Area schools involved in grant competition


Fifty-two Alabama high schools, including Gadsden City, Gaston and Etowah, advanced to the voting round of the Alabama Power Foundation’s Power To Play grant competition. Power To Play focuses on helping expand student access to high school athletic programs.

Beginning this week, the 52 schools will be showcased on the Power To Play website at A link can also be found on the Alabama Power Foundation’s website at Visitors to the Power To Play site can read short descriptions of how each school hopes to use Power To Play funds and then vote for their favorite applicants.

Supporters can vote once per day now through Nov. 15. Voters must be at least 13 years old. Grant recipients will be announced Nov. 23.

Grants will be distributed across Alabama Power’s six territorial divisions, so applicants only compete with schools in their geographical area. Schools must obtain a minimum of 250 votes to be eligible for a grant.

“It is exciting to see a community rally around a good cause,” said Alabama Power Foundation president John Hudson. “Power To Play gives communities all across the state the opportunity to do just that, to get out and show their support for something that is important to their kids. That’s a powerful thing.”

To vote for your favorite Power To Play finalist or to learn more about the program, visit You can also get to know some of the finalists on social media by liking Power To Play on Facebook, following PowerToPlay on Instagram or Twitter or searching the program’s hashtag: #PowerToPlayAL.

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