Connecting Business and Education

Initiated in 1985, the Adopt-A-School program is an effective grassroots partnership between education and the business and private sectors of Tuscaloosa County. The purpose of the program is to utilize the vast amounts of human resources and talents of the business community to strengthen, enhance, and enrich the quality of education in our 55 public schools of the Tuscaloosa City and Tuscaloosa County School systems.

A joint partnership between The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama and the Tuscaloosa City and Tuscaloosa County School Systems, the program has created an effective working relationship between the business and industrial community and the local school systems and has become an expected part of our community's educational fabric connecting business and education. Businesses and organizations may choose to participate in the program as an ADOPTER by partnering with a specific school, by sponsoring the overall program financially as a SUSTAINER, or by supporting the annual Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa Adopt-A-School Golf Tournament.

Why Have An Adopt-A-School Program?

Why Have An Adopt-A-School Program?

A strong public school system is basic to the health and growth of a community. Quality schools attract people to live in the area. The Adopt-A-School program strengthens and improves our schools, creates a climate of involvement and interaction between businesses and schools and involves the community in preparing for its own economic future. We are growing our own workforce. The successful business-education partnership program proves that corporate America and our school systems can work cooperatively to make a positive impact in our community. The businesses involved get a great experience being part of the program plus returns on the investment, including important exposure.

What do Adopters Do?

Adopt-A-School partners set realistic goals that are agreeable to all involved. The overall objectives of the partnership are flexible in order to utilize the resources of the adopter to meet the needs of the school, and each partnership is uniquely designed to bring about positive outcomes for all those involved.

Adopters initiate activities that encourage students and enrich their educational experiences. While developing strong person-to-person relationships, Adopt-A-School partners engage in a variety of projects in some of the following categories:

  • Academic Enrichment/Career Awareness: Provide readers for classes; host job shadowing opportunities; conduct interview skills workshops; participate in career days; provide newspapers for classroom instruction; serve as resource speakers or tutors
  • Student Incentives/Motivation: sponsor awards for bringing up grades, most improved student, perfect attendance; sponsor academic awards banquet, citizenship projects, students of the month; be a mentor for a student
  • Cultural Enrichment: develop or sponsor arts festivals; sponsor visits by performing artists; provide scholarships to local cultural events
  • Improving School Environment: donate equipment; assist with landscaping; participate in clean up days or beautification projects at school
  • Faculty Support and Recognition: assist with classes in cafeteria during lunch; host a "Welcome Back" reception for teachers; award mini-grants for teachers or departments; recognize teachers during American Education Week or Teacher Appreciation Week
  • Community Involvement: recycle phone books, newspaper, cans, soup labels; provide assistance for school in transporting recycled products; assist families in need; supplement clothes closet for school; furnish school supplies

What Are The Benefits?

What Are The Benefits?

An Adopt-A-School investment yields high returns to...

The Company and Its Employees

  • Well-educated students that become a qualified workforce
  • Positive exposure to customer base
  • Quality educational services that benefit families of employees
  • Increased student understanding of private enterprise system
  • Better knowledge of public education systems in Tuscaloosa
  • Personal satisfaction from participation in volunteer services
  • Networking with other businesses participating in the program

The Community

  • Strong school system
  • Literate citizenry
  • Well-prepared work force
  • Residential and business expansion
  • Improved tax base as new business is attracted
  • Increased civic cooperation

What Is Required To Become An Adopter?

What Is Required To Become An Adopter?

Adopt-A-School is the commitment of time, energy, and expertise of a business or organization to an individual school. The overall objectives of each partnership are flexible and the relationships grow and flourish through a climate of active involvement and interaction between the school and the adopter.

The following criteria are minimum standards for any business or organization serving as an adopter to a school:

  • Adopters must be Chamber of Commerce members with membership being maintained throughout the partnership.
  • The adopter will appoint a coordinator and committee to meet with the school to plan and implement partnership activities and projects.
  • The adopter and school will interact on a regular basis during the school year.
  • The adopter will submit an End-of-year Report to the program director.
  • The adopter will send a rep to the annual Adopt-A-School Kickoff event (optional district-wide coordinator meetings are held at the Chamber office during the school year).

The Schools and Their Students

  • Heightened motivation for learning
  • Enriched curriculum experience
  • Increased career awareness
  • Better understanding of private enterprise system
  • Improved preparation for world of work
  • Firsthand experience with models of success
  • Direct interaction with adults from community
  • Enhanced understanding of larger community on-the-job opportunities

Current Adopters

THANKS to the following organizations for serving as a partner with one or more public schools in the
Tuscaloosa City and County School Systems, and *Hale County High School.

  • Alabama Credit Union (2 schools)
  • Alabama ONE (2 schools)
  • Alabama Power Company
  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
  • ARD Logistics-Alabama, LLC
  • Arts & Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa
  • Award Company of America
  • Bailey's Tiger-Rock Martial Arts (3 schools)
  • BankFirst
  • BFGoodrich Tire Manufacturing
  • Bolta US
  • Bryant Bank
  • Cadence Bank, N.A
  • Capital Real Estate
  • Chick-fil-A at Midtown
  • Chick-fil-A at Northport (2 schools)
  • Chick-fil-A at Tuscaloosa South (2 schools)
  • DCH Regional Medical Center
  • Discovering AL, UA Museum of Natural History
  • Edward Jones - Shabaka McKey
  • Embassy Suites Downtown Tuscaloosa
  • First Federal Bank
  • Habitat for Humanity of Tuscaloosa
  • Harrison Construction Company, Inc.
  • Healing the World with the Word Ministries
  • Hudson-Poole Fine Jewelers
  • Hunt Refining Company
  • JacQuan Winters, Realtor - Carrie Fitts Real Estate
  • Jalapeños Mexican Grill
  • Junior League of Tuscaloosa
  • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Tusc. Alumni Chapter
  • Kappa Alpha Psi, Northport Alumni Chapter
  • Kristen Amerson Youth Foundation
  • *The Lance Hocutt Financial Group
  • Leadership Tuscaloosa Alumni Association
  • Lear Corporation
  • The Legacy Connection
  • Mathnasium of Tuscaloosa (2 schools)
  • McAbee Construction, Inc. (2 schools)
  • Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc. (3 schools)
  • Milo's Hamburgers (2 schools)
  • Motherson, SMP Automotive Systems Alabama Inc.
  • Northport Funeral & Cremation Service
  • Northport Medical Center
  • North River Church
  • NorthRiver Yacht Club
  • Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa, Inc.
  • Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
  • ONIN Staffing
  • Parker Towing Company
  • PELA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.
  • Perfect Shine, Inc.
  • Phifer Incorporated
  • Powell Enterprises
  • The Radiology Clinic
  • Raymond James & Associates
  • Red Oak Credit Union
  • Regions Bank
  • RiverFall Credit Union
  • Riverview Orthodontics
  • Rotary Club of Tuscaloosa
  • *Shelton State Community College (4 schools)
  • SmartBank
  • Smile Doctors of Tuscaloosa
  • Southland Benefit Solutions, LLC
  • Southland Transportation Group
  • Spiller Furniture & Mattress
  • SSAB Wear Solutions
  • Stillman College (2 schools)
  • Synovus
  • Thompson Tractor Company, Inc.
  • Tiger Rock Martial Arts, Northport
  • Triad Property Management
  • TTL, Inc.
  • Tuscaloosa Coca-Cola Bottling Company
  • Tuscaloosa County Medical Alliance
  • Tuscaloosa Music Club
  • *Tuscaloosa SAFE Center
  • United Cerebral Palsy of West Alabama
  • The University of Alabama
  • College of Community Health Sciences (2 schools)
  • Vulcan Materials Company
  • Walmart Neighborhood Market - Northport
  • Walmart Neighborhood Market - Tuscaloosa
  • Walmart Skyland #0715
  • Warrior Met Coal (3 schools)
  • The Westervelt Company
  • *Whatley Health Services
  • Woodforest National Bank, Northport
  • Young Tuscaloosa
  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Tuscaloosa
  • ZF Chassis Systems, LLC (2 schools)

Annual Report

Coordinator Form

2021 Adopt-A-School Sustainers

While Adopters are paired with a specific school and give support through donated time, expertise, and financial commitments, Sustainers provide the financial support for the overall program. The financial support is necessary for the coordination and administrative function of the entire program, allowing the program to:

  • Provide coordinator workshops teaching our partners how to get the most out of their partnerships
  • Maintain training manuals and educational materials to support partnerships
  • Provide Adopt-A-School Annual Report - a recruitment publication summarizing partnership activities
  • Provide administrative support to the Adopt-A-School program through recruitment and training of new business partners for schools.
  • Coordinate workforce development educational opportunities for school counselors and teachers

Corporate Level Sustainer

Teacher Level Sustainers

Red Oak Credit Union
Russell S. Lee Flooring America 
West Alabama Pediatrics

Mentor Level Sustainers

Lanier Automotive
Parker Towing Company, Inc.
Robertson Banking Company
StressCrete, Inc.

Adopt-A-School Spotlight Sponsors

Great Day Tuscaloosa ~ WJRD 1150 AM & 102.1 FM/ROCK 106.9/The Blessing 96.1 ~ WVUA TV

Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa Adopt-A-School Golf Tournament

Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa Adopt-A-School Golf Tournament

Each fall area golfers hit the greens to support the Adopt-A-School program. Held at the Ol' Colony Golf Course, the four-man scramble tournament offers an opportunity for golfers and area businesses to provide financial support for the Adopt-A-School program and direct financial support for area schools. Each golfer designates a public school of his/her choice to help the schools qualify for cash prizes. Additionally, a variety of tournament sponsorships are available.

Carolyn Tubbs
Director of Education Programs
(205) 391-0556 | carolyn@westalabamachamber.com