hard-working students and teachers of Macon County and looks forward to watching their future successes.

Event Photographs:

Students from the Tuskegee Institute Middle School (TIMS) Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club, along with Dr. Melvin Lowe, educational director for Macon County's Career and Technical Education Center (back row, far l); William Graham, TIMS principal (back row, 2nd from l); and March Knight, computer essentials teacher at TIMS (back row, 2nd from r), accept a Chapter Initiative Grant in December from Charisse Stokes, director of the chapter's Education Foundation (back row, far r).
Students from the Tuskegee Institute Middle School (TIMS) Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club, along with Dr. Melvin Lowe, educational director for Macon County's Career and Technical Education Center (back row, far l); William Graham, TIMS principal (back row, 2nd from l); and March Knight, computer essentials teacher at TIMS (back row, 2nd from r), accept a Chapter Initiative Grant in December from Charisse Stokes, director of the chapter's Education Foundation (back row, far r).
A student from the TIMS FBLA club works on a program via a computer funded by the chapter.
A student from the TIMS FBLA club works on a program via a computer funded by the chapter.
Stokes speaks to TIMS' FBLA students about the value of STEM in December.
Stokes speaks to TIMS' FBLA students about the value of STEM in December.

For more details regarding this event contact:
Taylor Gardiner
334-314-6763

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