The Demopolis City School System’s Gifted Education Program recently received a $28,000.00 grant from the Alabama State Department of Education. The grant application was written by gifted teacher, Dana Hill, and will support place-based education in Demopolis and the surrounding areas. The grant is titled “The Town Becomes the Classroom”, and is designed to explore and appreciate the rich history and wonderful resources of Demopolis, Alabama. According to Mrs. Hill, “through this grant the students will learn spirally by taking the classroom into the community and bringing the community into the classroom”.
Students will learn from local experts, such as historians, genealogists, artists, engineers, chemists, entrepreneurs, and wild life professionals. Place-based activities will include walking tours of downtown Demopolis, testing of local waters for invasive fish species, tours of Foscue Park, tours of various historic homes and Rooster Hall, and water safety and swimming lessons. In the classroom and on campus, students will build a school garden and pond while studying the habitat of birds, fish, plants and other wildlife, make maps of the Tombigbee River and Demopolis streets, use a kiln to create French pottery representing the heritage of north Marengo County, and design Paper-Mache scale models of downtown Demopolis.
Demopolis is one of 29 school systems that received this state grant which totaled nearly $750,000 and was authorized under Alabama Act No. 2019-403.