Without speaking a word, he promptly pulled out his wallet and extracted a $10 bill from it and laid it on the table.
“This is my first contribution and my $10 looks mighty lonely up here,” he said.
“Let’s give it some company.”
This dramatic presentation was the focal point of the inaugural ceremony for Clayton County Public Schools Team $10 and Million Dollar Scholarship Club Program, which kicked off July 17.
Immediately after Heatley spoke, Clayton County School Board member Jessie Goree and Clayton County Commission Chairman Eldrin Bell laid their $10 contributions to the program on top of Heatley’s, causing the more than 50 Clayton County Public School officials to break into cheers.
According to Heatley, this was the kick-off drive to announce the school district’s two new signature fundraising programs for the 2012-2013 school year.
Goree said the scholarship program would be of exceptional value to Clayton graduates.
“We want to increase our graduation rate and help our students get into college,” she said.
“Clayton County is always looking to attract businesses and, in order to have economic development in our county, we must have a solid educational workforce in place and programs to facilitate our students in every way possible.”
Also attending were Clayton County Public School Human Resources Director Douglas Hendrix, Ed.D., as well as Chato Hendrix, lead counselor for the Clayton County School District and Alicia Dunn, coordinator of Clayton County Public Schools Department of Guidance and Counseling, the department spearheading the scholarship campaign.
In contributing his $10, Bell said the education of Clayton youngsters, is one of his most important issues.
“Quality education in Clayton County not only means so much to our children, it means so much to Clayton County in many different areas,” he said.