SEAGD Contributes more than $160,000 to Area Schools
Over the past three years, The Southeast Alabama Gas District has given back almost $500,000 to local public schools who are also SEAGD customers. In the coming weeks, SEAGD will return more than $160,000 to area schools as part of the company’s Give Back to Schools initiative.
SEAGD provides dollars back to 19 school systems, representing more than 50 schools that use natural gas. The Give Back to Schools initiative is designed to provide dollars to public schools based solely on their natural gas usage for the previous year. So, the more natural gas a school system uses, the more dollars that system will receive. While this program was initially approved by the SEAGD Board of Directors for only two years, SEAGD’s Board chose to extend the program for a third year of gifts to the schools. SEAGD Board members work alongside the Superintendents for each school system to determine the best way for funds to be allocated. “Many systems have used our gifts to provide classroom supplies that are no longer funded at a state or federal level,” said SEAGD Board Chair and Ozark Mayor Billy Blackwell. “Other systems have used the money to improve technology that, again, is no longer being funded at a state or federal level. “
School systems impacted by SEAGD’s Give Back to Schools initiative are: Andalusia City Schools, Butler County Schools, Coffee County Schools, Covington County Schools, Crenshaw County Schools, Dale County Schools, Daleville City Schools, Dothan City Schools, Elba City Schools, Enterprise City Schools, Eufaula City Schools, Henry County Schools, Houston County Schools, Lowndes County Schools, Opp City Schools, Ozark City Schools and Pike County Schools.
In addition to the direct financial support SEAGD has provided to these schools, SEAGD volunteers have spent hundreds of hours working to improve many of the campuses through construction assistance, landscaping, painting, gas appliance maintenance, light carpentry, tutoring, mentoring and many other activities.
SEAGD provides natural gas service to 35 communities throughout Southeast Alabama, and is owned by 14 cities - Abbeville, Andalusia, Brundidge, Dothan, Elba, Enterprise Eufaula, Fort Deposit, Greenville, Headland, Luverne, Opp, Ozark and Troy.