“It is exciting to see what our community is doing to take an active role in the education of our kids,” said Education Foundation Board President Cal McNeil. “To see our neighbors investing in the future of our children is very refreshing and inspiring. The College Station Education Foundation is a great vehicle for our community.”
The grant patrol, consisting of Education Foundation board members, donors, A&M Consolidated and College Station High School cheerleaders, mascots, and drum lines visited all 15 CSISD campuses to award grants to this year’s winners. Each winning teacher was surprised with a check and cheering presenters to mark the occasion.
Over the past 14 years, including 2013, the Education Foundation has awarded 237 teacher grants totaling $595,973.
This year’s grants include everything from the implementation of a fish farm, using iPads and apps to strengthen literacy, to managing a student-lead restaurant and accelerating students’ math skills through summer programs.
“The work of the CSISD Education Foundation is a tremendous blessing to CSISD,” Superintendent Dr. Eddie Coulson said. “The grants given to teachers by the Foundation allow the district to fund innovative and creative ideas that may go otherwise unfunded
Many businesses and community members make these grants possible through fundraising events and donations. Commerce National Bank has been the “Top Chef” sponsor of the annual 50 Men Who Can Cook event for the past five years. This year alone, the 50 Men Who Can Cook event contributed $63,731 toward teacher grants which will directly impact almost all of the 11,187 students.
The Education Foundation accepts grants applications each year by district teachers and staff for the development and implementation of innovative teaching programs within the classroom, which are not otherwise funded by tax dollars.
In its 14th year, the CSISD Education Foundation has raised more than $1.6 million through community and corporate donations.
“We are very thankful for the many local businesses and individuals that continue to support the CSISD Education Foundation,” Education Foundation Director Teresa Benden said. “With the continual shortfall in state funding, it is imperative that we continue to support excellence and innovation in our public schools.”
For more a complete list of the grants awarded visit www.givetokids.csisd.org or for more information, please contact Teresa Benden (979-764-5400 or firstname.lastname@example.org).