“Our grant patrol is the culmination of a lot of hard work and dedication from our staff, board members and most importantly, our community,” said Education Foundation Board President Brad Corrier. “It is very exciting for everyone involved to witness the joy and the impact that these grants provide to our students and teachers. The Foundation is fortunate to have such a dedicated group of volunteers and a community that takes an active role in our schools.”
The grant patrol, consisting of Education Foundation board members, donors, A&M Consolidated and College Station High School cheerleaders, mascots, and drum lines visited CSISD campuses to award grants to the winners. Each winning teacher was surprised with a check and cheering presenters.
Over the past 15 years, the Education Foundation has awarded 260 teacher grants totaling $654,519.
This year’s grants include everything from students having the opportunity to publish their own books, using iPads and apps to strengthen literacy, math and science, to creating an urban garden and providing equipment to expand chemistry laboratories.
“The work of the CSISD Education Foundation continues to be of tremendous value to CSISD students, staff and the community” said CSISD Superintendent Dr. Eddie Coulson. “Innovation and creativity are at the heart of connecting with students, and the grants provided by the Foundation work as a great incubator of ideas for the district.”
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 and has committed again this year. The CSISD staff also have supported the Education Foundation tremendously by giving through payroll deduction donating over $28,000 last year which all is earmarked for teaching grants.
“We are continually humbled by the generosity of our community when it comes to supporting our local schools,” Education Foundation Director Teresa Benden said. “With the continual shortfall in state funding for our public schools, it is imperative that we continue to raise support for excellence and innovation in education.”
The Education Foundation accepts grant applications annually in the fall from district teachers and staff for the development and implementation of innovative teaching programs within the classroom, which are not otherwise funded by tax dollars. Grants are selected by a committee comprised of board members and curriculum/instruction staff.
Established in 1999, the CSISD Education Foundation has raised more than $2.2 million through community, staff and corporate donations.
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).