Grant Patrol Visits Classrooms to Deliver Grants
Will fund 79 Innovative Instructional Programs
Plano ISD Education Foundation board members, program sponsors, district staff, and parent leaders personally delivered nearly $100,000 in monetary awards on Thursday, November 14, to fund 79 innovative instructional programs in Plano ISD schools.
Beverly Elementary School kindergarten teachers were surprised November 14 with two grants from the Plano ISD Education Foundation Grant Patrol. Thanks to the grants, their students will benefit from innovative programs entitled “Writing for a Reason!,” and “Kindergarten Cares Club.”
The Park Place Lexus Grant Patrol traveled throughout the 100-square- mile district in seven cars courtesy of Park Place Lexus.
As part of the surprise visits, each honoree was presented a special badge proclaiming his/her selection as a 2012 grant recipient. Each grant winner’s school was presented a banner for display throughout the year. More than 100 educators were recognized throughout the morning.
The Plano ISD Education Foundation Grants to Educators program is intended to help Plano ISD educators enhance instruction in schools and classrooms across the district. Earlier in the school year, teachers had the opportunity to complete applications for grants for programs for their classes, schools or joint programs at multiple schools.
Sigler Elementary School Teacher Kari Tolle is congratulated by the Plano ISD Education Foundation Grant Patrol for winning a grant for her innovative program entitled “Connecting with Science One Page at a Time.” Sigler Principal Matt Arend and students helped her celebrate.
For its second year in a row, the Foundation awarded a record $100,000 in grants. Funding for the grants program comes from the following generous sponsors: Presenting Sponsor Park Place Lexus, Huawei, Plano ISD Council of PTAs and Alliance Data. Since the Foundation’s inception more than $795,000 has been awarded to Plano ISD teachers through the Grants to Educators program.
Bowman Middle School captured nine grant awards. Here, AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) teachers are pictured with the Plano ISD Education Foundation Grant Patrol.
Plano ISD Education Foundation Board President Mitch Bramlett said, “The Education Foundation is honored to assist our teachers by providing resources for innovative programs that enhance student learning in their classrooms. The Grants to Educators program is one of the best ways that private donors can assist outstanding classroom programs by supporting educators across Plano ISD.”
Each Park Place Lexus car had a team of four to five Grant Patrol volunteers who each visited campuses for the surprise presentations. The volunteers met for a Grant Patrol kick-off coffee from 8:00 to 8:45 a.m. at Central Market Plano.
Christie Elementary School received six grants. Teachers and grant titles are Ben Dixon – “Christie Leadership Academy,” Jessica Malloy – “STEM is Everywhere,” Marisol Cantero – “Reading Zone,” Christine Kallman – “Brain Games,” Lilly Jensby & Janet Beadling – “Logic Connections,” and Belinda Beuerlein – “Enrichment Academy.”
About the Grants to Educators Program
The Plano ISD Education Foundation celebrates its nineteenth year of operation, having raised almost $8 million to benefit Plano schools. The Plano ISD Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that funds priority programs identified by the school district for which tax dollars are not available. Programs funded by the Foundation enhance student learning; recruit, retain and recognize the very best teachers; or address critical needs of students and families so that all students can be successful.
Grants are also funded through the Plano ISD Education Foundation Parent and Community Honor Roll annual fund drive and Annual Giving Campaign, the Plano ISD employee campaign, and Ski Plano, an annual winter fundraising event open to the public. This coming year’s Ski Plano event will be held on January 26, 2013, at Southfork Ranch. For additional information about the Foundation or to make a donation, visit the Plano ISD Education Foundation Web site
or call (469) 752-8272.
About the Plano ISD Education Foundation
The Plano ISD Education Foundation
is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization with the mission to generate private support for priority projects identified by Plano ISD not funded by tax dollars. The Foundation provides grants to educators, programs that support academic enrichment to Plano ISD students, emergency
assistance for teachers and staff members in crisis, as well as programs aimed at recruiting and retaining quality teachers.
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