"The Mission of the PEFA, Inc. is to develop support in a coordinated effort to assist and motivate student who are "at-risk" to achieve their maximum potential. To this end, it is not the intention of the Foundation to reinvent or duplicate any existing efforts to achieve this mission, rather, our goal is to support and strengthen existing means to improve the local educational system with a focus on the motivation of the students. As advocates of children in partnership with schools, parents, community and businesses, we support the educational process with time and resources to promote student success."


Anniston City School Seniors Receive Support for Teachers Project 

The Public Education Foundation of Anniston (PEFA) has received two grants from the Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama.  A grant from the Foothills Community Partnership Fund will support the Kevin Thompson Teachers Project at Anniston High School which encourages students to pursue a degree in education. Kevin Thompson was a teacher at Walter Wellborn Elementary and was admired by his students and faculty members.   In addition, a grant from the City of Anniston Competitive Grant Fund will support the daily operations and programs of the Public Education Foundation of Anniston.  Together the grants total $70,200. 

Alabama Power Grant Supports Future Teachers in Kevin Thompson Teachers Project


A child’s learning is a blend of experiences in the school, home and community. Realizing this fact, an active partnership has been created between Anniston City Schools and the Next Start Program. The dedicated efforts of educators, parents, and citizens will encourage a strong learning support system.

The goals of the program are designed to:

  • To promote learning and strengthen student academic achievement
  • Expand student’s learning opportunities
  • Increase student’s marketable skills and awareness
  • To provide educators with support and assistance
  • Promote self-esteem, pride and partnership among students, schools and community
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