Music from the 1950s filled the El Campo Civic Center Saturday as the Hispanic Education Project awarded 48 high school seniors a total of $20,000 during its annual scholarship banquet. “It makes me feel great that they chose me, and it’s helping me take another step further towards my goal. I wasn’t always a hard working student, but I changed that, and now when I work hard and do what I need to, it makes me feel happy,” El Campo High School senior Justin Rivera said. He plans on studying business at Texas State University and chose AVID teacher Meagan Hogg as the teacher who most impacted him. view article arw

 A big yellow school bus made its way around La Vega ISD schools today, but it was dropping off checks rather than students. Members of the La Vega Pirates Education Foundation rode the bus to all five campuses to award 13 different grants totaling more than $36,000.  view article arw

Johnston-McQueen Elementary School fifth-grader Riley McGrede knew where to go to get his daily dose of “superhero juice.” Riley honored retired Johnston-McQueen Elementary counselor Lynn Bearden on Thursday at the annual Longview ISD Foundation Lamplighter Awards. Riley said Bearden used a kind spirit to “flip (students’) frowns upside down and make a sad time into a bright, joyful time.” view article arw

Erica De Hoyos is a reading specialist instructor at Heritage Elementary in Southside ISD. She says that her love of reading began at a very young age. “I would always see my mom reading and I would want to real also, yeah,” she said. When KENS 5 visited her class, she was sharing her love of reading with her students at Heritage Elementary, and said that one-on-one time with each child is a big priority for her. view article arw

The Lindale ISD Education Foundation recently awarded more than $35,000 in grants. The $35,857.77 worth of grants went to 10 Lindale ISD teachers at all 6 campuses, according to a news release from the district. The money will be used to purchase new and innovative tools for classrooms. Funds provided by the Foundation will directly benefit students in the Lindale Independent School District and will make a positive difference for them. view article arw

For a high school senior, receiving a big envelope from a college is a good sign. It likely contains an acceptance letter, ending the waiting game and green-lighting the next adventure. Micheal Brown, a 17-year-old at Lamar High School in Houston, would know — he’s received one from all 20 elite, highly selective colleges he applied to, including four Ivy League schools, The New York Times reported. On top of that, he was offered a full ride at each college through a combination of merit - and financial-based scholarships and grants. view article arw

During the March meeting of the Red Oak ISD Board of Trustees meeting, the Red Oak Education Foundation presented a check of $80,287.91 to be distributed to teachers at every school in the district. The foundation also celebrated $1.1 million raised over the past 15 years. Throughout the process, the Red Oak ISD Education Foundation committee accepted 49 applications, totaling at 28 grants in all. Also, a district-wide grant was awarded, as well as two grants to the ROISD Police Department. view article arw

Through the micro-scholarship program RaiseMe, high school students can earn money for college based on their achievements in and out of the classroom. For example, students can qualify with anything from playing a sport or taking the SAT.   view article arw

Waskom ISD Education Foundation is switching things up this year with a new fundraiser around the corner and plans for a new senior scholarship giveaway this spring. Foundation President Terry Slone said Tuesday that the foundation, which has given more than $56,000 back to the district since its inception, is planning to give a $500 scholarship to a 2018 graduating Waskom High School senior with proceeds from its semi-annual Shop ‘Til You Drop fundraiser next month. view article arw

Teachers and students in the College Station school district will put their innovative skills on display as they demonstrate programs funded by Education Foundation grants. On Wednesday, foundation members, board members, district administrators and donors -- current and prospective -- will visit three schools and see six grants in action. view article arw

The Lubbock-Cooper Education Foundation on Thursday awarded educators on multiple Lubbock-Cooper campuses over $100,000 in grants. Lubbock-Cooper ISD faculty members submitted applications requesting grants for education projects, and the Foundation awarded all 27 of the grant requests. view article arw

Frenship Independent School District is honored to announce that two teachers, Brianne Katilus from Frenship HS Ninth Grade Center and Honey Segrist from Bennett Elementary, have been selected as winners of the Beaumont Foundation's 2018 Newton Excellence in Education Award as part of the Foundation's ongoing commitment to support education. Katilus, an English teacher at FHS NGC, has served the students of FISD for the past three years and has taught school a total of 15 years. Katilus is described as a servant leader who has helped grow the campus, department and climate of the NGC. view article arw

Brazoswood High School drum line members pounded their way into the Gladys Polk Elementary gym Thursday, followed by Buccaneer cheerleaders shaking blue-and-silver pom-poms. The students had seen the spectacle before, but that didn’t dampen their excitement. view article arw

Region 12's Technology Foundation is awarding six school districts with nearly $52,000 in grant funds. The money will support educational technology programs and the schools aren't randomly selected, there's a process to determine which of the 43 entries will receive a portion of that grant. "We do different challenges and we have to try and figure those out and it's very interesting," said Madison Gonzalez, 7th grader at Raymond Mays Middle School. Troy ISD is the second recipient of that grant. view article arw

In the crowded gym, students sat anxiously looking toward the door, waiting. There was going to be a surprise and the whole school was in on it, except for one person. The moment the doors opened and Rising Scholar Academy Principal Carrie Sauceda walked in, the school erupted in cheers. Sauceda was being celebrated as a finalist for the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards. view article arw

Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday announced that the state is releasing $2.3 million in grants to six agencies offering assistance to the victims of the November mass shooting in Sutherland Springs. The announcement comes four months and 17 days after Devin Patrick Kelley killed 26 churchgoers in the small, tight-knit community about 30 miles southeast of San Antonio. According to a news release from Abbott’s office, the funding will go to six agencies to “provide a coordinated response to assist residents of Sutherland Springs and the surrounding areas with community resiliency and recovery programs.” view article arw

After two months of pushing the community to engage in the It’s Time Texas Community Challenge, Coppell came through to place second in its category. The challenge, which is an initiative to encourage cities across Texas to engage in a healthy lifestyle, consisted of residents taking pictures of themselves engaging in a healthy activity like eating a healthy meal or going for a walk. Each activity uploaded earned points, and Coppell earned about a million points this year. view article arw

Although a few hundred dollars might not sound like much, it is impossible to overstate how much it can mean to teachers with limited funds for their classrooms, Angleton ISD Director of Public Information Hanna Chalmers said. The Angleton ISD Education Foundation‘s Grant Patrol awarded more than $41,000 in grants to 19 Angleton ISD teachers last week, Chalmers said. view article arw

College Station ISD's Education Foundation have established a new way to thank their biggest patrons with the Donor Wall of Honor. This wall of honor, located in the school district's new board room, honors more than 60 major donors, whose contributions assist the Education Foundation in providing grants for CSISD's teachers and their programs, as well as scholarships awarded to graduating seniors. view article arw

Six Austin-area teachers and two principals are finalists for the 2018 H-E-B Excellence in Education awards, the largest award program in the state that offers cash prizes for educators. The eight Central Texas educators recognized as among the best in their profession are from Austin, Pflugerville, Taylor, Dripping Springs, Marble Falls and Round Rock school districts, as well as one charter school. view article arw

Mont people dread Monday morning going to school, but this Monday, March 5, smiles and cheers spread all around the Kerens school grounds as the Kerens Education Foundation staff surprised its teachers with checks to help their students. view article arw

Foundation awards Slocum $1,500

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Grant funds attendance at science, technology congress Quinlan Independent School District Education Foundation recently awarded W.H. Ford High School sophomore Haven Slocum $1,500 to attend “The Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders” in Boston, Mass., this summer. Slocum is the first recipient of the student enrichment grant received for this school year and the second student to apply to and receive a student enrichment grant from the Quinlan ISD Education Foundation. view article arw

The Harlingen High School South Engineering Club was recently awarded a $5,000 grant for their ingenuity in the Nationwide Ford STEAM High School Community Challenge. The team took on the challenge of reducing waste production and created a new way to incentivize recycling with their Pick Up and Charge Up project. The grant will allow them to develop mobile charging stations that are powered by solar energy. Charging stations will be connected to recycle bins and charging will be a reward for recycling. The Ford STEAM High School Community Challenge focuses on students enrolled in career academies affiliated with Ford Next Generation Learning – an innovative educational program of Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company. view article arw

Kids laced up their running shoes Sunday in Georgetown to “chase the chief” — the Georgetown police chief, that is. The Sixth Annual Chase the Chief 5K and Fun Run took place at East View High School. view article arw

Funding in schools across the district can often be scarce, that’s why the Tyler Independent School District Foundation was created.  The TISD Foundation Grant surprised teachers with funding for their own special programs.  “So many teachers are going to be rewarded and have these great ideas that are students are ultimately going to benefit from,” TISD executive communications director Dawn Parnell said. view article arw

The two Vidor schools most severely impacted by Tropical Storm Harvey will each receive $20,000 to help rebuild the campus libraries. Oak Forest Elementary School and Vidor Middle School are receiving the checks Wednesday from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and American Association of School Librarians. view article arw

Principals from David Crockett Elementary and William B. Travis Elementary accepted a donation check from representatives from the Exxon Mobil Educational Alliance Program Friday morning. Both schools received a donation of $500 from Exxon Mobil to assist in learning opportunities at their respective campuses. view article arw

Representatives from The University of Texas at Tyler visited the Robert E. Lee High School campus this morning to present six deserving seniors with Presidential Fellow Scholarships. Through the scholarship, these six seniors will receive four years of tuition and associated costs completely free. view article arw

Orangefield ISD receives grant

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Orangefield ISD has been awarded a Harvey KIDS Education Fund grant in the amount of $59,000 to be used toward the refurbishment of the elementary and high school libraries. The grant was made possible through Educate Texas, whose mission is to increase post-secondary readiness, access and success for all Texas students. Educate Texas, along with their funding partners launched relief funds aimed at helping Texas students along the road to recovery from the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. view article arw

The Education Foundation of Canyon ISD hosted their annual gala to raise funds for students and teachers of the area. The Education Foundation of Canyon ISD is a non-profit fundraising organization that provides support for students and teachers in CISD through grants, programming, and scholarships.   view article arw

Devon Energy surprised Decatur’s Carson Elementary in January with a $10,000 Science Giants grant award. Science Giants is an awards program established by Devon that recognizes schools for helping students excel in science and preparing them for college and future careers. view article arw

The second annual Hooked on Education Fishing Tournament benefiting the Hallsville ISD Education Foundation reeled in some critical funding for Hallsville ISD classrooms this Saturday. Thirty-eight fishermen, making up 19 teams competed Saturday to see who could catch the most and biggest fish. view article arw

The Northwest ISD Education Foundation handed out 33 innovative teaching grants, tallying $88,000 Friday. The NEF Grant Brigade visited 17 campuses around the district, surprising educators with the various grants. view article arw

From pedal desks to drones and robots to parental involvement programs, this year’s Brownsboro ISD Education Foundation grants covered the spectrum of school needs. Every year, the foundation distributes grants to Brownsboro ISD teachers. Teachers must apply for the grants, and it’s a competitive process, said Larry Goddard, foundation advisor. view article arw

From pedal desks to drones and robots to parental involvement programs, this year’s Brownsboro ISD Education Foundation grants covered the spectrum of school needs. Every year, the foundation distributes grants to Brownsboro ISD teachers. Teachers must apply for the grants, and it’s a competitive process, said Larry Goddard, foundation advisor. “The range of ideas from our educators is impressive, forward-thinking, with students' successes as top priority” Goddard said. This year, the foundation gave out an estimated $15,000 in grants, Goddard said. This year’s recipients included: view article arw