Sara Schwarzauer Foundation & Alabama RC&D Councils donate $4,000 to J. P. Powell Middle School


Pictured from left to right for the presentation is State District 38 Representative, Debbie Wood, Alabama Forestry Association Director of Promotions & Economic Development, Ms. Stephanie Fuller, JPP Middle School Principal, Mr. Nick Davis, STEAM Elementary Specialist, Dr. Vickie Williams-Benson, and CCSD Assistant Superintendent, David Owen.


LaFayette, AL – On Thursday, October 20, the Sara Schwarzauer Family Foundation, and the Alabama Association of RC&D Councils, donated $4,000 to John P. Powell Middle School in celebration of the Alabama Forestry Association’s Alabama Woods to Goods Week.


Stephanie Fuller from the Forest Workforce Training Institute presented the donation to Nicholas Davis, Principal of John P. Powell Middle School. Assistant Superintendent David Owen, Representative Debbie Wood, and Dr. Vickie Benson were also present for the donation as well.


Ms. Fuller is based out of the Alabama Forestry Association’s Montgomery office but is a Chambers County native having originally attended and graduated from Valley High School.


She also authored a book entitled Lucy Meets A Logger which she was pleased to donate a copy to JPP Middle School to help students better understand how forests are kept healthy and replenished while learning about logging.


The vision of the Forestry Commission is to grow Alabama’s forests while supporting the mission of providing forestry education, forest resource conservation, protecting property rights, and growing forest product markets for both healthy forests and strong industry.


Today, the commission works to educate students, landowners, and decision-makers to promote forest conservation efforts. Currently, forests cover more than two-thirds of the state and provide the raw material for Alabama’s second-largest manufacturing industry providing $28.9 billion dollars of total economic output to the state’s economy.


This donation is one of many happening across the state as part of AFA’s Alabama Woods to Goods Week celebrations. These donations are designed to provide schools with the means to purchase the forest products that are essential to their daily work to educate Alabama’s future workforce.


Governor Kay Ivey recently proclaimed the third week of October as Alabama’s Woods to Goods Week which also coincides with National Forest Products Week. Also included for the visit were Chambers County School District, Assistant Superintendent, David Owen and JPP STEAM Elementary Specialist, Dr. Vickie Williams-Benson.


Ms. Fuller is based out of the Alabama Forestry Association’s Montgomery office, but is a Chambers County native having originally attended and graduated from Valley High School. She also authored a book entitled Lucy Meets A Logger which she was pleased to donate a copy to JPP Middle School to help students better understand how forests are kept healthy and replenished while learning about logging. The vision of the Forestry Commission is to grow Alabama’s forests while supporting the mission of providing forestry education, forest resource conservation, protecting property rights, and growing forest product markets for both healthy forests and strong industry. Today, the commission works to educate students, landowners, and decision-makers to promote forest conservation efforts. Currently, forests cover more than two-thirds of the state and provide raw material for Alabama’s second-largest manufacturing industry providing $28.9 billion dollars of total economic output to the state’s economy.


Principal Davis was thrilled to receive a $4,000.00 donation to go towards the purchase of a presentation system for students in the school’s STEAM program.


These donations are made possible by the generosity of Alabama Woods to Goods Week Partners and Sponsors. Alabama Woods to Goods Week is a week-long promotional event to celebrate forestry professionals, products, and industry.


This year’s celebration is sponsored by the Alabama Association of RC&D Councils.


Governor Kay Ivey proclaimed the third week in October as Alabama Woods to Goods Week which coincides with National Forest Products Week.

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