Club hands out donations, hears from Walker High officials
by Daniel Gaddy
Aug 24, 2010 | 1750 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Walker football coach John Holladay speaks to quarterback Max Young during a game last season. Holladay spoke to the Kiwanis Club of Jasper at its weekly meeting Monday. (Photo by: Johnathan Bentley)
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During its meeting Monday afternoon, the Kiwanis Club of Jasper presented donations to several community organizations and heard from administrators of Walker High School about the new school year.

Organizations receiving donations included Valley School's preschool program, the Arc of Walker County's infant enrichment program, the Department of Human Resources' foster care division, the Salvation Army and Daybreak, a local domestic violence resource center.

Each of the representatives from the service organizations praised the club for its dedication to the community.

"You all are one of our main contributors," said Carla Hall, a preschool teacher with Valley School. "This is going to go a long way."

Walker High School Principal Jeremy Crigger also spoke to the club about the school faculty's goals for the year. He said their chief objective is to increase reading proficiency among the students. The faculty will hold weekly meetings to discuss strategies for improvements, he said.

Crigger added the school was recently approved for a $13,000 grant to purchase iPods for classroom instruction. He said the grant will allow the students to gain a familiarity with the type of technology needed to succeed in the future.

"We want to see them blossom in that and utilize that," he said.

Crigger also said the school's classroom schedule will now have a 10-minute period added in which students can get additional academic help. This new period benefits students who ride buses or have extracurricular activities that keep them from seeking help after class, he said.

Crigger said another goal of Walker's faculty is to increase student participation in school clubs and organizations. Walker High this year will begin a rush week, similar to those of college fraternities, for the clubs to recruit members, he said.

Walker High School football coach John Holladay also spoke to the club about the new school year. He said there are 72 players in this year's varsity team. Twenty-three varsity players are seniors who Holladay has trained since he began at Walker High four years ago, he said.

"This is a tight-knit group and a real classy group," he said.

Holladay told Kiwanis members the first few games of the schedule look to be the most challenging of the season, where Walker will play opponents like Cullman High School.

"This is a brutal front end of the schedule," he said.

Walker High School Athletics Director Jimmie Alexander briefly spoke to the club and said he hopes every game of the season will have the same turnout as Walker's game against Cordova last week.