College Station ISD Education Foundation awards Record $120,000 in Innovative Teaching Grants

A fifty percent increase over last year, these grants will directly impact over 85% of CSISD students. This year’s grants include everything from a week-long astronaut science camp, entrepreneur projects, outdoor classrooms and gardens, to hands-on learning accessories for iPads, digital microscopes and Lego story building kits.
“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 James Haverland. “There’s nothing more rewarding than surprising teachers with money who have innovative and creative teaching ideas. None of this could happen without the entire community getting behind the education of our kids. The education foundation is doing something that changes the lives of our students every day.”

“The College Station ISD Education Foundation has supported the district, our teachers and students for over 16 years,” said CSISD Superintendent Dr. Clark Ealy.  “Their financial impact has helped hundreds of teachers try new and innovative projects and approaches in the classroom. We are thankful for the foundation and the many donors in our community who give to support our kids.”

The grant patrol, consisting of Education Foundation board members, donors, A&M Consolidated and College Station High School cheerleaders, mascots, and drum lines will visit CSISD campuses to award grants to this year’s winners. Each winning teacher will be surprised with a check and cheering presenters to mark the occasion.

The Education Foundation has awarded 306 teacher grants totaling $742,005 since its inception in 1999. 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 eight years and has committed again this year. The CSISD staff also has supported the Education Foundation tremendously by giving though payroll deduction donating over $49,000 last year which is all earmarked for teaching grants.
“We are continually humbled by the generosity of our staff and community when it comes to supporting our local schools,” said Education Foundation Director Teresa Benden. “With the continual shortfall in state funding for our public schools, it is imperative that we continue to raise support for excellence in public 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.  For more a complete list of the grants awarded visit
For more information, please contact Teresa Benden (979)-764-5400 or

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