Including this year’s grants, the Education Foundation has awarded 306 grants worth a total of $742,005 since it was established in 1999. In addition, the foundation has given 251 scholarships totaling $248,468, and has supported the district’s Success 24/7 project to the tune of $71,000.
Grants were awarded at all 15 campuses and will directly impact more than 75% of CSISD students.
“We are excited to provide the fruits of our fundraising labors to the hard-working teachers of our district,” said Education Foundation Board President Clayton Rhoades. “These special educators are awarded grants for projects that exemplify innovation and excellence in our schools and ultimately benefit children and their education process. After all, this is the underlying reason for our existence as a foundation.”
The grant patrol, consisting of Education Foundation board members, donors, and cheerleaders, mascots, and drum lines from both A&M Consolidated HS and College Station HS visited all 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.
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 six years and has committed to a three-year, $10,000 annual sponsorship. CSISD staff also have supported the Education Foundation tremendously by giving through payroll deduction pledging over $50,000 this year.
“The support we receive from our local community is humbling and amazing,” Education Foundation Director Teresa Benden said. “Considering the tight budgets districts operate under, it is imperative that we continue to raise support for excellence and innovation in our local public schools.”
Examples of this year’s grants include students exploring electricity through the use of a Van Der Graaf Generator, discovering renewable energy sources with recyclable materials, improving writing skills by letter exchanges with peers in other schools, and the creation of original Spanish books by high school Spanish and art students for elementary dual language classes. A complete list of grants can be seen by clicking the PDF link below.
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.