Golf Classic for Education benefits county schools

Staff Report
Posted 9/13/22

FAIRHOPE — The 10th-annual Golf Classic for Education took place at Rock Creek Golf Course on Thursday, Sept. 8. The Baldwin County Education Coalition's annual fundraiser brought out more than …

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FAIRHOPE — The 10th-annual Golf Classic for Education took place at Rock Creek Golf Course on Thursday, Sept. 8. The Baldwin County Education Coalition's annual fundraiser brought out more than 120 players who raised over $25,000, bringing the 10-year total to more than $250,000 in net proceeds to support education.

For 2022, Identity Signs took first place, followed by Larson Real Estate & Investments in second, Rock Cable in third and GeoCon in fourth. Todd Thomas with the Stone Crosby team took longest drive, while Richard Teal with the Baldwin County Sewer Team II took closest to the pin.

The event is presented by Baldwin County Sewer Service. When the company began the tournament in 2012, it selected the Coalition as the beneficiary. Baldwin County Sewer Service remains the Coalition's largest corporate sponsor.

"The impact of the Golf Classic has been a financial game changer that has allowed the Coalition to support education in Baldwin County at a higher level," said Terry Burkle, executive director, Baldwin County Education Coalition. "The generosity of Baldwin County Sewer Service to host the annual event along with all of the sponsors and teams who support us annually is greatly appreciated and is truly making a positive impact on education."

With funds raised from the annual tournament, the Baldwin County Education Coalition has impacted local education through:

• Hosting the Annual Gulf Regional Innovative Teaching Conference (GRITC);

• Advocating for education funding in Baldwin County and in Montgomery;

• Facilitating the Community Advisory Task Force for community input for Baldwin County Public Schools;

• Coordinating the ACT Work Ready Communities initiative in Baldwin County;

• Facilitating grant funding for Guided Reading Short Reads, Teacher Professional Development, and to grow literacy-building classroom libraries in every elementary school in Baldwin County;

• Hosting the Annual Teacher of the Year Banquet to recognize every school's Teacher of the Year;

• Coordinating Baldwin County Public Schools Strategic Plan steering committee sessions;

• Launching the Faith Based Initiative – an effort to connect churches with the schools in their local communities; and

• Launching Palm Project – an initiative to provide tangible resources to students in Baldwin County to reduce barriers to learning, enhance academic achievement and support social-emotional development.

The Baldwin County Education Coalition is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that mobilizes resources (financial, volunteer, and in-kind services) to meet the needs of Baldwin County public schools. The Coalition's mission is to engage community shareholders in public education and to advocate with one voice for the success of every child in Baldwin County. The county's six education foundations provide programs and services to the schools in their local communities, while the Coalition focuses on systemic initiatives that impact every child.

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