Southeast Gas recently presented Wiregrass school systems with nearly $60,000 as part of its 2020 Give Back to Schools initiative.
Since 2010, the company has been giving back to school districts that use its natural gas services. The more natural gas a system uses, the more dollars the school system receives.
The contributions to Wiregrass school districts are:
» Dothan City, $5,176.
» Covington County, $12,517.
» Coffee County, $1,788.
» Dale County, $2,769.
» Daleville City, $583.
» Enterprise City, $19,928.
» Eufaula City, $6,043.
» Henry County, $3,501.
» Houston County, $1,039.
» Ozark City, $5,935.
In total, the gas company donated about $124,000 to systems, which include Andalusia City Schools, Butler County Schools, Crenshaw County Schools, Lowndes County Schools, Opp City Schools, and Pike County Schools, Pike Road Schools, Russell County Schools and Troy City Schools.
Board members work alongside the superintendent in each school system to determine the best way for funds to be allocated, according to a news statement.
“We’ve been providing this help to local schools for 11 years now,” said Fletcher Fountain, Southeast Gas board chairman and Fort Deposit mayor. “Southeast Gas has provided more than $1.4 million to public schools through the Give Back to Schools initiative, and most of the time these funds are not designated for a particular use, so schools have flexibility about how the dollars are spent.”
In addition to direct financial support, Southeast Gas employees volunteer dozens of hours each year toward campus improvement through construction assistance, landscaping, painting, gas appliance maintenance, light carpentry, tutoring, mentoring and other activities.
“Southeast Gas is committed to the success of the next generation, and we believe strongly that local schools are a critical component to community success,” said Greg Henderson, Southeast Gas president and CEO.
The company also sponsors the Southeast Gas Community Service Scholarship, a competitive scholarship program for high school seniors attending public schools it currently serves.
The $1,500 scholarships are awarded to up to 24 students representing the each of the public high schools served by Southeast Gas.
Applications for the scholarship are available online at the company’s website (southeastgas.com) and are due by March 13. Scholarship recipients are announced April 10, and recognized at an April 23 luncheon hosted by Southeast Gas on April 23.