Here is a short video outlining the seven year journey of SNAP – The John Mark Stallings Special Needs Accessible Playground of Morgan County project summary.
$500 donation by Decatur Morgan Hospital Volunteers presented to Bob Francis, SNAP Project Manager, by Kathy Goodwin, DMH Coordinator Community Services and Tom Guyton, Volunteer DMH for The John Mark Stallings Special Needs Accessible Playground of Morgan County (SNAP).
Bob Francis recently received a plaque of appreciation from the SNAP organization for his dedication to The John Mark Stallings Special Needs Accessible Playground of Morgan County. Here are his words of appreciation: SNAP Committee: I am humbled and extremely honored to have received the plaque of appreciation from the SNAP organization, last week. This [...]
Here is an updated rendering of the SNAP Master Plan 2013-12-15 for The John Mark Stallings Special Needs Accessible Playground of Morgan County, Hartselle, Alabama:
$2,000 Grant to SNAP from Venturi Brighter Day Employee Fund December 6, 2013 Laverne Foster and Bob Francis accept a $2,000 grant from Brighter Day members Derek Johns, left, and Roderick Jackson and Tom Mason, far right. The Venturi Brighter Day Employee Fund has now contributed three grants to SNAP, totaling $9,500. The first $5,000 [...]
The John Mark Stallings Special Needs Accessible Playground of Morgan County (SNAP) would like to take this opportunity to thank these wonderful donors. With the generosity of corporations, civic organizations and individuals like you and me, this project has been possible. THANK YOU! There is still much work to do. Phase 3 is in [...]
Finished this week, the evergreens and crepe myrtles are the results of efforts by Senator Arthur Orr, with earthwork manpower by the crew of Hannah’s Lawn and Landscape Service. Great job, guys! The results of your efforts will be enjoyed by many people, now and for years to come. Jack Templeton
Teaming Up for SNAP Hartselle Parks and Recreation Employees planned, organized and managed a one-pitch softball tournament benefiting the John Mark Stallings Special Needs Accessible Playground (SNAP). Modern Woodmen of America pledged to match the money raised by the tournament. The tournament netted $1,512.50, which Modern Woodmen matched, for a total donation of $3,025.00. Shown [...]
Elks Give SNAP a Big Boost Now and in the Future Johnny Smith, right, Exalted Ruler of BPOE Lodge 655 in Decatur, presents a check to Jack Templeton, Chairman, SNAP Fundraising for The John Mark Stallings Special Needs Accessible Playground of Morgan County. This $1,500 donation comes with a unique pledge by the Elks to [...]
SNAP: Community Cooperation Has Big Results for Hartselle An ambitious concept that began with a group of civic-minded community leaders in 2006 is nearing completion. The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the entryway to the John Mark Stallings Special Needs Accessible Playground of Morgan County (SNAP) was held in May, leaving one final section to be completed, [...]
SNAP Ribbon Cutting Ceremony & Splash Pad Opening Day 2013 Video The John Mark Stallings Special Needs Accessible Playground of Morgan County (SNAP) located on Nanceford Road, Hartselle, Alabama celebrated its’ construction completion of the Grand Entryway and Playground A which is Phase 3a of the final phase of this playground fundraising and construction with [...]
Stacey and Heather and Jacob, all of Parks and Recreation, were busy keeping the kids busy. Byron Faulkner was keeping the equipment functioning to the delight of dozens of happy children. As Bob Francis and I were leaving, a group of approximately 20 children from Arab was arriving. Byron said that the normal daily crowd is [...]
SNAP Playground B in Perspective Below are two photos showing the results of the entire SNAP project, so far. Each has an inset to show what the final section might contain and where it will be located. Some recipients of this message have seen them as PowerPoint slides, but for those without PowerPoint, I’ve included them here as jpeg files. [...]
The Great Escape Super Sprint Triathlon 2013 The Great Escape Super Sprint Triathlon 2013 was held in Hartselle, Alabama on Saturday, June 1, 2013 sponsored by the Decatur Triathlon Club. Brief Description Great Beginner Triathlon in Beautiful Hartselle, Alabama located at the Newly Renovated Hartselle Aquatic Center. This Triathlon supports SNAP (Special Needs Accessible [...]
Immediately prior to SNAP’s ribbon cutting and 2013 grand opening, Daystar Church volunteers returned once more to perform landscape maintenance at the SNAP complex. For a second time, the first in 2011, volunteers weeded, trimmed and freshly mulched all landscaped areas, as one of the church’s “Serve Projects.” Pictured in the photo above are L [...]
SNAP Opens for Summer 2013 Courier Journal Article S.N.A.P. open for summer First portion of play area showcased in ceremony Jennifer R. Hill email@example.com Twins, Conner and Carson Lovelady, 10, and Hailee Suggs, 6, play on the Sway Fun Glider at the S.N.A.P. playground. The John Mark Stallings Special Need Accessible Playground of Morgan County [...]
SNAP Cuts Ribbon on New Addition Hartselle Enquirer Article Published 11:57am Wednesday, May 29, 2013 Laverne Foster sees what the John Mark Stallings Special Needs Accessible Playground of Morgan County means to her granddaughter, Jordan Thomas. “This is a dream come true,” Foster said when she found out about SNAP. “We need more people [...]
Here are some photos of today’s exciting ribbon-cutting for the grand opening of the main entrance, playground A, and the seasonal opening of the Splashpad. Multiple newspaper representatives were there. Dona Bonnett was there, making videos and lots of photos, with the help of Harrison, her grandson/assistant. Expect updates to www.snapplayround.org, soon. Jack Templeton
SNAP set to dedicate new entryway, playground Published 1:03 pm Monday, May 20, 2013 Joy Harris Hartselle Enquirer The John Mark Stallings Special Needs Accessible Playground of Morgan County (SNAP) recently added a $56,569 entryway to the existing swing area, splash pad and pavilion. A ribbon cutting and opening day ceremony will be held Sat., [...]
SNAP Entryway at Night Entryway for The John Mark Stallings Special Needs Accessible Playground (SNAP) which has just been completed (May, 2013) and is part of the Phase 3 playground project. Photo courtesy of Ferrell Vest
GIVING TO SNAP FOR BIRTHDAY: Jordan Hale celebrated her 12th birthday in a different way than most sixth graders. Instead of asking her friends to bring gifts, she asked her friends to donate at least $5 to the John Mark Stallings Special Needs Accessible Playground. Bob Francis, project manager for the park, was on hand [...]
Ribbon Cutting & Opening Day Invitation for Saturday, May 25, 2013 Ribbon Cutting & SNAP Opening Day Invitation 2013 We have been VERY BUSY, and we are almost ready. We want YOU to Come & See what we’ve been doing! The John Mark Stallings Special Needs Accessible Playground of Morgan County (SNAP) Invites you to [...]
First phase of SNAP playground area nears completion Posted By Brent Maze On April 8, 2013 (12:33 pm) In Hartselle, Morgan Countian, News, News, NEWS — FEATURE SPOT, News Main, RSS Facebook, RSS Twitter – Mark Edmondson helps install the Sway Fun Glider Saturday at he John Mark Stallings Special [...]
GE volunteers help construct first phase of SNAP playground Article & Photo By Jennifer R. Hill firstname.lastname@example.org Hartselle Courier Journal/ Jennifer R. Hill GE volunteer team Daniel Liden, Rizwan Syed, Kevin Terry, Christopher Powers, Kim Terry, and Jayde Terry are shown in front of the Sway Fun Glider. GE volunteers not pictured included Dean [...]
Special Olympics 2013 Here are some photos from this year’s Special Olympics at Ogle Stadium:
Sheriff gives SNAP big donation Posted By Brent Maze On April 9, 2013 (3:15 pm) In Hartselle, Lifestyles, News, NEWS — FEATURE SPOT, RSS Facebook, RSS Twitter Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin, left, donated $2,500 to the John Mark Stallings Special Needs Accessible Playground in Hartselle. Accepting the donation is Bob Francis, center, project manager [...]
SNAP Work Day Saturday, April 6th, SNAP had a community build day for increment one of the final phase- here are some pphotos. GE volunteers helped, along with several others.
There were probably 1,000 kids attending the Morgan County Special Needs Rodeo this year. They loved the face painting, cotton candy, and special pony rides. Here are some photos from the event. It is so amazing to see how everyone is growing up. Jordan, Larry, Clara and Conner have really grown. Jordan is now 10 [...]
SNAP – Significant Additions in 2013 The John Mark Stallings Special Needs Accessible Playground (SNAP) plan significant additions in 2013. Here is a snapshot of the addons:
SNAP – A Dream Coming True The John Mark Stallings Special Needs Accessible Playground – SNAP – is a dream coming true. Here is another snapshot of our progress report by early 2013.
SNAP Project Nearing Completion – Decatur Daily Article 02-25-2013 Work continues Friday on the SNAP playground in Hartselle behind the Sparkman Civic Center. Bob Frances continues his fund raising efforts to complete the final stages of work on the playground. Click on Photo to see full article and all photos.
Here are some more photos of the cupola construction at The John Mark Stallings Special Needs Accessible Playground of Morgan County: Photos courtesy of Jack Templeton
Genesis Construction provided a crane and crew to hoist the cupola atop the Entryway today. The Genesis crew also continued to install the roofing today. The cupola was attached to the entryway structure by members of the staff at Hartselle Park and Recreation. SNAP would not be possible were it not for in-kind services [...]
SNAP Receives $2500 from State Farm Insurance Presenting the check to SNAP Project Manager, Bob Francis are L to R, retired State Farm agent Charles Howse and his successor Michael Holifield. Charles is a charter member of the SNAP volunteer organization, and Michael sponsored the grant application.
$1,250 was the total amount raised for The John Mark Stallings SNAP of Morgan County with the beautiful quilts made and donated by Mary Ann Howse. The winning tickets were drawn just prior to the Dec. 13th Hartselle Christmas Parade. A child from the audience did the drawing and the winners are: Auburn lap quilt [...]
Almost time SNAP entry way nears completion By Jennifer R. Hill email@example.com Hartselle Courier Journal/ Jennifer R. Hill Byron Faulkner, Assistant Director of Hartselle Parks and Recreation, shows one of the clocks that will go into the cupola on top of the SNAP entry way. The cupola will have two back lit clock faces with [...]
More Photos – SNAP Grand Entrance Construction Here’s what she looks like, at this point. The first photo was taken on 11/08/2012. All others were taken on Thanksgiving Day, 11/22/2012. Jack Photos Courtesy of Jack Templeton [...]
SNAP Fans: After a long, hot summer of fun at the Splash Pad, cooler weather has arrived and the water has been turned off! That means that construction of the Grand Entrance can go forward to completion. Shown here are photos taken today. I’ll update with more photos, as days go by, and indicate the names of some [...]
Mary Anne Howse and I made $362. in quilt ticket funds and donations on Friday – 4 hours at the Hartselle Civic Center inside yard sale and 5 hours in front of Wal Mart yesterday! Best of all, was yesterday! Young Carsen Lovelady helped us and you should have seen him asking people to buy [...]
Triathlon donates $1200 to SNAP – photo coming soon!
October 7, 2012 CONTACT: Bob Francis, Project Manager - 256-227-3483 PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NAIFA-Tennessee Valley Presents SNAP with Check from Annual Charity Golf Tournament The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) -Tennessee Valley chapter presented a check for $4,500 to representatives of the John Mark Stallings Special Needs Accessible Playground [...]
The SNAP booth at yesterday’s Depot Day was a good one….. and special thanks to everyone that helped make it that. We sold 46 tickets for our quilt raffle, @ $5.00 each, which is a very good start. The beautiful quilt was made and donated to SNAP by Mary Ann Howse, along with AL. and Auburn [...]
Mary Ann Howse has donated a beautiful queen-size quilt to SNAP and the SNAP organization is currently selling tickets to win. A special thank you to Mary Ann Howse and also ACE Auto Body as ticket sponsor. Tickets are $5 each and you can purchase by contacting any member of the SNAP Committee or call [...]
Quilt donated to raise money for SNAP Posted By Clif Knight On September 6, 2012 (11:20 am) In Hartselle, Lifestyles, News, NEWS — FEATURE SPOT, PICTURE FLIPPER, RSS Facebook, RSS General, RSS Twitter This hand-appliquéd quilt “Home Is Where the Heart Is,” has been donated by Mary Ann Howse, right, as a fundraiser for the [...]
BREAKING NEWS For Immediate Release: August 10, 2012 PEOPLES BANK OF ALABAMA AWARDS OVER $50,000 TO LOCAL CHARITIES CULLMAN, AL – PEOPLES BANK OF ALABAMA celebrated the close of their “2012 GIVING BACK” FACEBOOK CHARITY DRIVE last night at the Burrow Center Auditorium of Wallace State Community College. PEOPLES BANK launched the drive on July [...]
GE Volunteers raise funds and donate labor to help build an $800,000 plus special needs playground in Northern Alabama
SNAP Project Offers Fun, Development For Children Squeals of delight, giggles, deep belly laughs, and lots of smiles from children and their adult caretakers. That’s what you’ll see and hear at the John Mark Stallings Special Needs Accessible Playground (SNAP), located in Hartselle, Alabama, about 20 miles from GE’s Decatur, Alabama Appliances plant. In addition [...]
NAIFA – TENNESSEE VALLEY is organizing another (the third) golf tournament to benefit SNAP to be held August 13, 2012. See attached flyer for details. NAIFA has been a consistent supporter of SNAP by donations from NAIFA and by organizing benefiting golf tournaments. NAIFA_Golf_Flyer_2012
SNAP will not be having a splash pad party Thursday, July 12, 2012 due to weather. Parties will resume next Thursday at 2PM with a Luau theme. Parties are Thursdays in July at 2pm. Games are played, prizes are awarded and refreshments are served to all the children. There is no fee or registration for [...]
The estate of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Floyd Stephenson of Tuscumbia, Alabama recently donated $802.39 to the final phase of the John Mark Stallings Special Needs Accessible Playground of Morgan County (SNAP) in Hartselle. That amount was acquired from the sale of metal for recycling from the Stephenson’s former residence in Florence. The presentation was made [...]
SNAP Main Entrance in Progress (June 2012)
The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Decatur,AL. held it’s annual Sheriff’s Rodeo in March, 2012- it kicked off the event with annual Special Needs Rodeo for all Morgan County special needs children. Approximately 600 children attended – buses arrived from all city and county schools that morning around 9:00 a.m.- as each child got off their [...]
SNAP to open Saturday Posted By Brent Maze On May 18, 2012 (12:49 pm) In Hartselle, Morgan Countian, Morgan County, News, News, NEWS — FEATURE SPOT, PICTURE FLIPPER, RSS Facebook, RSS General, RSS Twitter New park benches were installed at the SNAP splash pad this winter, including this one which gives a view of the [...]
I had interviews last week, relative to the legalization issue, with Channels WHNT/19 and WAAY/31 and chose the civic center for the interviews. This conveniently allowed me to show the reporters the playground and provide them with SNAP Powerpoints and other material. WHNT indicated they want to do a special report on SNAP in about two weeks. The link [...]
Pilot Club of Decatur Donates $1,000 to SNAP At the regular dinner meeting of the Pilot Club of Decatur in April, Nancy Watts, Project Chairperson, presents a $1,000 donation to SNAP. Receiving the check are Bob Francis, SNAP Project Manager, and Jack Templeton, SNAP Fundraising Chairman. Last year, members of the Pilot [...]
Hi SNAP Volunteers, Your friend, Bob Francis, has recommended this article entitled ‘SNAP entryway under construction’ to you. Here is his/her remarks: Exciting time for SNAP. SNAP entryway under construction Posted By Clif Knight On March 14, 2012 (11:47 am) In Hartselle, News, View Article & Photo
Huntsville Times Article – January 20, 2012 Morgan County’s Special Needs Splash Pad named ‘Best of Aquatics’ facility in nation Please click on link to see article: http://blog.al.com/breaking/2012/01/morgan_countys_special_needs_s.html
January 18, 2012 CONTACT: Bob Francis Project Manager 256-227-3483 PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SNAP Playground Receives Prestigious Award – 2011 Best of Aquatics Hartselle, Alabama – The “John Mark Stallings Special Needs Accessible Playground (SNAP) of Morgan County” Splash Pad has been recognized by Aquatics International magazine as a “Best of [...]
The annual Morgan County Alabama Sheriff’s Rodeo kicks off on March 29th, 2012 with the “Special Needs Rodeo”. This special day allows all City and Morgan County special needs kids a day off from school – they will enjoy fun, food & games, along with hay rides, face painting and, of course, a preview of [...]
Hartselle Courier Journal, dated January 4, 2012 By Jennifer R. Hill Jennifer.Hill@hartsellecourierjournal.com The John Mark Stallings Special Needs Accessible Playground is entering the third and final phase of construction. Phase three will be built in two increments, first, the entry way under construction now, and lastly, the main playground area projected to be finished by [...]
More Photos from Randy Vest and District 2 volunteer efforts as they remain steadfast in helping to complete SNAP and have performed $7,400 in-kind work to this point. THANK YOU! December 16, 2011 Photos provided by Jack Templeton
Randy Vest and District 2 remain steadfast in helping to complete SNAP and have performed $7,400 in-kind work to this point. THANK YOU! December 16, 2011 Photos provided by Jack Templeton
Pictured are Daystar Church Members who performed landscape maintenance at the SNAP Complex on November 12, 2011. The church volunteered this service to SNAP as one of its “Serve Projects”. Existing landscape features and lawns were weeded and trimmed, and all bordering landscaped areas were freshened with new mulch. The overall result of their work [...]
More photos from Daystar Church Volunteers on SNAP landscaping.August 12, 2011Photos provided by Jack Templeton
Daystar Church Volunteers provide landscaping for SNAP! August 12, 2011Photos provided by Jack Templeton
Lowe`s recently completed an increment of the SNAP complex perimeter landscaping. Store Manager Lee Rogers approached the SNAP organization last summer, offering to donate a $1200 grant for landscape items and labor to install, as a Lowe`s Heroes project. Work was completed on November 11, 2011 at a total value of $2,000 for materials [...]
Lowe’s recently completed an increment of the SNAP Complex perimeter landscaping. Store Manager, Lee Rogers, approached the SNAP organization last summer offering to donate a $1200 grant for landscape items and labor to install, as a Lowe’s Project. The work was completed on November 11, 2011, a total value of $2000 of materials and labor. [...]
Landscaping completed by Lowe’s Heros November 18, 2011 Photos provided by Jack Templeton
More photos of Lowe’s SNAP Heros November 17, 2011 Photos provided by Amanda Lambert, Lowe’s Hartselle
Here are more photos of Lowe’s SNAP HerosNovember 17, 2011Photos provided by Amanda Lambert, Lowe’s Hartselle
Lowe’s SNAP HerosNovember 17, 2011Photos provided by Amanda Lambert, Lowe’s Hartselle
Charlie Gandy, Vice President, NAIFA, presents a $3500 check for the John Mark Stallings Special Needs Accessible Playground of Morgan County (SNAP) to Bob Francis, Project Manager. The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) – Tennessee Valley has contributed annually to SNAP since the project began in 2007 & NAIFA has donated a [...]
Here is more information about the NAIFA Tennessee Valley Golf Tournament coming up on October 3, 2011, at Burningtree Country Club – proceeds to benefit The John Mark Stallings SNAP of Morgan County. For tickets and information, please contact the Hartselle Area Chamber of Commerce at 256.773.4370.
Sign up to play today so a child can play tomorrow! NAIFA Tennessee Valley Golf Tournament coming up on October 3, 2011, at Burningtree Country Club – proceeds to benefit The John Mark Stallings SNAP of Morgan County. For tickets and information, please contact the Hartselle Area Chamber of Commerce at 256.773.4370.