And the winners are… the more than 21,000 Baytown and Highlands students who will reap the benefits for years to come in grants awarded by the Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation.
During two days in May, the Foundation’s “Grant Surprise Patrol” took turns delivering grant money to 60 educators in Goose Creek CISD totaling more than $105,000 to support innovative programs for a wide range of educational projects.
It was the non-profit foundation’s fourth round of funding for innovative teaching programs. In all, the foundation has awarded 148 grants totaling more than $211,000 benefiting students and teachers across the district.
Students and teachers in all of Goose Creek CISD’s schools were visited by one of two “Surprise Patrols,” made up of Foundation Board members and community members.
The excitement was apparent as supersized checks were given to teachers who submitted grant applications for new and innovative teaching ideas and curriculum enhancements.
Counselor Janet Tello at Harlem Elementary School was one of the surprised recipients. Her $1,000 grant will go toward the purchase of books and educational materials focusing on character education.
“You made my year,” she told Foundation members.
Grants awarded ranged in subject matter, covering art, science, math, educational technology, reading and much more.
These grants provide a substantial boost to individual teachers and the district as a whole in strengthening student achievement.
See complete list of 2012 grant winners here.
The hefty checks ranged from just under $500 for a specific classroom initiative to nearly $3,000 for technology enhancements spanning grade levels across the district.
Each of the grants awarded will support initiatives during the 2012-2013 school year and beyond.
“These awards represent strong community support for achieving educational excellence in the schools and at a level beyond the reach of limited state funding and school property tax capacity,” said Foundation President David Frazier. “The success of these grants is made possible through the generous contributions of Goose Creek CISD employees, parents and corporate partners as well as the dedication and passion of our district’s teachers.”