March 2, 2019 - Orange Beach, AL - (OBA®) - We are pleased to announce the formation of the Makos Academics, Arts and Athletics Club (MAAAC).  MAAAC is a non-profit organization that represents and funds the interests of our children at the Orange Beach Middle School and High School. MAAAC’s core mission is to raise funds that directly support and enhance our children’s experiences in academics, arts, and athletics.

Orange Beach Middle School and High School are already off to a great start. Baldwin County has made our community the first seven-12 school to be launched in nearly 105 years. The dedication to our children can be seen through the collaboration of  Baldwin County Schools and the City of Orange Beach. While Baldwin County continues to fulfill its commitment to building both the middle school and high school, our city has also generously donated both the land for the schools and agreed to fund the performing arts center. However, there is still work to be done.

In order to fund the programs that are on the horizon, we have a goal of $150,000 to be raised by our May 11 MAAAC Gala at Perdido Beach Resort. Every dollar up to our $150,000 goal will be matched by the City of Orange Beach to help us reach our ultimate goal of $300,000. These dollars will be used to begin our academic, art and athletic programs from scratch.  While the schools will receive funding from Baldwin County for athletics and band, these dollars are earmarked for transportation. Funding for programs beyond these needs must be raised by our community. By stepping up, we are ensuring that the needs of every child in our schools can be met.

Ryan Long, MAAAC president, said the organization’s board members are ready to get to work.

“We understand that most of the funding for our new school(s) extracurricular programs would be provided by the community and because of that we wanted to get an as early start as possible,” he said. “Because the new middle and high schools are actually the first in Orange Beach, the extracurricular programs are starting from scratch which is large undertaking on its own.”