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Region One Education Services Center announced it received $7 million worth of grants Tuesday. The funds will benefit 14,000 students across the Rio Grande Valley. view article arw

Houston Methodist Clear Lake last week unveiled it will donate $500,000 to the Clear Creek Education Foundation to support Clear Creek ISD’s The Leader in Me program, which is expanding in 14 schools over the next five years. The program teaches leadership and life skills to students and empowers them with the mindset that every student can be a leader. This creates a culture that leads to academic, behavioral and social improvements of participating students, according to a press release. view article arw

The Coppell ISD Education Foundation (CEF) will kick off its annual Give for Grants Campaign on Oct. 22. The campaign will last until Nov. 16. Angie Arthur, CISD foundation development coordinator, said the foundation’s goal is to raise $15,000, which will be used to support its grant programs. “The purpose of the CEF is to support the district. We raise money and give it back to the school through grants,” Arthur said. view article arw

District has received Linking Education to Success (LETS) Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant four times in past two decades  The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $5.9 million grant to Lufkin ISD over the next seven years. “Lufkin ISD is thrilled to receive the LETS GEAR UP grant during this federal funding cycle,” Superintendent Lynn Torres said. “To be presented this grant once is an honor, but to receive it a fourth time, is beyond what I could have hoped. Lufkin ISD is committed to the success of all students. With this grant, we will be able to leverage more resources to ensure that all Lufkin ISD students will be college and career ready when they graduate from high school.” view article arw

Trustees for Union Grove ISD approved a donation Monday that will fund a new baseball scoreboard, Superintendent Kelly Moore said Thursday. ABC Auto Parts donated $20,939 for the purchase of the new scoreboard, Moore said. view article arw

Spectators at the Klein Collins High School vs. Klein Oak High School football game on Oct. 5, cheered about more than just the rivalry on the field. Sponsored by The Kailee Mills Foundation in cooperation with Klein ISD, the community seat belt awareness event named “Wave to Save Lives” featured fans using towels to root for their respective teams. Event coordinators also prepared synchronized towel waves around the stadium to raise awareness for seat belt safety. view article arw

Bay City ISD has received a $96,000 grant from the Save the Children Federation, Inc, commonly known as Save the Children USA. The grant is to support the district's early literacy balanced literature and guided reading program at the elementary campuses. According to BCISD Chief Curriculum Officer Lisa Moya, the funds will be used to purchase the Fountas and Pinnell (FP) system of libraries and materials for Kindergarten through third grade classrooms. view article arw

Banquet attendees will get the chance to meet Houston-personality and philanthropist Jim McIngvale, who is widely known as Mattress Mack, Tuesday, Oct. 23, during the annual Navasota ISD Education Foundation dinner. McIngvale started Gallery Furniture with $5,000 and his own pickup truck and business ticked upward with the oil boom. But when the industry took a turn for the worse in 1983, he invested his remaining $10,000 on local television commercials. “I was doing an ad, and I was frustrated,” said Mclngvale. “I couldn’t come up with a punch line. Finally, I pulled some money out of my pocket and yelled, ‘Gallery Furniture save you money!’” view article arw

Durant public schools are getting $150 thousand to improve the mental health of their students. They'll be bringing in an anti-gun violence group that was started in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting rampage in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 children were killed in an elementary school. The money was given by the Department of Justice under the STOP School Violence Act, a bill every Texas and Oklahoma representative voted to pass earlier this year. view article arw

Hallsville Education Foundation held their 8th Annual Get Rowdy, Get Loud at Walker’s Mill Vineyard & Winery on Saturday, Sept. 22. The event, presented by Richard and Amy Traweek and Patterson Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Marshall, included a dinner catered by Bear Creek Smokehouse, music featuring The Social Club, a live DJ (DJ Daddy Company) and auction for 250 participants. The event raised an estimated $86,000 to help fulfill Hallsville ISD teacher grant requests. “The annual fundraising event for the kids was an incredible success,” said Beth Godsey, executive director of the Hallsville Education Foundation. “The foundation is a true difference maker in the Hallsville community. The community’s generosity will make it possible for us to continue our passion of enhancing education in Hallsville ISD by awarding grants to teachers and dual credit course scholarships. view article arw

The Socorro Independent School District was awarded a $1.4 million 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant from the Texas Education Agency. The grant is being used to provide free afterschool programs through the Texas Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE) program at Campestre, H.D. Hilley, Hueco, Escontrias and Rojas elementary schools; Escontrias Early Childhood Center; Desert Wind and Ernesto Serna K-8 schools; and Salvador H. Sanchez and Socorro middle schools. view article arw

U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox joins the Department of Justice in announcing more than $70 million in grant funding to bolster school security, educate and train students and faculty, and support law enforcement officers and first responders who arrive on the scene of a school violence incident – including more than a million dollars in grants for several awardees operating in the Northern District of Texas. view article arw

FAFSA goes mobile for first time

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Monday, Oct. 1 is the first-day college-bound students can submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid – or FAFSA. And this year, college hopefuls can fill out their FAFSA on a mobile app for the first time. According to the National College Access Network, only 61 percent of high school students apply by the time they graduate, leaving more than $24 billion in state and federal aid on the table. view article arw

The ‘Dictionary Project’ will give every Bryan ISD third-grader a brand-new dictionary, beefed-up with the additions of maps, the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, biographies of every U.S. president and even the longest word in the English Language (Trivia note: it’s a whopping 1,909 letters). view article arw

Chevron is once again providing Ector County ISD students and teachers with a donation of $150,000 to be divided between Project Lead the Way, which will receive $100,000, and PICK Education, which will receive $50,000. Representatives from Chevron and ECISD will meet on Monday at 10:00 a.m. on the front steps of the ECISD Administration Building.  view article arw

A former board member of the Coppini Academy of Fine Arts allegedly embezzled $216,000 from the small nonprofit organization, according to documents and several people who have been associated with the academy. The Coppini Academy of Fine Arts is the legacy of Pompeo Coppini, best known locally as the artist behind the Cenotaph monument in Alamo Plaza. The academy, housed in the artist’s former studio in Olmos Park, is dedicated to Coppini’s legacy and his mission of teaching figurative art through workshops and classes. view article arw

Helping equip needy students has become an annual back-to-school tradition for Pat and Emmitt Smith, Dallas ISD, and other partners. “Five years ago, two amazing boys wrote to ask Emmitt and I to match the $300 they had earned by doing summer chores to help some classmates who were being teased because their uniforms and shoes were worn and tattered,” Pat Smith said. “We knew we could do better than that, so we partnered with Dallas ISD to aid as many students as we could who were in financial need. That first year, we helped 400 students.” view article arw

The Brownsville Centennial Foundation is bringing back Superintendent Esperanza Zendejas’ production of “Cuando Los Muertos Lloran” for a Dia De Los Muertos fundraiser Oct. 6 at the Texas Southmost College Arts Center. The event’s purpose is to raise money for scholarships for Brownsville Independent School District students and funds for educational grants for BISD teachers. Mexican artist Pablo Montero will again make a special appearance during the show. view article arw

Plainview ISD delayed the start of school on Thursday morning by two hours. Students were sheltered at The Ollie Liner Center along with school personnel. The following is the text of the announcement on the PISD Facebook page: view article arw

The Spring Hill ISD Education Foundation and Alumni Association will recognize several graduates and a faculty member during Oct. 5 homecoming celebrations. view article arw

Melissa Hardin and Laurie Tuttle were leading their fourth graders through a writing lesson Wednesday morning when the staccato of an approaching drumline got too loud to ignore inside the Oak Grove Elementary School library. view article arw

America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education called on local farmers to nominate rural schools to receive nearly $2.3 million in grants to enhance their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs. Local farmers answered the call, and the Grow Rural Education program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, a philanthropic arm of Bayer, has recognized Shallowater ISD with a $10,000 grant. Shallowater Middle School is just one of the many success stories of the Grow Rural Education program. For each winning school, teachers, students and, oftentimes, community members work together to make STEM programs more engaging. Shallowater Middle School will use the Grow Rural Education program funds to purchase dozens of student Chromebooks as they work to create innovative learning opportunities for students and to promote their digital proficiencies. view article arw

The McKinney Education Foundation will receive an added donation from McKinney ISD for the 2018-19 school year after a recent MISD board of trustees vote. MISD trustees approved two resolutions of support during a Sept. 25 meeting for the MEF and MEF Dream Builders program and donated $60,000 to the MEF. “MEF is a tremendous asset to MISD,” Chief Financial Officer Jason Bird said during the meeting. view article arw

Chevron donates $5,000 to Beckville ISD

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Chevron provided Beckville ISD with a donation of $5,000 today to help support STEM education. Pictured are Superintendent, Devin Tate, Kim Smith and Jeremy Haken from Chevron. view article arw

New buses, new safety measures and new ways to save money. San Antonio Independent School District's brand-new fleet of propane buses brings lots of perks, and the district didn't even have to pay for them. The most noticeable difference on the buses is the noise, or the lack of it, rather. view article arw

Cleburne ISD approves CEF grants

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The Cleburne Education Foundation presented grants to the Cleburne ISD board of trustees during Monday night’s meeting. The board approved three 2018-19 campus grants totaling $6,657.78. Marti Elementary School received a grant to revive their mentoring program. The grant will provide games and activities for volunteer mentors to use when getting to know their student. view article arw

The Robstown ISD has recently been awarded $2 million in grants for two programs providing resources for some students with autism and dyslexia. Robstown ISD is the pilot district for the effort, and they’ll be sharing the money with nine other area school districts. Those districts include Agua Dulce ISD, Aransas County ISD, Aransas Pass ISD, Benavides ISD, Bishop ISD, Ingleside ISD, Port Aransas ISD, San Diego ISD and Sinton ISD. view article arw

Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced Monday that applications for the 2019-2021 Grow Your Own: Teachers, Cycle 2 grant programs are being accepted. Local education agencies including school districts and open-enrollment charter schools, as well as education service centers, educator preparation programs and institutions of higher education are eligible for the grant program, which aims to elevate the teaching profession in Texas by developing high-quality education and training courses at the high school level. view article arw

La Joya ISD students can expect to see some changes outside the classroom thanks to a new grant. "We'll be able to provide after-school centers of education at ten campuses and many activities and programs for our students," Maria Leal, the district's grant coordinator, said. view article arw

The Katy ISD Education Foundation recently elected officers to lead the non-profit organization in its mission to provide resources to enrich teaching, inspire learning and enhance opportunities for students enrolled in Katy ISD.  The foundation is governed by an all-volunteer board of directors made up of Katy-West Houston business leaders, Katy ISD campus namesakes, current and former Katy ISD parent volunteer leaders, retired Katy ISD teachers and community volunteers. Elected officers include Susan Smith, President; Mike Van Hoozer, Vice-President; Robyn Pye, Treasurer; Tara Wilson, Past-President. view article arw

Two campuses in Ore City ISD are among 19 schools in Texas and California to receive STEM grants issued by the makers of the TV show “Young Sheldon,” which stars former Ore City student Montana Jordan. The Young Sheldon Stem Initiative, launched by the foundation of the show’s producer, Chuck Lorre, will offer more than $600,000 in two-year grants to support STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) programs. Texas and California schools were chosen because the series is set and filmed there, according to the Chuck Lorre Family Foundation. view article arw

Tomball ISD announced Wednesday that five of its schools were awarded a grant from The Chuck Lorre Family Foundation. The grant program—titled The Young Sheldon STEM Initiative—was inspired by the hit comedy series of the same name, according to a news release from The Chuck Lorre Family Foundation. The grant program offers two-year grants from TCLFF supporting learning in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, according to the Sept. 12 news release. The two-year educational grants total more than $600,000 and are awarded to 19 elementary, middle and high schools in Southern California and East Texas beginning in the 2018-19 school year. Inspired by “Young Sheldon,” the grant caters to schools in Southern California where the show is produced and in East Texas where the show is set, according to the news release. view article arw

The La Joya Independent School District has been named a recipient of the Texas 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant, funding for which has begun for the 2018-2019 school year. LJISD is the only district in the Rio Grande Valley to receive this grant for four years. Five other districts in the Valley received the grant, but only for a two-year period. view article arw

Alamo Heights High School students will vie for $10,000 – and bragging rights – in a “Shark Tank” style competition that will take them through the group process of becoming a startup.  The 130 junior and senior students are participating in the year-long Heights Business Incubator, an elective course that leads students from the idea phase to the development phase and through to pitching the product for their new business. The winners will receive $10,000 to fund their entrepreneurial venture. view article arw

 A grant from AEP continues to benefit the technologically savvy students over at the Laredo Independent School District. The American Electric Power Foundation Credits Count STEM Program, the Laredo College, and LISD are helping distribute 1-point-six million dollars over the course of five years. view article arw