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2021 Officers Safety Cameras Project (Butler): The Butler County Sheriff’s Office used our grant funds to purchase Body Cameras and In-Car Cameras. This purchase has improved community trust, transparency, and accountability. The video and audio recording from the cameras can be used by our Officers to demonstrate transparency to our communities; document statements, observations, behaviors, and other evidence; and to deter unprofessional, illegal, and inappropriate behaviors by both law enforcement and the public.

Book Vending Machine (Butler): Greenville Elementary School used grant funds to purchase a book vending machine and books for our third and fourth grade students. This purchase allows over 250 students to earn tokens so they may “buy” books of their very own.

Diabetes Self-Management Education for the Uninsured (Montgomery): Medical Outreach Ministries used grant funds from Mid-South RC&D to purchase an A1c machine for its Diabetes Self-Management Education program. This equipment has increased our ability to serve our low-income, uninsured patients with high-quality diabetes education and services at the clinic. The A1c machine is an important tool to ensure that the doctors and nurses treating the patients have the most accurate information about their health and can prescribe the appropriate medications.

Emergency County Wide Drone Support (Lee): The Lee County Emergency Management Agency used our grant funds to purchase a Matrice 300 RTK drone. This drone has given us the ability to provide aerial support to our First Responder Partners both fire and law enforcement.

Emergency Equipment (Elmore): The Red Hill Volunteer Fire Department was able to purchase vital emergency response equipment thanks to the grant provided by Midsouth RC&D. This equipment includes rescue struts, light towers,  a demolition saw and a emergency generator. This equipment will increase our response capability and allow us to operate in a safer manner while rendering aid to the 1000 residents in our coverage area as well as those passing through.

Equipment for Hands on Technical Education at Marbury High School (Autauga): Marbury High School used our grant funds to purchase a Z-spray max spreader/sprayer. This piece of equipment has given us the ability to provide hands on training to over 150 students in our Ag Program. This training will equate to students being able to immediately work for Lawn Care companies providing weed control and Fertilization services.

Equipping citizens of Bullock County with 21st Century Job Ready Skills (Bullock): In participating in the Alabama Workforce Council, the Regional Workforce Council, and by hosting the Career Technology Education Executive Council Meeting, composed of local businesses, employers are all concerned as to the lack of employability skills by those entering the workforce. Without a strong employability skill set, citizens will not be able to sustain reliable employment. In addressing this State and local community need and in addressing the need to have a qualified and productive workforce, our Bullock County citizens will need to have a location to receive training on 21st century job readiness skills and to develop employable skill sets, one which will support the local economy. In such, Bullock County citizens can improve their skill sets by receiving support from the CTE Director, CTE Counselor, and the Co-Operative Education teacher in the form of practice interview sessions and resume preparation. The Co-Operative Education Classroom in the Bullock County Career Tech Center will create an environment simulating business allowing citizens to learn and practice their interview skills and employability skills. The CTE Director, CTE Counselor, and Co-Operative Education teacher will use the Smart Work Ethics curriculum to share with citizens these 21st century skills.

Extrication Stabilization Equipment (Butler): The Providence Mt Pisgah VFD used our grant funds to purchase extrication stabilization equipment. This safety equipment has given our department the ability to now safely perform extrication operations without further harm to our community members and our first responders. Our first responders going home to their families at the end of every call is our ultimate priority.

FARM SCHOOL PROJECT (Macon): The Town of Shorter and Shorter Community Outreach Program partnered  with Matthew Steele Farms using this grant to teach the D.C. Wolfe Elementary School students about developing a garden, using those items to promote healthy eating habits, and business/financial aspects of running a produce farm.

Fort Davis Railroad Depot Restoration Project. (Macon): The Fort Davis Alabama Historical Society (FDAHS) used our grant funds to purchase materials and labor for external repairs to the Fort Davis Railroad Depot (i.e. door repair/replacement, window repair/replacement, stripping of existing paint, and re-painting the external portions of the Depot). These renovations have instilled a sense of pride and appreciation for the history of Fort Davis. For exmaple, the FDAHS recently welcomed a local church group to tour the outside of the Depot and learn about the history of Fort Davis.

Hands on Liberty in Elmore County Schools (Elmore): The Liberty Learning Foundation used grant funds to purchase Educational Training, Tshirts, and Event Services for the concluding Celebration/Graduation events providing 35 second-grade classrooms in 5 Elmore County Elementary Schools with the Hands on Liberty Program.

Hands on Liberty in Montgomery County Schools (Montgomery): The Liberty Learning Foundation used grant funds to purchase Resource Kits and Curriculum in support of 107 second-grade classrooms in 30 Montgomery County Elementary Schools with the Hands on Liberty Program.

Latinos in Action (Bullock): This project has been created to educate and empower communities about the Hispanic culture through the national framework of the Latinos in Action. The mission is to offer an asset-based approach to bridging the graduation and opportunity gap for Latino students.

Life is Why (Elmore): Adullam International Ministries used our grant funds to purchase equipment to provide high-quality CPR, First Aid & AED training to our teachers, nursery workers, and management staff. This valuable training increases the safety and quality of life of our children, staff, and the community we serve.

Marengo House (Lowndes): The Town of Lowndesboro received $16,298 from Mid-South RC&D to perform essential repairs to the Town’s Marengo House. Repairs included new carpet and electrical wiring in the kitchen, a fresh coat of paint in the dining room, and upstairs windows. The exterior of the house also utilized grant funds to improve the exterior. Through the years various tenants have provided catering services for Lowndesboro and surrounding communities.  This antebellum home has been the setting for such social occasions as elegant high teas, formal seated dinners, unforgettable weddings, memorable class reunions, and delightful Easter Egg hunts. The Marengo House is not only historical, but it also serves as the Town Hall. The Town is grateful to Mid-South for the opportunity to make these necessary improvements.

New Home “Old Nancy” 1904 Steam Tractor (Lee): The Museum of East Alabama used our grant to fund the building of a pavilion to house 1904 steam tractor “Old Nancy”.  “Old Nancy” has been designated as a historical artifact by the state of Alabama. The pavilion will not only house “old Nancy” but will also exhibit other historical farm implements of East Central Alabama. Auburn University Art Department will have their students paint a 13 by 36 mural to highlight agriculture of East Central Alabama. The grant will enable to expand the visitors to the museum and expect to have over 5,000 visitors this year.

Outdoor Classroom Space (Bullock): Conecuh Springs Christian School was able to purchase four outdoor picnic tables to be used by the teachers and student body of Conecuh Springs.  These tables provide a much needed space for science and other hands on activities to be incorporated in the classroom setting.  They also provide a space out of doors which allows for students to be spread apart and in an enviroment different from their usual learning experience.

Radio (Autauga): The Autauga County Rescue Squad used the funds provided by this grant to purchase a  P25 digital radio. This radio brings us into the 21st century with our two way communications, and will allow us to communicate with several different agencies in our surrounding counties.

Revitalization of Crenshaw Park’s Recreational Activities for Children (Elmore): The Elmore County Commission used grant funds provided by Mid-South RC&D to purchase playground equipment and provide safety enhancements at Crenshaw Park. The new playground structures promote balance, hand-eye coordination, agility and rhythm. The improvements to the playground area will allow the residents in our community to learn through play, promote health and physical fitness by encouraging families to get outside and be active. Crenshaw Park is located in Wetumpka, Alabama. The population served within a five-mile radius of the park is 20,567. Thank you to Mid-South RC&D for investing in our community and giving our citizens the opportunity to enjoy the beauty that is in Elmore County.