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The 20th annual Grant Patrol -- made up of foundation board and staff members, donors and district drumline and cheerleading students -- delivered 43 grants totaling $156,012.

The group handed out over $150,000 in grants to teachers Wednesday.

Neil Bush was on hand Wednesday to help dedicate the book wall art installation in The George hotel to his mother, former first lady Barbara Bush. During the dedication, Bush also presented College Station ISD Education Foundation Executive Director Teresa Benden with a $1,000 check to benefit the foundation's Amy Anderson Literacy Legacy program.

College Station ISD employees are breaking records in their giving to the district’s Education Foundation this year by pledging over $127,000 through the Employee Giving Campaign.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- College Station I.S.D Education Foundation is honoring one of their own – by working to keep her legacy alive.

Christi Cheshire passed away earlier this summer, now the Education Foundation is working to create a scholarship in her memory.

During the CSISD Education Foundation's 18th annual Hall of Fame banquet at the Hilton, each student honored as outstanding was given the chance to recognize the district employee -- teacher, custodian, librarian, food services staff member or administrator from throughout their years at CSISD -- who influenced their life.

COLLEGE STATION, Tx. (KBTX) Chrissy's Closest received a big donation Friday morning thanks to the efforts of Pecan Trail Intermediate School students.

Supporters of College Station schools toured six classrooms Wednesday seeing how grants given by the CSISD Education Foundation have been put into action.

One hundred and thirty-four local community and school leaders helped the College Station ISD Education Foundation raise over $225,000 at its 11th Annual 50 Men Who Can Cook on February 2.

What do you get when you mix 50 men, a dash of costumes, a heaping of recipes, and a pound of fun? A recipe for a great night to support local education. On Feb. 2, the College Station ISD Education Foundation hosts its 11th Annual 50 Men Who Can Cook event.

College Station Teachers Awarded $137,000 in Innovative Grants from CSISD Education Foundation
College Station Teachers Awarded $137,000 in Innovative Grants from CSISD Education Foundation

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College Station, TX -- The College Station ISD Education Foundation today awarded 51 innovative teaching grants totaling $137,338 during its annual Grant Patrol. This year’s grants include exciting entrepreneurial projects, robotics and engineering missions, outdoor gardens, charitable giving leadership opportunities, broadcasting through podcasting, music development, and creative writing.

College Station, TX -- The College Station ISD Education Foundation today awarded 51 innovative teaching grants totaling $137,338 during its annual Grant Patrol. This year’s grants include exciting entrepreneurial projects, robotics and engineering missions, outdoor gardens, charitable giving leadership opportunities, broadcasting through podcasting, music development, and creative writing.
“The Innovative Grant Program is designed to encourage and reward creative instructional approaches to accomplish curriculum objectives and enhance the educational experience for students,” shared Curt Mackey, Board President of the Education Foundation. “It’s so exciting to surprise teachers and fund their innovative teaching ideas.”
“The College Station ISD Education Foundation has supported the district, our teachers, and students for over 18 years with over $1,000,000 in grants,” said CSISD Superintendent Dr. Clark Ealy. “Their financial impact has helped hundreds of teachers implement new and innovative projects in the classroom. We are thankful for the foundation and the many donors in our community who support our students.”
Grant Patrol consists of Education Foundation board members and donors, along with the A&M Consolidated and College Station High School cheerleaders, mascots, and drum lines that visit CSISD campuses to award grants to this year’s winners. Each winning teacher is surprised with a check and cheering presenters to mark the occasion.
The CSISD Education Foundation has awarded 469 teacher grants totaling $1,141,279 since its inception in 1999. Many businesses and community members make these grants possible through fundraising events and donations. This year’s Founder’s Level Sponsors are CHI St. Josephs Health, C.C. Creations, Caldwell Country, Copy Corner, Culpepper Realty, HEB and Rife Law Firm. The CSISD staff also has supported the Education Foundation by donating over $100,000 through the employee giving campaign this year.
“We are humbled by the generosity of our staff and community when it comes to supporting our local schools,” commented Education Foundation Director Teresa Benden. “There is a great need for continued funding for our schools, and it is imperative that we raise support for excellence in public education. None of this could happen without the entire community getting behind the education of our kids.”
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. Grants are awarded for programs 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 givetokids.csisd.org. For more information, please contact Teresa Benden (979)-664-5615 or tbenden@csisd.org.

SISD Employees Pledge over $100K to Education Foundation through Project SMILE
SISD Employees Pledge over $100K to Education Foundation through Project SMILE

he College Station ISD Education Foundation today announced that College Station ISD staff have pledged over $100,000 this year through the Project Smile Employee Giving Campaign.
The College Station ISD Education Foundation today announced that College Station ISD staff have pledged over $100,000 this year through the Project Smile Employee Giving Campaign.

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 979-694-5615 or givetokids@csisd.org.

A&M Consolidated High School Class of 2017 presents scholarship gift to CSISD Education Foundation
A&M Consolidated High School Class of 2017 presents scholarship gift to CSISD Education Foundation

The A&M Consolidated High School Class of 2017 has designated part of their class gift funds to help complete an endowed scholarship with the College Station ISD Education Foundation.
The A&M Consolidated High School Class of 2017 has designated part of their class gift funds to help complete an endowed scholarship with the College Station ISD Education Foundation. These funds will be partnered with the AMCHS Class of 2011 & 2012 Scholarship to fully endow it at the $25,000 level.

"The AMCHS Senior Class of 2017 contributed to an Education Foundation scholarship because we wanted our senior gift to focus on the pursuit of higher education for all individuals,” said 2017 Senior Class President Emily Garrett. “As a class, we wanted to make a lasting impact on our school that goes beyond a physical contribution. We hope that this scholarship will help advance the next generation of Consol students to their fullest potential."

“This senior class is really leaving a legacy,” said Teresa Benden, Education Foundation Executive Director. “Rather than just purchasing something physical for the school, they have chosen to make an impact long after they will walk the halls of A&M Consolidated High School. We are so grateful for their insight and for entrusting us to carry on their legacy.”

This May, the Education Foundation will be awarding 49 scholarships totaling $54,750 to seniors graduating from A&M Consolidated and College Station High Schools. Eleven of these scholarships are endowed.

Established in 1999, the Education Foundation helps our community partner with our school district to provide support for innovative teaching grants, student scholarships and other special programs.

Education Foundation Awards 52 Scholarships Totaling $59,000

The College Station ISD Education Foundation awarded 52 scholarships totaling $59,000 at its annual scholarship reception on May 17th.
Recipients are graduating from either A&M Consolidated High School or College Station High School. To date, the Foundation has awarded 393 scholarships totaling $412,650. Twelve of these scholarships are endowed.

Front row (l-r): Damilola Olowomeye, Kenji Blum, Kaylea Haas, Shelly Zhou, Carlos Espina, Braden Yosko, Burl Carraway, Andrew Macha

Second row (l-r): Dacey Whitten, Sara Burchfield, Amanda Jackson, Cherie Richards, Dulce Rodriguez Gonzalez, Allie Wenzel, Dana Choe, Janisah Saripada, Vi Burgess, Aubrey Wynn, Lydia Garcia

Third row (l-r): Kylee Shipp, BJ Kim, Anjali Dhanani, Anna Reddy, Grace Kim, Keelie Wendt, VeAnnie Allen, Ellen Wang, Nooran Riaz, Lexi Kuppersmith, Sean Gunn, Kaylie Olsen, Brittany Scott, Jenna Gray

Back row (l-r): Alanna Kovar, Cayleigh Lekven, Sujay Shankar, Oceane Parker, Hongsen Qin, Yanichka Ariunbold, Ben Porter, Roger Stark, Zephyr Seagraves, Will Heye, Garrett Grant, Hunter Scott, Emily Caldwell, Jackson McGuffey, Brandon Zhao, Andrew Pham

Not pictured: Sarah Donaldson, Autumn Foust, Jason Tan

t's not uncommon for front office staff and administrators at Oakwood Intermediate to hear ukulele renditions of the same song over and over again for six class periods, but standing before the donors who made such music possible this week, the school's principal said he couldn't be more grateful.

Armed with aprons and -- as one organizer puts it -- "lots of bacon," men from the area hope to raise more than $200,000 for College Station students and teachers.

CSISD Education Foundation Surpasses $1 Million Mark in Innovative Teaching Grants to District
CSISD Education Foundation Surpasses $1 Million Mark in Innovative Teaching Grants to District

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.
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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.

Commerce National Bank is Top Chef Sponsor of 10th 50 Men Who Can Cook
Commerce National Bank is Top Chef Sponsor of 10th 50 Men Who Can Cook

The College Station ISD Education Foundation is pleased to announce that Commerce National Bank will be the Top Chef Sponsor for their 10th Annual 50 Men Who Can Cook set for Friday, February 3, 2017, at the Brazos County Expo.
The College Station ISD Education Foundation is pleased to announce that Commerce National Bank will be the Top Chef Sponsor for their 10th Annual 50 Men Who Can Cook set for Friday, February 3, 2017, at the Brazos County Expo.

CNB Vice Presidents Randy Ripple (far left) and Suzanne Neuberger (far right) presented a $10,000 check to CSISD EF Executive Director Teresa Benden and Board President-Elect Curt Mackey at the recent A&M Consolidated vs. College Station High School football game. The event proceeds go to support innovative teaching grants, student scholarships and the CSISD Success 24/7 learning website.

"Commerce National Bank is proud to support the 50 Men Who Can Cook event benefiting the CSISD Education Foundation," said Ripple. "We believe it is imperative to support the men and women who are educating our young people, as they are the future leaders of our nation."

Commerce National Bank has been the Top Chef Sponsor for the past 9 of 10 years. "We appreciate Commerce National Bank's partnership with the Education Foundation," said Benden. "It's businesses like these that we depend on to help us make our public schools some of the best in the nation."

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Caldwell Country Chevrolet Sponsors 1st-Year Teacher Program
Caldwell Country Chevrolet Sponsors 1st-Year Teacher Program

A huge THANK YOU to Caldwell Country Chevrolet for sponsoring our inaugural gift card program for 1st-time teachers at CSISD. Thirty-six first-time teachers received a $50 Office Max gift card at the recent New Teacher University Breakfast to get their classrooms up and running! "We acknowledge that the expense of starting a classroom can be a huge burden on our first-time teachers," said EF Director Teresa Benden. "We've been wanting to implement this program and are blessed to have Caldwell Country underwrite it."

Education Foundation Awards $48,250 in Scholarships to Graduating Seniors

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The College Station ISD Education Foundation awarded 44 scholarships totaling $48,250 at its annual scholarship reception on May 18th. Recipients are graduating from either A&M Consolidated or College Station High Schools. To date, the Foundation has awarded 341 scholarships totaling $353,650. Nine of the scholarships are endowed. Thank you to our very generous donors who continue to help us support our students' futures.

2016 Education Foundation Scholarship Recipients

Front row (l-r): Eden Horn, Whitney Browning, Sadaf Ali, Molly Leach, Kiana Essix, Wesley White

Second row (l-r): Haoyi Wu, Peyton James, Michaela Cheyne, Madeline Sears, Kelsey Sevcik,

Brianna Stricklin, Jenna Leland, Paige Westra, Ariel Sheil, Leigha Simple, Rachel Grant,

Ariel Demotte-Carter Third row (l-r): Danielle Scott, Ellen Li, Annie Zhang, Allen Lambert,

Erika Salzman, Victoria Hermann, Kaleigh Kavanaugh, Sara McKinney, Garrett Peters,

Kerrigan Kelton, Luisa Castaneda, Fallon Wenck Back row (l-r): Esther Yi, Stephanie Palazzolo,

Catherine Haberl, Connor Thomas, Ian Tremblay, Marley Hays, Mason Ouren, Micaiah Rogers,

Hannah Spacek, Olivia Farrell, Amy Scott, Paige Mitchell, Leah Lewis Not pictured: Ashlee Henning

Roasted duck, waffles, jambalaya and frosted pickles were just a few of the many dishes sampled by hungry guests Friday night.

Over 131 local school representatives and community members showcased their cooking skills at nearly 70 booths at the Bryan Expo Center for the ninth annual 50 Men Who Can Cook fundraiser benefiting the College Station Independent School District Education Foundation.

Education Foundation awards Record $120,923 in Innovative Teaching Grants
Education Foundation awards Record $120,923 in Innovative Teaching Grants

The College Station ISD Education Foundation awarded a record 59 innovative teaching grants totaling $120,923 at all 16 campuses during its annual Grant Patrol on Monday, November 9. 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 givetokids.csisd.org. For more information, please contact Teresa Benden (979)-764-5400 or tbenden@csisd.org.

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Dr. Leonard & Mayor Nancy Berry Endow Scholarship with Foundation
Dr. Leonard & Mayor Nancy Berry Endow Scholarship with Foundation

College Station ISD Education Foundation is pleased to announce that Dr. Leonard and Mayor Nancy Berry have endowed a $20,000 scholarship for CSISD graduating seniors.
“Lowe’s made a financial grant to me to use for charitable purposes in honor of my recent retirement from its board of directors following 17 years of service,” Dr. Leonard Berry said. “As someone who has benefited enormously from higher education as both student and professor, I wanted to endow a scholarship that each year will help a promising student with financial need continue his or her education beyond high school.”

The Berrys presented a check to Education Foundation President James Haverland and Director Teresa Benden at the September board meeting. The Berry Family Endowed Scholarship will first be awarded next May and be offered to CSISD graduating seniors who have financial need with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and may be used for technical school, junior college or a 4-year university.

“Len and Nancy have always given back to our community in many ways,” said Haverland. “Through this endowment, they will be remembered forever as great supporters of public education in one of the outstanding school districts in our area. Every year a student will receive a $1,000 Berry Family Scholarship in perpetuity. I am proud to know them.”

“Both of our sons, Matthew and Jonathan, attended College Station schools and graduated from A&M Consolidated High School,” Mayor Nancy Berry said. “It is a privilege to give back to the school district that has served our family so well.”

“Nancy and I hope that our scholarship might encourage others in the community to also establish scholarships.”

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CSISD Education Foundation thanks BB&T for their "Teacher of the Month” program
CSISD Education Foundation thanks BB&T for their "Teacher of the Month” program

College Station ISD Education Foundation is pleased to recognize and thank Branch Banking & Trust (BB&T) for their "Teacher of the Month" recognition program implemented over the past two years at College Station ISD schools.

"We appreciate BB&T and their sponsorship of the the Teacher of the Month Program," said Superintendent Dr. Clark Ealy. "Their monthly award presentations are a great reminder of the key role that teachers play in the academic, social and emotional development of students and a great example of how much our community supports College Station ISD."

Two campuses each month are asked to select their "Teacher of the Month" based on merit. A presentation is made at each school awarding the winner a $50 Visa card for his/her personal use.

"There are many great ways that businesses can get involved in our school district to make the educational experience better for students and teachers," said Education Foundation Board President James Haverland. "We are very appreciative of BB&T stepping up and sponsoring this great program."

The program will continue for a third year in College Station schools beginning in September.

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