Community groups honored for upgrading student experience at Highlands School

“No school or school system can be successful without the support of its community,” said MC Schools Superintendent Dr. Baldwin at Monday night’s Board of Education meeting in Highlands. “Highlands and Macon County are very fortunate to have the support of two groups The Literacy Council and Advance Highlands Education (AHEC.” 

Thanks to those two groups and other donors, each student K-5th grade got the latest Ipad with a cover. 

The Williams Foundation started the ball rolling with a $33,600 donation to The Literacy Council for 117 Ipads for grades K-3. The Swift Foundation donated money for the covers as well as Ipads for 4th grade students and Jim Kneisley and his partner Highlands 3rd grade teacher Cindy Henderson, donated money to buy Ipads for the 5th grade. 

Media Director Ms. Stamey said now students in K-8th grades no longer have to share 30 old Ipads. 

“AHEC’s mission is to enhance Highlands School to give students the best chance to succeed when they leave here,” said AHEC member Derek Taylor who has committed $50,000. 

With $100,000 in commitments, AHEC’s goal is to also provide funds for teachers in their classrooms. 

Pictured at the top of the article from left are AHEC member Melissa Delany who also represented Art & Angela Williams of the Williams Foundation, Superintendent Dr. Baldwin, BOE and AHEC member Stephanie McCall, AHEC members Leigh Hartman, Derek Taylor, and Jeff Weller and Jon Swift of the Swift Foundation. AHEC members not pictured are Janice Raby, Hilary Wilkes and Jim Tate. 

By Kim Lewicki, Highlands Newspaper

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