The College Station ISD Education Foundation will surpass the $1 million mark in giving to classrooms through innovative teacher grants during its upcoming Grant Patrol on Thursday, November 10.
"Grant Patrol epitomizes the CSISD Education Foundation’s mission,” said Education Foundation Board President Margo Dailey. “This year, we are privileged to award 52 grants totaling $141,014, offering our district's teachers and students the opportunity to engage in innovative educational experiences. Witnessing the passion, energy, and enthusiasm on each campus is truly a testament to our exemplary district.”
Education Foundation board members along with donors, 50 Men Who Can Cook Celebrity Chefs, cheerleaders and drum lines will visit all 16 CSISD schools to award this year’s grants. Festivities will begin at Rock Prairie Elementary at 8:30 am with a $1 million check presentation to the district representing the culmination of 17 years of giving from the Education Foundation.
"It is inspiring to see how much our community is taking an active role in education by supporting our Education Foundation,” said CSISD Superintendent Dr. Clark Ealy. “We are grateful for their overwhelming support so that we can continue to offer innovation and leading-edge technology into our classrooms."
Including this year’s awards, the Education Foundation has given 417 teacher grants for a total of $1,003,941 to College Station ISD.
“It takes many people offering their time, resources and creativity to generate the purposeful successes we’ve enjoyed,” said Education Foundation Executive Director Teresa Benden. “We are so grateful for a community who supports the Education Foundation’s goal of making our local public schools some of the best in the nation.”
Teacher grants are applied for annually by district teachers and staff for the development and implementation of innovative teaching programs within the classroom not otherwise funded by tax dollars. Examples of the variety of teaching grants awarded this year include: Gene regulation/DNA sequencing for high school students; outdoor classrooms for all head start/Pre-K students; Dash & Dot robots for students to learn coding and programming; ukuleles for all grades 1st – 6th; flexible seating options across the district; and an embroidery machine for special education students to develop a skill and business within our community. Grants are selected by a committee comprised of board members and district curriculum and instructional staff.
In its 18th year, the CSISD Education Foundation has raised more than $3.8 million through community and corporate donations.