News Items

"Foundation Provides Grant for TCHS Debate Team"
"Geography Decathlon Winner"
"Excellence Awards"
"Geography Decathlon Held"
"Special Hearts Celebration"
"Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence Awards"
"8th Street School Receives Award"
"Reading Center Receives Donation"
"Reading Center Opened"
"TCFEE Announces Addition of New Academic Chair"
"TCFEE Named as Preferred Charity"
"Excellence in Teaching Awards"
"Rally for Reading"
"Thank You to Capital Campaign Donors"

Foundation Provides Grant for TCHS Debate Team

Debate team.

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Geography Decathlon Winner

Geography Decathlon Winner

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Excellence Awards

Excellence in Teaching Awards

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Geography Decathlon Held

Click on the image to see a larger version. Geography Decathlon News Article

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Special Hearts Celebration

Special Hearts Celebration
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Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence Awards

TCFEE awarding check.

Many students, staff, and friends of Annie Belle Clark Primary School read and took AR tests over the summer.
The school media center received a check for $738 from the TCFEE for points earned.
Pictured is top staff reader Lisa Dunn and TCFEE representative Lauren Pate presenting a check to Principal Stephanie Morrow.
Top student reader, Haley Brannen is also pictured.
Not pictured is top friend reader, Sue Denham.

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 Nominate a teacher!

The form can be found by going to the Schools/Staff tab.

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8th Street School Receives Award

TCFEE awarding check.

The Eighth Street Middle School Media Center was recently presented with a check for $172
from the Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence. This check was for summer AR points earned.
Pictured are TCFEE liaison Joy Matthew, principal Dr. Chad Stone and Media Specialist Jane Bennett.

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Reading Center Receives Donation

The photo below shows Foundation Executive Director, Mike Brumby accepting a $1,000 donation
from Tommy Bargeron and Lawton Bassett of Ameris.

Award presentation

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Reading Center Now Open

Tickled that the center is open.

Click here to see the pdf version.

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TCFEE Announces Addition of New Academic Chair

According to Executive Director Mike Brumby, the Julian Cannon Chair of Reading and Writing Skills Enhancement was established in 2014 as a gift from his wife, Janet Bowen Cannon. The goal of the chair is helping students improve language, grammar, reading and writing skills to ensure their future success in the work force.

This is the 12th academic chair of the foundation. The purpose of the program is to provide exceptional opportunities for Tift County public schools to strengthen and enrich education in specific disciplines.

Julian Cannon attended Norman Junior College and graduated from Georgia Teachers College. He began his career in Tifton in 1956 at Tifton High School, teaching social studies and English courses, and serving as a counselor and an assistant principal before being named principal of Tifton Junior High School in 1960. After retiring in 1980, he served as headmaster of Tiftarea Academy, as a substitute teacher at Tift County High School and as a half-time assistant principal at J. T. Reddick. Colleagues thought of him as a man with a dry sense of humor, yet one who insisted that teachers and administrators follow the rules, while former students remembered him as a teacher who made every student feel good about him/herself.

Two members of the Tifton High School Class of 1958, Carla Miles and Marianna Keesee, have special memories of Julian Cannon. Miles commented, “Julian Cannon was a very special person to me because he always made me feel so special. I realized later that it wasn’t just me he made feel special. He made everyone feel that way. He cared for the students, and he made us all feel good about ourselves.”

Keesee recalls that as the newest teacher, Cannon was made junior class sponsor –the most difficult noncurriculum job – especially because the juniors were responsible for staging the junior/senior prom. Keesee remembers that Cannon worked hundreds of man-hours after school alongside junior class members, creating thousands of pink crepe paper cherry blossoms, and transforming Gressette Gym at ABAC into an oriental garden, complete with mannequins dressed as Geisha girls and a fierce dragon, drawn and painted by Cannon.

“Today Julian Cannon continues to be a friend of Carla’s and mine whose opinion we deeply value,” Keesee added.

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TCFEE Named as Preferred Charity

Dr. "Skoot" Dimon - long-time supporter of the Tift County Foundation - named the Tift County Foundation as one of his preferred charities. He was the father of Moppy Dimon Brumby.
Many of the our Directors knew Skoot. He was a long-time and generous patron of the Foundation.

Note from Foundation Executive Director, Mike Brumby

"Dr. Dimon was a world-class orthopedic surgeon, and as fine and loving a person as I have ever known. Those of us fortunate enough to have lived close to him have seen man at his best."

Anyone wishing to make a donation in his memory may contribute toward funding the Skoot Dimon Healing Arts Chair. Donations to the endowment fund will support Tift County teacher grants in the area of med-tech, nursing, anything to do with helping and healing patients. That’s what he did -- in the office, the hospital, at church, in the neighborhood, on vacation, in our home……
Click here to read the Atlanta Journal Constitution article.

Donations may be mailed to the Foundation at this address:
Tift County Foundation
P.O. Box 714
Tifton, GA 31793

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Excellence in Teaching Awards

The Foundation will honor these FANTASTIC educators for
Excellence in Teaching on February 20, 2014.


Tift County Pre-K

Eighth Street Middle School

Annie Bell Clark Elementary

Omega Elementary

Len Lastinger K-3 gifted

Northside Primary

G. O. Bailey Elementary

Tift County High School,
AP Science

Tift County High School,

Tift County High School,
US History, Social Studies
Myra Smith
Darah Wells
Valerie Poppell

Stacy Jones

Susan Nimmo

Shonta Walker

Dana Foster

Pinkey Barr

Debbie Whitehead

Patti Barber

Debbie Salter

Shelley Fandel
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Rally for Reading

Rally for Reading

The Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence generated $3,600 on Sunday, Feb. 9, during a tennis exhibition to kick off the Reading Capital’s 5 million Accelerated Reader points celebration. The event paired local contributors with ABAC tennis players -- and tennis players from the local school system. Click here to see the flyer.

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Thank You to Capital Campaign Donors

Thank You to Donors
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Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence


Tift County Board of Education

for making this opportunity possible!