LOCAL FEDERATION GIVES BACK TO THREE ALABAMA COMMUNITIES
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The Montgomery County Farmers Federation recently donated nearly $6,000 to three high school FFA chapters significantly affected by the April 27 tornadoes as part of a continued initiative to rebuild Alabama.
|Montgomery County Farmers Federation President Bill Cook (second from right) presents FFA Executive Secretary and North District Specialist Philip Paramore with nearly $6,000 to benefit three Alabama high school FFA chapters that were significantly affected by the April 27 tornadoes. From left are: Area 5 Organization Director Ralph Golden, Alabama Farmers Federation; Paramore; Cook and Dickie Flowers, Montgomery County Farmers Federation vice president. |
Montgomery County Farmers Federation President Bill Cook said that while he's proud of the donations his county Federation made to affected FFA chapters, determining which schools needed help most wasn't easy.
"We knew we wanted to help, but deciding where we could best allocate our funds was a bit of a challenge," said Cook. "So much of our state was affected by the tornadoes' aftermath, including several schools in north Alabama."
To help determine areas that could best benefit from their financial contribution, Cook consulted the Alabama FFA Association. From their communication, it became evident that Plainview High School in DeKalb County, Phil Campbell High School in Franklin County and Hackleburg High School in Marion County all suffered great damage and needed help.
"Hackleburg and Phil Campbell were practically wiped off the map after the storms, and DeKalb County was also hit pretty hard," recalled Cook. "We knew that these areas could benefit from our contribution. This will be more than just money to those students -- it'll be a chance to rebuild."
Each school's FFA chapter received $1,875, which will be used to purchase tools, textbooks and other supplies.