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More than $53K donated to Gainesville schools in second quarter
Gainesville High School received the bulk of donations to the city school system in the second quarter.

Donations to Gainesville schools

Second quarter report

Gainesville High School: $41,366
Fair Street International School: $9,412
Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy: $1,622.31
Gainesville Middle School: $551.44
Centennial Arts Academy: $526.31
Total: $53,478.06

Source: Gainesville City School System

Community donations to Gainesville schools topped $53,000 during the second quarter ending Dec. 31.

Chris Griner, chief financial officer for Gainesville schools, presented the donations report to the school board last week during a work session.

“As always, we’re very appreciative of donations made to the school system,” Griner said.

Most of the money donated, 77 percent, went to Gainesville High School. Of the $41,366 received by Gainesville High, the biggest chunk was earmarked for athletics, including $33,536 donated by the Gainesville Athletic Club for uniforms and equipment.

Gainesville High Athletic Director Billy Kirk said the Athletic Club has a long history of supporting the needs of the school’s sports teams and athletic programs. A history that precedes his two years as AD.

“They provide whatever is needed for our teams to be successful,” Kirk said.

Fair Street International School received the second highest number of donations, $9,412, according to the report. Most of Fair Street’s donations, including a $5,000 gift from Cargill Inc., were earmarked for a Tybee Island field trip taken by more than 70 students last month.

Fair Street Principal Will Campbell calls the two-day field trip to Tybee a kind of rite of passage for students attending their last year at the elementary school.

“It costs about $15,000 for this field trip, and it’s paid for by donations,” Campbell recently told The Times. “It’s a community effort.”

Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy got more than $1,600 donated, including $780 from individuals for the school’s running club. Enota also received a $583 donation from Chick-fil-A.

Aside from getting donations for its athletics programs, Gainesville High received $3,600 for its general school activities, such as art and drama, along with $150 donated to its vocational programs.

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