PROJECTS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS FOR 2014
Old Railroad Bridge Lighting Project: Grant funds went towards the purchase of light fixtures to light the 1600-foot walkway to address safety issues.
Community Action Agency of Northwest AL Project: Grant funds were used to pay 17 homebound Meals on Wheels participants’ utility bills.
Marion County Commission Courthouse Security Cameras Project: Grant funds were used to add a camera system at the Marion County Courthouse.
NW AL RC&D Tourism Promotion Project: Funds were used to pay for conference registration, hotel stay, mileage and meals for two representatives of Colbert County to travel to Mobile to promote tourism. Funds also purchased several copies of the Muscle Shoals DVD to give away as educational materials.
Town of Hackleburg Upgrades for Fire Department Project: Grant funds were used to purchase equipment and supplies that will be beneficial to the Fire Department in the event of fires and emergency situations.
Hatton Elementary School Intercom Improvement Project: Grant funds were used to purchase and pay for installation of a new intercom system.
Lauderdale County Extension Social Media for Small Scale and Limited Resources Project: Grant funds were used to pay a marketing specialist that educated workshop attendees on ways to use social media and how it can be used as a great tool for small businesses and organizations.
Foster Grandparent Program (Lauderdale County & Marion County): Funds were used to place foster grandparents in the School Systems for mentoring.
Local Food Planning Support and Education Outreach Project: Funds were used to pay the Shoals Entrepreneurial Center for development of a design to promote locally grown food & an outreach plan to make sure the logo was utilized.
Muscle Shoals High School Electric Car Project: Grant funds were used to purchase an electric car kit that was built by students at MSHS.
Hamilton Elementary School Recipe for Reading Project: Grant funds were used to purchase materials that will provide a phonics programs for students.
Winfield Park & Recreation New Fields Accessible Walkway Project: Funds were used to install an accessible walkway to the newest fields at Ivan K. Hill Park.
Phillips Elementary School Technology in the Classroom Project: Grant funds were used to upgrade technology equipment and purchase smart boards at the elementary school.
Hamilton High School Health Screening Project: Grant funds were used to purchase a hearing machine and special wipes for the machine.
Colbert County High School Hoop House Project: Funds purchased a hoop house kit and paid for the construction of the hoop house. The funds were also used to purchase plants and the drip irrigation system for the hoop house.
Russellville High School Band Technology and Musical Equipment Project: Grant funds were used to purchase an iPad, an Apple TV, a Projector, and Marimbas for the students to use in the Fine Arts building and band room.
Colbert County Commission Accounting Software Project: Grant funds went towards the purchase of new accounting software.
Alabama Jr. Cattleman Education Trip to South Dakota, 2013 Blizzard Relief Project: Grant funds were used to rent vans to transport students to volunteer for service projects in South Dakota.
Oka Kapassa Native American Festival (Council-Wide): Funds were used to implement 2 day Native American Festival. One day is dedicated to elementary students learning about Native American culture. The second day is open to the public. This festival has received several tourism awards for its effective program. Go to okakapassa.org for more info.
Lauderdale Co. Association of Fire Departments “Retention & Recruitment Workshop” Project: Grant funds were used to host workshops that would promote interest in the volunteer fire department.
Colbert County Commission Engineering Study for Mt. Mills Water Extension Project: Grant funds were used to hire an engineering firm to complete a feasibility study and cost estimate for extending waterlines to some current and future residents.
Colbert County Extension 4-H Robotics Program Project: Grant funds were used to purchase six robots for the robotics class.
Franklin County Gifted Apples Project: Grant funds were used to purchase iPads, TVs, and Apple TV at three school sites.
Learning Rocks with BrainPOP Project: Grant funds were used to purchase a school-wide site license to BrainPop which is an online learning tool created with animated movies, text, and activities which will be used by Russellville Elementary School students.
Phil Campbell Memorial Park Movie Projector Project: Grant funds were used to purchase projectors, speakers, microphones, and etc. to be used to host a movie night once a month in the park.
Winston County Bridge Project: Grant funds were used to repair and upgrade the County Road 39 Bridge over Blevens Creek.
Russellville Middle School Tablets for I-Readers Project: Grant funds were used to purchase tablets and a power cord for students to use in the classroom.
Sharing Ideas with Apple TVs Project: Grant funds were used for purchasing flat panel LED TVs and Apple TVs for Russellville City Schools to use.
SPAN Tech Support Project: Grant funds were used to purchase a Macbook, a camera, and a sound system to be used by Lauderdale County’s SPAN program.
Alabama Forestry Commission, Wildland Arson Prevention Project: Grant funds were used to purchase advertising materials to spread awareness of arson and how to help prevent it. It was also used for assemblies in which Ember and Blaze, the Arson dogs, along with the AFC educated bodies of people on arson and forest fires.
Winfield Senior Citizens Program Seating Project: Grant funds were used to purchase new furniture for the Winfield Community Center.
McBride Elementary School “EcoCenter” Project: Grant funds were used to purchase the materials and pay for the installation of a Catch-n-Release Pond.
City of Haleyville Senior Center Supplies Project: Grant funds were used to purchase supplies and equipment for Haleyville Senior Center.
Shoals Special Needs Hub Recreation & Activity Supplies Project: Grant funds were used to purchase an EZ inflatable Jumper Bouncer House and art supplies for camps and programs that are hosted for special needs individuals and their families.
National Wildlife Federation Grant Project: Grant funds were used to collaborate with the National Wildlife Federation to support local farmers and find markets for local lamb and goats.
Cypress Creek Mapping Project: Grant funds were used to purchase information signs and creek markers which are similar to mile markers so that the local EMA can be more effective in expediting assistance to emergencies that occur along the waterway.
Franklin County Courthouse Steps Project: Grant funds were used to replace the deteriorating marble steps on the front of the courthouse.
Northwest AL Lamb & Goat Marketing Study Project: Funds used to host two events that supported and spread awareness of utilizing local lamb & goat meat.
Haleyville City Schools Interactive Projector Project: Grant funds were used to purchase two interactive projectors for elementary school students.
Brilliant Elementary School Conservation & Beautification Project: Funds purchased landscaping materials to build a flowerbed and gutter extensions.
Brilliant High School Technology Upgrades Project: Grant funds were used to purchase computer systems to be used in the school’s computer lab.
Winston County Schools “Surface Initiative” Technology Project: Grant funds were used to purchase ASUS touch screen pads for the schools to use.
Winston County Commission Courthouse Clock Tower Project: Grant funds were used for repairs and for the painting of the clock face.
Colbert County High School Upgrade to Ball Field Project: Grant funds were used to upgrade the football stadium.
West Elementary School Celebrity Authors Reading Incentive Program: Funds were used to purchase materials for “Celebrity Authors” and “Pawsome Readers” programs, which encourage students to become more involved in reading.
Muscle Shoals High School Girls’ Locker Room Construction Project: Grants funds were used to renovate the girls’ locker room.
Outreach to Small Farmers Project: Funds were used to hold four outreach meetings to present important information on NRCS conservation programs. Other topics included soil fertility, economic cold storage for fruits and vegetables, and organic or all-natural farming. Key project partners included AMRV RC&D and USDA NRCS.
Lauderdale County High School Education Technology Initiative Project: Grant funds were used to purchase technology that will aid students in the education environment.
Weather Awareness and Education Project: Grant funds were used to purchase and install eight Davis Weather Stations for Winston, Colbert, Franklin, Marion, and Lauderdale County High Schools.
Winston County Technology Support to Schools Project: Grant funds were used to purchase educational technology.
Thank you to Bill Taylor, Angela Malone, Heath King, and Gloria Martinez for your years of excellent service for the NW AL RC&D.