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The Foundation for Public School Education in Bulloch County has swiftly neared its goal in this year's Campaign for Academic Excellence, and expectations are that the amount of $40,000 will be met, if not exceeded.
    Chairman Joe McGlamery said the foundation's efforts have netted $38,400, with more pledges and donations expected.
    "Our goal is $40,000 and I am sure we will achieve that by the time the dust settles," he said.
    The Foundation for Public School Education in Bulloch County, organized a couple years ago, is designed to supplement and aid other funding to ensure Bulloch County students are afforded the best possible educational opportunities. The Campaign for Academic Excellence, in its second year, is geared towards raising funds locally to support the awarding of mini-grants to pay for educational and academic events and needs.
    While officially in its second year, this is the first year the effort has truly made an impact.
    "This was our first effort to try and reach a broad spectrum of the community," McGlamery said.
    The Foundation awarded 20 mini-grants to educators in Bulloch County this year - all funded by donations, he said. Those small grants "had to have touched at least 500 students in the school system ... and the year is not over," he said.
    The Campaign for Academic Excellence will last until the end of the month, he said, adding that he expects impressive results.
     "We're highly motivated and I think we have a good product to sell," he said during a recent Foundation board of trustees meeting.
    Bulloch County School Superintendent Dr. Jessie Strickland praised the Foundation's efforts and spoke of the ways the funding has helped students.
    Handing out a list of state and national awards Bulloch County students have garnered within the past year, she said the Foundation does a great deal toward being able to fund trips to state and national competitions.
    "Every day it's so good. I love to read (announcements of awards) they send over."
    Strickland, who has announced her retirement at the end of the school year,expressed appreciation for the Foundation's efforts.
     "Even though I will not be with you next year, my heart will always be with you," she said.
    McGlamery called Strickland "the driver behind the Foundation's existence.
    "We want to thank you for all you've done here for the school system, and more importantly, what  you've done for the Foundation," he said.
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