Thanks to ALL Contributors, SNAP is Approaching Completion! Extreme care has been taken to accurately record donor names and amounts during the past eight years. This is published for public review as a final check for accuracy and inclusiveness of donors who are to be recognized on a permanent display at the John Mark Stallings [...]
SNAP – The John Mark Stallings Special Needs Accessible Playground of Morgan County in Hartselle, Alabama Fulfilling Dreams 2006-2015!
Hartselle Courier Journal Article March 2015 highlighting the John Mark Stallings Special Needs Accessible Playground of Morgan County (SNAP): Also, here is a direct link to the article: http://tnvalleynow.com/stories/SNAP-eyes-summer-completionfor-final-play-area-section,132154
SNAP, the John Mark Stallings Special Needs Playground of Morgan County, now in site preparation for the final-phase main playground receives a big boost from the Town of Falkville. Councilman Ken Winkles is shown presenting the check to SNAP committee members, Jack Templeton and Bob Francis. Looking on is Don Stisher, District 3 County Commissioner. [...]
Following article appeared in the Hartselle Enquirer on January 28, 2015. Credit article and photograph to the Enquirer by Clif Knight. Concrete goes down in SNAP playground Clif Knight Hartselle Enquirer The John Mark Stallings Special Needs Accessible Playground (SNAP) of Morgan County is moving forward in its final construction phase. Turrentine Construction workers were [...]
Clause for a Cause – Invite Santa in for pictures while supporting SNAP – The John Mark Stallings Special Needs Accessible Playground of Morgan County in Hartselle, Alabama. Call 256.773.4370 for more information.
Here are photos from today’s construction at The John Mark Stallings Special Needs Accessible Playground of Morgan County in Hartselle. The sun was a bit low, so I just squinted and clicked. Jack Photos Courtesy of Jack Templeton
The John Mark Stallings Special Needs Accessible Playground of Morgan County (SNAP) was highlighted in the October 2014 issue of the Rotary publication “Light Up Rotary” on the second page of the publication with a great snapshot of the SNAP project. SNAP is District 6860′s “Project in the Spotlight.” Read full Rotary Publication
Here are framework photos from October 30th construction for The John Mark Stallings Special Needs Accessible Playground of Morgan County: Photos Courtesy of Jack Templeton
On October 14, 2014, Rotary District 6860 Governor Jerry Shepherd presented a $2,600 grant check to the Hartselle Rotary Club for SNAP – The John Mark Stallings Special Needs Playground of Morgan County. District 6860 has awarded eight consecutive annual grants, totaling $24,615, to the club for SNAP. These grants combined with club contributions have [...]
Construction for The John Mark Stallings Special Needs Accessible Playground of Morgan County SNAP Ramp begins. Some of the earthwork has been completed, and forming for the concrete ramp has begun. I’ll take photo, every once in a while, so you can see the progress. Jack Here are photos of the preliminary construction. Photos Courtesy [...]
Here is the SNAP Article about The John Mark Stallings Special Needs Accessible Playground of Morgan County. We are very proud of this playground and the progress we have made toward completion. If you would like to be part of this exciting endeavor to complete this playground project, please contact Bob Francis, Project Manager, at [...]
Here is a copy of the SNAP Directions Magazine Article August 2014 highlighting The John Mark Stallings Special Needs Accessible Playground of Morgan County:
Here is a copy of the Hartselle Connections Magazine Article August 2014 highlighting SNAP – The John Mark Stallings Special Needs Accessible Playground of Morgan County:
North Shelby-Inverness Rotary Club President, Lori Moler, and Past President, Raymond Hays, visited the Hartselle Rotary Club July 29, 2014 and toured the Special Needs Accessible Playground (SNAP). Lori is also VP of Customer Service at Children’s of Alabama, a longtime supporter of SNAP. This wonderful project enables all children to play side-by-side in a [...]
We would like to thank B.P.O.E. Decatur Elks Lodge #655 for their recent donation of $750. On the ohoto attached: On the left is Tom Bower, a representative of the B.P.O.E. Decatur Elks Lodge #655. I’m in the center, graciously accepting a check for $750, as Fundraising Chairman, Bob Francis, our Project Manager and President [...]
Here is the link to the Hartselle Enquirer Article with photos of July 1, 2014 about the Forrest Chapel United Methodist Church SNAP Party that was held on June 28, 2014 at The John Mark Stallings Special Needs Accessible Playground of Morgan County in Hartselle: http://www.hartselleenquirer.com/2014/07/01/forrest-chapel-umc-hosts-splash-pad-party/ Forrest Chapel UMC hosts Splash Pad party Published 3:20pm [...]
Recent donations of $7,500 now qualify Wal-Mart as a “Gold” donor, with a total of $51,754 having been donated to SNAP – The John Mark Stallings Special Needs Accessible Playground of Morgan County located in Hartselle, Alabama. WAL MART IS NOW A $50,000 GOLD DONOR Angie Brandon, Manager of Hartselle Wal-Mart, through her relationship with [...]
TN Valley Now Article by Jennifer R. Hill – Hartselle Courier Journal http://tnvalleynow.com/stories/SNAP-seeks-donations-to-finish-project-Spring-2015,129897 Photo Courtesy of Jennifer Hill and Hartselle Courier Journal *Note: Please note that there was an error in the article. The June presentation was for $2400 and not $7500; however, the total donated is $9900. http://tnvalleynow.com/stories/SNAP-seeks-donations-to-finish-project-Spring-2015,129897
Here are photos from the Forrest Chapel SNAP party for the kids with The John Mark Stallings Special Needs Accessible Playground of Morgan County (SNAP – Hartselle Alabama:
Here is a snapshot of the journey of SNAP – the John Mark Stallings Special Needs Accessible Playground of Morgan County. In the final phase to complete the playground, this has been an awesome project. If you would like to donate your time or talents to see this project to completion, please contact Bob Francis, [...]
Here is a photo of the new SNAP Sign:
It has been a wonderful journey from 2007 to 2014 and we have truly come a long way from a “Dream Playground” to a Reality Playground Complex! Beginning with the Splash Pad, then the Pavilion and Restrooms, Grand Entryway, Initial Playground Equipment to seeing this project to near completion. There is still work to be [...]
Hope you will join us for a Special Needs Children’s Party at the SNAP Playground sponsored by the Forrest Chapel United Methodist Church. June 28, 2014 / 9:00 am – 11:00 am Splash Pad – Swings – Spin and Sway – Refreshments Rain date: July 12, 2014 The John Mark Stallings Special Needs Accessible Playground [...]
The Hartselle Rotary Club exhibited a SNAP display at Rotary District 6860’s Conference, held at the Birmingham Marriott Hotel, April 10 – 12. Shown at the display are Carol Argo, District 6860 Grants Committee Chair and Bob Francis, Hartselle Rotary’s Grants Chair and SNAP Project Manager. The Hartselle Club, in 2006, successfully initiated efforts to [...]
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).
Here is another SNAPSHOT of the SNAP Project – The John Mark Stallings Special Needs Accessible Playground of Morgan County which includes an overview of the entire project from the beginning. SNAP_Presentation_GENERIC_7-Years_Thru_December_2013
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 [...]
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Please visit Blog or bottom on Home Page to view final display proof and notify Bob Francis immediately if you see any discrepancy. Deadline for changes July 15, 2015.