Alabama Sales Tax Holiday

taxholidayHRes.jpgMark your calendars! Alabama will hold its annual Sales Tax Holiday beginning Friday, July 21, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. and ending Sunday, July 23, 2017 at midnight.

This tax holiday gives shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain school supplies, computer and clothing free of state sales tax. Restrictions do apply. Clothing is limited to $100 per article of clothing. Computers, computer software and supplies are limited to a single purchase of $750. Basic school supplies are limited to $50.

For specific exclusions and inclusions, please visit the website pdf

Free CPE Credits for CPA’s!

accountant-1238598_960_720CPE credits are a required part of doing what professionals do best while maintaining their credentials. It can be expensive and daunting. Rocket City SGO has the answer for you! We offer a FREE 1 hour CPE credit to CPA’s and we provide professional training in the convenience of your own office. Grab your team to learn how the Alabama Accountability Act and tax credits will benefit your client. 

CPA & Founder of Rocket City SGO, Brad Garland will share in depth knowledge to keep your staff compliant on the AAA. Schedule your training today! Email us at

Parent’s Night Recap

Screen Shot 2017-03-30 at 2.50.37 PM.pngWhat an honor to share more information with local families and learn more about how to support their children’s best learning style by making connections with our partner schools. Several parents came prepared and had acceptance letters from their school of choice already in hand. We heard from so many folks who stopped just to say, “thank you”.  It was extremely touching to hear each person’s story from whom I met with personally.  

Why do we host events like this? Well, the bottom line, it’s all about the kids and helping them navigate their future through scholarships. Plain and simple.  Extra added value for the RCSGO team and parents is that this event and others like it help to create awareness, clarity, connection, and collaboration.  Our goal is to support the needs of Huntsville/Madison County student’s, while forging lasting relationships.  

17620378_840911719382712_9008664911918958302_oSure, we could just use our website and social media to get messages out and process applications, but we still believe in face to face interactions. One of my most favorite quotes from Leo Buscaglia offers the perfect sentiment for how our team embraces why we do what we do.  “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”  It is our honor and privilege to meet the needs of the future generation of leaders.

Visiting with the RCSGO partner schools at the end of the evening, many stated that they made great connections and even set up future tours.  In fact, one school shared how they recently expanded their STEAM program, which has been a hit with their students.  Incorporating art into their schedule has added depth and encourages creativity.

All in all, parent information night was a huge success! We nearly maxed out the Cooper House, kids were able to play and make new friends, while parents engaged in resources.

Many thanks to all of the hard working volunteers and support staff!  The Rocket City SGO team is grateful for everyone involved.  We appreciate you!

Angela Hawke, Executive Director
Photography: Daniel Horton @Little Bit Media
Catering: April Boddie @Taste
Volunteer translator: @Martha Ferguson & @Maribel Morton
Childcare: @Jessica Hovis Smith (RCSGO Treasurer) & Huntsville City School students

Rocket SGO Essay Contest!


Want to win up to $100?  Just tell us about your inspiration!

Who would you consider a great inspiration and why? Construct a persuasive essay that compares and contrasts the inspiration contributions of someone who inspires greatness before making a conclusion and explaining why you made your choice.

16179384_803231389817412_4041889167727732236_oWho Can Enter?

Applicant must be a student enrolled in the 9th – 12th grade at an accredited high school or accredited home school program in the Tennessee Valley on the date on which he or she submits a conforming essay and application.

Applicant must submit his or her essay to RCSGO between March 20, 2017 – June 30th, 2017. Essays received by RCSGO after 11:59 p.m. on June 30th, 2017, will not qualify and will not be considered.

Essays must be sent to:
Rocket City SGO
3001 9th Ave SW, Suite 205B
Huntsville, AL 35805


• A first, second, and third place winner will be selected. Additionally,one grand prize winner will be selected, for a total of four winning applicants.

• The grand prize winner will receive a $100 cash prize. The first, second, and third place winners will receive a $ $50 cash prize.

• All winners will be invited to attend a private awards ceremony in 2017, and will have their essays published on RCSGO website.

Download Essay Contest & Rules (PDF) >>

Parent’s Night – Tuesday, March 28


If you’re looking for a night of family fun and are looking for more information about scholarships, look no further than our Parent’s Night coming up on Tuesday, March 28th!

We’ll be meeting at the Cooper House at 406 Randolph Avenue SE from 6PM to 8PM, we’ll have opportunities for parents of current or new students who want to learn more about scholarships for their K-12 child AND meet our partner schools.

If you’d like to attend, please RSVP by March 20th. Just let us know by emailing, we hope to see you there!

Rocket City SGO Awards Ceremony Recap

Thanks so much to everyone who attended our Awards Ceremony at Sugar Belle this past Saturday!  We had a wonderful time meeting all of our wonderful artists and giving everyone the opportunity to meet and connect.

To learn more about our mission and progress with Rocket City SGO, be sure to check out our 2016 Annual Report or follow our Facebook Page for more information in the coming months.

Thank you so much, we look forward to the opportunity to work with you to make a huge difference in children’s lives in North Alabama throughout 2017 and beyond!

Rocket City SGO Awards Ceremony on Saturday, January 21st!

screen-shot-2017-01-10-at-10-00-13-amMake plans to celebrate our young and budding artists with us at Sugar Belle on Saturday, January 21st from 2PM to 4PM on Jordan Lane in Huntsville.  We’ll be celebrating our great artists who have designed the artwork that will be appearing on our 2017 Rocket City SGO t-shirts!

These great young artists will also be autographing wearable art from 2pm – 2:30pm.  We’ll also have free cupcakes from Sugar Belle, as well as refreshments served compliments of the Rocket City SGO team!