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In a nationwide contest benefiting athletic departments across the country, Powerade hosted a video competition that gave students the opportunity to showcase the needs of their school. Ira Independent School District won $2,500 last year in the contest, but this year the school received a grand prize of $10,000. With its campus only a few years old, Ira ISD's main priority is not its indoor facilities. view article arw

Overcome with shock, Transportation Director Angel Kersten held a large $7,000 check from the Angleton ISD Education Foundation in her hands Tuesday morning, with the money going toward safety equipment. “It’s priceless, actually,” Kersten said. “When you ask for something that you need for your organization or department and they are so willing to make it happen for you, it’s a good feeling that you have that backing.” The AISD Education Foundation gifted $6,919 to the school district’s Transportation Department for safety equipment, Angleton ISD spokeswoman Brittany Blanchard said. view article arw

Amazon Donates $10K To Lancaster ISD

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Amazon presented students and staff from Lancaster ISD George Washington Carver 6th Grade STEM Learning Center with a $10,000 check after they were the first group of students to ever tour the Fort Worth Robotics Fulfillment Center. “In Lancaster ISD we are very proud of being a K-12 STEM district,” Lancaster ISD Superintendent Elijah Granger said. “We are so excited about our partnership with Amazon and their generous donation to assist our scholars at George Washington Carver STEM Learning Center.” view article arw

Marshall ISD was one of two East Texas schools that recently received a $125,000 grant to implement new blended learning math programs for its students, according to the Texas Education Agency. view article arw

Two East Texas school districts recently received a $125,000 grant to implement new blended learning math programs for its students, according to the Texas Education Agency. “Blended learning is the new buzz word in education,” Marshall ISD Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Anika Perkins said on Monday. “It’s a new way of teaching students. It used to be that ever student got the same instruction for the same amount of time, and they either got it or they didn’t. Blended learning is a new personalized learning that allows each student to grow where they are.” view article arw

Irving ISD employees committed $354,760 to support the Irving Schools Foundation (ISF) through this year’s Payroll Deduction Campaign. view article arw

Jerry Hodge is synonymous with Amarillo. For decades, the former mayor has played a crucial role in the growth and development of business in the community that anchors the Texas Panhandle. Now, Hodge is stepping up once again to support another significant vision for the region: the Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine. The commitment of Hodge and his wife, Margaret, to generously support the School of Veterinary Medicine with a $10 million gift was recognized Monday by Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec, Texas Tech University System Chancellor and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) President Dr. Tedd L. Mitchell and other officials during ceremonies held at the Amarillo Club. view article arw

Longview ISD was awarded the 'Grow Your Own' grant to support current teachers, students and aids. Over 30 districts were selected in Texas, but LISD is one of the only East Texas groups to be awarded the fund. The money will help grow current education programs at both the Longview High School and Early Graduation High School.  view article arw

The Lufkin Education Foundation hosted its first Grant Showcase Thursday evening at the Pitser Garrison Convention Center.  The foundation awards thousands in grants for teachers in Lufkin ISD each year to purchase materials that would assist in the education process. Executive Director Vercie McMullen said the purpose of the showcase is twofold. First, it’s to show donors to the foundation where their money goes and what it supports.  “We want them to see the value of their donations and their contributions,” McMullen said. view article arw

Smyer ISD teacher Belinda Maye is the fifth 2018-2019 recipient of KCBD’s One Class At A Time donation and recognition sponsored by Frontier Dodge and Spirit Automotive. “It means so much because [nominations] came from some of my kiddos,” Maye said. “My whole purpose for being a teacher, being up here, is putting a smile on somebody’s face every day, as many as I can. If I can give them a smile and give some encouragement, then that has made my day.” Through online nominations, Maye, who is the district’s Technology Director and Yearbook teacher, was selected to receive a check for $500. The program gives the teacher a chance to choose a charity or non-profit that will also receive $500. view article arw

At a Henderson Middle School assembly today, Motiva presented Hardin-Jefferson Independent School District with a donation totaling $895,765 to support the Sour Lake area school district to recover and rebuild from the extensive damage caused by Hurricane Harvey. Hurricane Harvey heavily damaged Henderson Middle School, filling the school with more than two feet of flood water. view article arw

Motiva is giving $890,000 to Hardin-Jefferson Independent School District as a part of recovery efforts for local communities from Tropical Storm Harvey. At a ceremony Tuesday on the boardwalk of Henderson Village beginning at 9:30 a.m., representatives from the company will present the gift to Hardin-Jefferson ISD Board President Michelle Yentzen. view article arw

Klein ISD has been selected as one of five finalists for the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards, earning the district $5,000 and a chance to receive $100,000 according to a press release from Klein ISD. view article arw

On Wednesday, Jan. 9, First Community Credit Union presented a check for $15,000 to the Tomball Education Foundation to become a Founding Visionary Sponsor. Founded in 2017, the Tomball Education Foundation’s mission is to develop and allocate resources to enrich, enhance and maximize the quality of education for all students, according to the foundation’s website.   view article arw

Rosebud-Lott will begin offering new teacher education classes thanks to a $15,000 grant from the Texas Education Agency. TEA announced Wednesday that Rosebud-Lott Independent School District is one of 36 entities to receive a Grow Your Own cycle two grant. The Grow Your Own grants are designed to encourage high school students to consider a career in teaching, and help paraprofessionals and teacher aides to pursue teacher certification. view article arw

Sanger ISD wins $750,000 state grant

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The Sanger school district has announced it will receive $750,000 from the Texas Education Agency. The grant comes months after the district received a similar $350,000 grant from the state agency, according to a news release Thursday. Money will come through a grant from the TEA’s Community Partnerships initiative, which “will provide technical assistance and financial support to communities for wrap-around and holistic services,” according to the agency’s website. view article arw

Two local schools have been awarded funding for the Grow Your Own grant program through 2021. view article arw

Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced today that 36 applicants, representing Texas school districts and educator preparation programs, have been awarded funding through the 2019-2021 Grow Your Own Grant Program, Cycle 2. Grow Your Own grants will be used to encourage high school students to consider teaching as a career, as well as paraprofessionals and teacher aides to pursue certification. The grant will also assist recipients in providing support to student teachers during their year-long clinical teaching or intensive pre-service experience prior to their first year of teaching full time. view article arw

Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced Wednesday that 36 applicants, representing Texas school districts and educator preparation programs, have been awarded funding through the 2019-2021 Grow Your Own Grant Program, Cycle 2. Of those the 36 applicants selected, West Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University and Muleshoe Independent School District were among those to receive funding. view article arw

Motiva Enterprises donated a combined $900,000 Tuesday to the Port Arthur Independent School District and the local Lamar State College campus. Ed Haloulos, executive vice president of human resources for Motiva, said the company wanted to help the community as it continues to recover from Tropical Storm Harvey. view article arw

Educators in the Nederland school district receive $16,891.27 in checks for their classrooms. view article arw

As the number of students eligible for the state’s largest financial aid program grows, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is projecting a substantial drop in the percentage of eligible students who will receive the award. Initial budget proposals filed in the Texas House and Senate this week keep funding flat for the Toward EXcellence, Access, & Success (TEXAS) Grant Program. view article arw

The Jefferson ISD Pollinator Pals have been hard at work to help the pollinators. view article arw

Hudson High School senior Ethan Brown received the surprise of a lifetime when he walked into the library Friday afternoon. A dozen of Ethan’s friends stood along a wall, hiding his family and representatives from the University of Texas at Tyler, waiting to tell Ethan he had received the Presidential Fellow full-ride scholarship. view article arw

More than $760,000 in grants by the Texas Workforce Commission were awarded to Rio Grande Valley school districts. For Donna, the award comes as a first from the agency. “This is the first time we get such a grant here in Donna, so we are very excited about that,” said Donna ISD Superintendent Hafedh Azaiez. view article arw

Paris ISD students swept the annual Lamar County Soil and Water Conservation District (LSWCD) Poster and Essay Contest for the fourth year in a row.  LSWCD Vice-President Mike Parsons presented checks to the contest winners.  This year’s theme was Life in Soil: Dig Deeper. In the essay contest, Paris High School seniors Grace Hamm and Marjorie Calderon won 1st and 2nd place respectively (ages 14-18 division) and received $150 and $80. Paris Junior High School 7th grader Luke De la Garza won 1st place (13 and under division) and received $80. view article arw

A school district in northeast Texas is making math fun. Atlanta ISD was awarded the Math Innovation Zone grant to put in place new blended learning strategies to teach students. view article arw

Krum English teacher awarded grant

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High school teacher gets $1,000 grant. Melinda Buchanan, an English teacher at Krum High School, has been awarded a $1,000 grant, which will be used to buy books for her classroom and other classrooms at the school. view article arw

Texas Tech’s College of Education recently received grant funding from the Texas Education Agency that will be used to expand efforts to increase the quality and diversity of teachers in rural school districts.  The $484,000 that Tech received through TEA’s “Grow Your Own” grant program will go toward growing the TechTeach Across Rural Texas, a program dedicated to recruiting and preparing teachers for rural schools. The program launched last year after Tech received $411,000 from the same grant opportunity. view article arw

The McAllen ISD Board of Trustees was chosen as an outstanding school board in the 2019 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards Program. The recognition was announced Friday. McAllen is one of only five finalists in the state. Other finalists include the Del Valle, Socorro, Corsicana and Grapevine-Colleyville school districts. According to the H-E-B website, this honor is designed to recognize school boards that have demonstrated real leadership in the community based on three basic criteria: Academic/student progress within the district; identification of community needs and specific actions taken based on those needs; and new and creative methods for community engagement. This is the second consecutive year McAllen ISD has been nominated for an award through H-E-B. Last year, the school district was a state finalist for the Best Large District in Texas award. view article arw

The C-FB ISD Education Foundation recently awarded two teachers grants. Established in 1997, the C-FB ISD Educational Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports CFBISD campuses, teachers, and students with dollars not otherwise available through state and federal funding. McCoy Elementary teacher, Nicole Bonilla, was awarded two grants for her project to get secondary materials and tools for students with autism and social and attention differences. She was awarded $1000 from the Kacie Brekhus Memorial Teacher Grant and $1000 from the Frank Shor Impact Now! Fund.  The Kacie Brekhus Memorial Grant is awarded each year to a C-FB ISD teacher who has a vision and a plan to best support education opportunities for their students.  view article arw

The Aledo Education Foundation awarded 47 grants to Aledo ISD teachers for the 2018-19 school year for an amount more than $127,000. “Applications were down a little bit — we didn’t have quite as many as we have had in the past — but the overall requests were far more. I think one of the really neat things in the evolution of the process is that the teachers are looking for more sustainable ways to change their classroom,” Aledo Education Foundation Executive Director Shawn Callaway said. “In the beginning they were looking for a cool, creative activity for a one-time group, but now they’re thinking about long-term ways they can change the way their kids learn and make a difference and I think that has a lot to do with the district leadership coming into play and making some changes there. I’m really excited about the quality of the grants.” view article arw

The following is a news release from Texas Tech University: After a new round of grant funding from the Texas Education Agency (TEA), Texas Tech University’s College of Education is expanding efforts to increase the quality and diversity of teachers in rural school districts. Texas Tech received $484,000 through TEA’s “Grow Your Own” grant program, which will go toward growing TechTeach Across Rural Texas, an innovative program in the College of Education that recruits and prepares teachers specifically for rural school districts. view article arw

Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) recently announced that the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in partnership with Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD and Harlingen CISD have been awarded a $99,991 grant by the National Endowment of the Humanities to design and organize culturally relevant Social Studies curriculum in English and Spanish for Kinder through 5th grade students. Project SSTARC (Social Studies Through Authentic and Relevant Content) is a two-year collaborative project between the Center for Bilingual Studies and the Center for Mexican American Studies at UTRGV and the local school districts. view article arw

The Katy Independent School District Education Foundation recently launched its sixth “Inspiring Imagination” teacher grant application process, which will fund Katy ISD teacher grants for the 2019-20 school year. Community support for the grants is led by the Foundation’s Cornerstone Investor, BP America Inc., which has headlined the foundation’s corps of investors every year for the past five years. view article arw