The Dothan Education Foundation is honored to announce a personal donation of $25,000 by former Dothan Mayor, school board chairman and businessman, Mike Schmitz, to the Dothan Education Foundation in honor of Dothan City School’s superintendent, Dr. Phyllis Edwards at the “It Takes a Village” Women’s CEO Alliance event, June 6. This gift is one of the largest by an individual donor in the Foundation’s nearly 25-year history.
“On behalf of our board we are excited to be able to use these funds to continue our mission of mobilizing resources for Dothan City Schools,” said Lindsey Fountain, Dothan Education Foundation Executive Director. “It is because of generous donors in our community, that we can continue our much needed work to provide support for our teachers and students. Since 1995, the Dothan Education Foundation has supported Dothan City Schools through funding for special projects and programs outside the annual school budget dollars.”
Dothan City School Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Edwards said, “I am honored that Chairman Schmitz shared his generosity to the Dothan Education Foundation in honor of the work that I am leading here in the Dothan City School System. By providing a personal donation of $25,000, Mr. Schmitz has shown tremendous generosity, leadership and commitment to Dothan’s public education. We intend to make the Dothan City School System the best public school system in the state and in the nation.”
“I made this personal donation to the Dothan Education Foundation because I believe in its partnership with Dothan City Schools, especially now as we’re on the verge of a new era in our city’s public education system,” Mike Schmitz said. “I have confidence in both Dr. Edwards and the DEF mission to help our teachers and students be the best, so this partnership is extremely important to me, and that’s why I’m committed to it.”
The Dothan Education Foundation is working closely to aid classroom, school and professional development needs within the Dothan City School system as restructuring plans are already in motion for the new school year. “Our goal as we move forward is to encourage the community to partner with us. This is a wonderful kick-off into the new school year as we are working on some exciting opportunities for our community to come together in support of education because together we are— Better Schools. Better Dothan,” Fountain said.