Project Smile “Spreading More Innovative Learning to Everyone” is this year’s employee giving initiative of the CSISD Education Foundation. The internal fundraising campaign gives all staff the opportunity to invest in educational programs throughout the district. Additionally, half of each campus employee’s gift is earmarked for their own school.
“This is an exciting milestone for the Education Foundation and the district,” said Dr. Clark Ealy, Superintendent for College Station ISD. “It demonstrates our commitment to education and our personal investment in the success of our students."
The Employee Giving Campaign was launched seven years ago with $15,000 in donations received and has grown each year. This year’s total officially reached $100,050, with 45% of district employees participating through automatic payroll deduction or a one-time gift.
“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of the teachers and staff for Project Smile,” said Curt Mackey, Board President of College Station ISD Education Foundation. "It shows the great partnership between the Foundation volunteers and district employees to put resources in the classroom to challenge and engage our students. We will continue to work hard to set new records of support this year for our staff and students."
Funds raised through Project Smile support innovative teaching grants, student scholarships, Chrissy’s Closet, Success 24/7 website, and the Amy Anderson Literacy Legacy, a book voucher program for Pre-K and Head Start students. With half of gifts going back to their home campus, principals and the “Campus Champion” (campus representative) engage funds to best serve their individual school. Thirty-three thousand was the combined contribution that was awarded back to campuses based on last year’s giving.
“I cannot think of a better stamp of approval of our initiatives than for our teachers and staff to donate directly from their paychecks to the Education Foundation,” said Teresa Benden, CSISD Education Foundation Director. “It is very humbling and rewarding to have support from those who directly benefit from our efforts.”
The College Station ISD Education Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1999 to provide support for students and teachers, above and beyond the normal operating budget of the school district, for educational opportunities not available through tax revenues. Our mission is to link the community, educators and students to secure a world-class education. Discover more at www.givetokids.csisd.org. LIKE us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CSISDEF. Contact Teresa Benden, CSISD EF executive director, at 979-694-5615or firstname.lastname@example.org.