PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Several teachers in Jackson County will soon have some extra cash to help teach reading, writing and arithmetic to their students. The Pascagoula Rotary Club held its annual golf tournament Saturday to raise money for that good cause.
Having that perfect swing is important to any golfer, especially for Kathy and Dustin Thomas. In fact, they were so focused the heat and humidity couldn't distract them.
"I play in it all the time, so I am use to it," Kathy said.
The husband and wife team, along with many other South Mississippians, took to the greens at Shell Landing in Gautier to compete for a worthy cause; education and teachers.
"They handle our future every day. They need as much help as they can," Dustin said.
The Pascagoula Rotary Club sponsored the golf fundraiser. Organizers said they are raising money to hand out teacher grants.
"The teacher grants are so important, because it is a very competitive process where we have teachers in the Pascagoula School system. They submit applications and request funds for different projects and programs. These are special things they have beyond their curriculum," Rotary Club President Joe Huffman said.
Thanks to the rotary club putting on events like this, several local educators have been able to score big when it comes to getting that extra cash for their classrooms. Still, there is a big need.
"We have been able to fund several $8,000 worth of funding per year, but every year, we have had to turn down applications. If we can raise enough money through the golf tournament and the sponsorships for the golf tournament, we can do more in schools," said Huffman.
The Rotarians said the more folks they can get to invest in education, the better for future generations.
"I think education is our number one priority. It has to be," Kathy said.
The Pascagoula Rotary Club also hands out scholarships to deserving high school seniors in the city each year.