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Demopolis City Schools Foundation Hosts Pancake Fundraiser at Jack's

Published Feb. 7, 2014

DEMOPOLIS CITY SCHOOLS FOUNDATION HOSTS ANNUAL PANCAKE FUNDRAISER AT JACK’S 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Demopolis City Schools Foundation Annual Pancake Dinner Fundraiser will take place at Jack’s Tues., Feb. 18 from 5-6:30 p.m. The fundraiser will raise money for the Classroom Grants Program, a program through which the foundation is able to support creative ideas in the classroom.

“This year’s pancake dinner will kick off our 2014 Membership Drive that will hopefully put us at the $1 million investment mark in the school system over the past 20 years,” said Demopolis City Schools Foundation Executive Director Amanda Barnes. “In a town of only 8,000 people, that’s something really special, and it’s all because of community involvement and support from local partners like Jack’s.” 

As a result of last year’s fundraising efforts, the system granted 90 tablet computers to classrooms and e-books in every library. US Jones Elementary School librarian Emily Windham says students love using them in the classrooms. 

“Some of the e-books are interactive and will read the stories to you in interesting voices, which make it more exciting,” Windham said. “I expect that students who don't really have an interest in reading will be more excited about reading. We hope to have a "bring your own device" program in place soon.”

Outside of the library, technology has changed the landscape of Julie Harrison’s third grade classroom.

“The e-books are quick and easy. They are a great resource to reinforce standards across the curriculum, and my students love them,” Harrison said.

In addition to e-books and tablets, grant money has enabled fourth grade students to start a rhythm band this year, resulting in musical education even in the midst of budget and program cuts. 

With such an exciting year, Barnes expects the pancake dinner to be equally successful. 

“Jack’s is a natural location for us to have our event because many of our school clubs already meet regularly at Jack’s. Having the event there is like having it in our own backyard, and we anticipate a big turnout,” Barnes said. 

Jack’s Area Manager David Denmark says the dinner is about paying it forward.

“This community provides a lot of support to us, and we want to give it back in any way,” said Denmark. “This event is full of excitement. It’s great to see everyone give support to the school and fun to watch those football players eat a lot of pancakes.” 

Jack’s will serve sausage and pancakes between 5 and 6:30 p.m. at the restaurant, located at 801 US Highway 80 West. A pancake-eating contest among Demopolis football players will take between 5:15 and 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 and available in advance from any board member or by calling (334) 289-2226.

For more information, call or E-mail Lizzy Thomas at (601) 540-3302 or elizcthomas@gmail.com.  

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The Demopolis City Schools Foundation, Inc. is an independent nonprofit established in 1993 to encourage philanthropic support of the Demopolis public school system. It is an active organization that provides the resources needed to effectively influence the success of all students in Demopolis City Schools. Governed by a 32-member Board of Directors, the Foundation has provided over $850,000 in classroom grants since its inception. 

Jack’s Family Restaurants, Inc. was started in 1960 in Homewood, Ala. The restaurant specializes in burgers, crinkle-cut fries and hand-dipped shakes. Jack’s has more than 120 stores across the Southeast- with locations in Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi and Georgia. Since 1960, many things have changed in our world, but one thing has remained the same: Jack’s is still serving up great food, with a smile.