One school in the Dallas Independent School District received a very generous donation Wednesday to help fund tornado recovery. PNC Bank donated $50,000 to support the recovery effort of David G. Burnet Elementary School. The school's 65-year-old building was severely damaged during the October tornado outbreak. District leaders plan to use the money to enhance and supplement educational opportunities for students and staff. view article arw

Humble Independent School District will receive $25 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to build flood-prevention infrastructure at Kingwood High School. When Hurricane Harvey hit in 2017, it flooded Kingwood High School. The school suffered 5 feet of water, said Humble ISD Superintendent Elizabeth Fagen, and the students shared a campus with Summer Creek High School until March 2018. Roughly $65 million was funneled into Kingwood High School to bring the school back to its former state. Fagen wanted to make sure that something like Harvey couldn’t happen to Kingwood High School again. view article arw

Students board a bus at H.G. Olsen Elementary School after classes ended on Monday, Dec. 2. The school recently received a grant that will help students who have autism. Staff photo by Zach Perkins A grant of nearly $150,000 recently was awarded to equip H.G. Olsen Elementary School with “sensory” areas that will be beneficial to students who have autism. view article arw

The First Lady of Texas was the keynote speaker for the Brownsville Independent School District Youth in Philanthropy ceremony reminding students of the importance of service. First Lady Cecilia Abbott addressed the students from six early college high schools, all of whom participated in the semester-long Youth in Philanthropy program. view article arw

The Hutto Education Foundation and Hutto ISD board of trustees recognized 20 students who were IMPACT grant recipients at the board's Nov. 21 meeting. Those awarded with a certificate from the HEF and a superintendent's coin were acknowledged for their "excellence in academics, character and community," HEF Director Lizzy Samples said in a Nov. 24 email to Community Impact Newspaper. The Student Leadership IMPACT Grant Program is for students grades K-12 and is designed to promote HISD students' leadership skills, both on and off campus. The program aims to enhance HISD's "vision of inspiring excellence in academics, character, and community," according to HEF's grant description.   view article arw

Students with Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD will have new learning opportunities thanks to a donation from Chevron. In the school district's board meeting Thursday night Chevron presented a $75,000 check. According to a release, the school district will be using the money for STEM projects at each of their campuses. view article arw

On Thursday, $64,625 in innovative teaching grants were presented to teachers in Navasota ISD on all campuses. Board members, community members and Navasota ISD administration joined students in surprising their teachers with checks funded by the Navasota Education Foundation. This money is meant to enable more capabilities in the classroom. Officials boarded a district school bus around 9 a.m. and mad view article arw

The Navasota ISD Education Foundation gave out more than $64,000 worth of grants Thursday to district teachers for both individual and district-wide programs. “It is an awesome privilege to be able to bring grants to the schools and students who need them,” Navasota ISD Education Foundation Board President Marilyn Bettes said. view article arw

Science Show gets a boost from grant

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Mineola High School science teacher Deborah Armstrong is receiving a Science Teachers Association of Texas (STAT) Innovation Award and grant for the Science Show Extravaganza her high school students present yearly at Mineola Elementary School. The STAT Innovation Award program recognizes the best and brightest science initiatives in Texas while also offering solutions to the resource challenges schools face. MHS is one of four schools to be awarded. The $4,700 grant will be used to purchase materials and resources to implement and sustain the extravaganza.  view article arw

Plenty of hoopla accompanied the million-dollar donations that Mark Cuban and Jerry Jones made to Dallas ISD after last month’s wicked tornadoes obliterated campuses and left several thousand students with no place to learn. But just Friday, another donor -- one who generally stipulates that her giving go unnoticed --quietly dropped $1 million into the Dallas Education Foundation’s disaster-relief bucket. view article arw

Mineral Wells ISD officials took full advantage of their time in Austin during Mineral Wells’ chamber-organized trip to the state capitol to meet with legislators and agency leaders and representatives. It really paid off. As a result of a meeting with Texas Workforce Commission members, the district was awarded a $176,837 Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grant – one so competitive that of $49 million in requests this year just $2.5 million was awarded to high schools, plus another $2.5 million to colleges. view article arw

Canyon ISD teachers are getting surprised with more than $33,000 in grant money this week. The Education Foundation of Canyon ISD awarded 17 grants this semester. The group funds a variety of needs, from classroom book libraries to playground equipment for different sensory needs, to mental and emotional health training for employees. view article arw

A program founded by East Texas native, Mathew McConaughey is helping students in Longview ISD learn how to be a good neighbor and lend a helping hand. “‘Just Keep Livin’ focuses around 4 key philosophies; nutrition, fitness, and my two favorites are community service and gratitude,” said Elizabeth Ross, Longview ISD. view article arw

Some Dallas ISD students are scoring a big win in the classroom with $50,000 worth of school supplies. A Dallas Cowboy Kavon Frazier brought joy and much-needed school supplies to kids displaced by last month's tornado with donations from Dollar General. view article arw

Maypearl High School is set to take its cutting-edge agricultural science program to the next level with the addition of a greenhouse. The Maypearl Education Foundation gifted the school with a $3,358.95 grant for the purchase of the climate-regulated plant-growing structure on Nov. 6. view article arw

On Nov. 12 Christmas came early for more than 110 Plano ISD teachers, counselors and librarians as together they received a total of $125,000 in educational grants. Grants to Educators, a program of the Plano ISD Education Foundation, graciously provides funds to Plano ISD educators each year ranging in value from $250 to $1,500. Teachers, grades or entire schools had the ability to apply for these grants which will financially support projects that demonstrate instructional excellence. view article arw

Pfluger Elementary educators Nicki Larson (left) and Brooke Borreson got quite the surprise Monday when they were presented a $27,000 check for winning first place in Voya Financial’s Unsung Heroes program. Through Unsung Heroes, Voya Financial awards educators across the country with grants for innovative teaching ideas. Borreson and Larson submitted their idea “Switch it!,” which focuses on helping students with special needs and disabilities interact with switch-adapted toys, according to a release. view article arw

Berta Palacios Elementary Librarian Linda Hinojosa has been awarded the $1,000 H-E-B Read 3 prize that will be used to purchase books for students during upcoming campus literacy events. H-E-B launched their statewide literacy program called Read 3 in 2011 with the goal of getting parents and/or guardians to read to their children three times a week for at least 30 minutes. view article arw

Beaumont ISD is getting a helping hand in its Imelda recovery process thanks to ExxonMobil. At Tuesday night's board meeting, the school received a $50,000 check to help restore Beaumont United High School and Fehl-Price Elementary after Imelda damaged the campuses. The money will also go toward supporting STEM education initiatives throughout school in Beaumont ISD.  view article arw

El Paso ISD receives grant

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The Council on Regional Economic Expansion and Educational Development, an El Paso nonprofit better known as CREEED, has awarded El Paso Independent School District a $100,000 grant. The funding will support scholarships for 50 teachers as part of CREEED’s accelerated teacher certification scholarship program. The program helps high school teachers complete master’s degree programs in their subject areas, enabling them to be certified to teach dual-credit courses throughout the district. view article arw

Led by those in the College Station High School and A&M Consolidated High School drum line and cheer squad, members of the College Station ISD Education Foundation and school district surprised teachers throughout the district with thousands of dollars in grant on Wednesday. By the end of the day, the Education Foundation’s annual Grant Patrol had handed out 60 grants totaling $185,372. The grants will help 135 teachers, representing all 19 College Station campuses. view article arw

The Council on Regional Economic Expansion and Educational Development (CREEED) presented the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD) a grant to help more students graduate from high school prepared to thrive in college. According to an EPISD NEWS release, this $100K grant will allow high school teachers to complete their master’s degrees in their subject areas, allowing them to teach certified dual-credit courses throughout EPISD. “This initiative aligns with our efforts to invest in teacher development, as well as our goal to set up more students for success in college”, said Richard Castro, Chairman of CREEED in EPISD release. view article arw

The El Paso Independent School District just got a $100,000 grant to help its students be better prepared for college. This money will benefit both students and teachers. The Council on Regional Economic Expansion and Educational Development (CREED) is going to be funding scholarships for EPISD teachers, allowing them to get certified to teach dual credit classes. view article arw

Last year, basketball superstar LeBron James underwrote a new public school in an Akron, Ohio, school district, designed to provide academics as well as social and emotional supports to at-risk students. Now he’s adding to that investment, partnering with a hotel chain to build transitional housing for families whose children attend the I Promise school but are experiencing homelessness or struggle to have stable, safe housing. view article arw

Plainview ISD receives grant from EDC

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The American Welding Society predicts a severe shortage of welders within the next five years. There are jobs out there for it, but fewer people are qualified, according to Ryan Brundage, welding instructor for Plainview ISD. view article arw

“It means a lot,” she shared, while waving her fingers in front of her eyes to try and stem the tears that quickly filled them. “We came here last week with absolutely nothing and the fact that all of these people want to help us out, help our kids out.  It means so much.” view article arw

Waco Independent School District is planning to spend nearly $650,000 to add and improve surveillance cameras and upgrade security at entry points at all its campuses with the help of a federal grant. Waco ISD was one of nine Texas recipients awarded a total of $85.3 million to increase school security, train students and staff and to support first responders on scene of a school shooting or other violent event. view article arw

Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys announced a $1 million gift to the Dallas ISD on Saturday, almost a week after a tornado damaged several district schools. Hours later, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban tweeted, "Well done Jerry!!! I'll match your generosity!" view article arw

Prosper is ground zero for pediatric supremacy, with both Children’s Health and Cook Children’s purchasing property there this year as DFW’s population explodes northward. Both systems announced plans to build pediatric hospitals in the suburb, and a freedom of information request from the Dallas Morning News revealed an additional $2.85 million worth of programs headed to Prosper in addition to the $2.5 million football stadium named for the system. view article arw

Oct. 21, the Brenham ISD Education Foundation presented a check to Brenham ISD in the amount of $77,656 for the 2019-2020 mini-grant requests. “This is the greatest amount ever funded for mini-grants,” Kim Weatherby, BISD Education Foundation secretary said. “We’ve grown from distributing just over $4,000 in 2004 to now over $77,000 in 2019. We are grateful for the growth of our annual fundraiser, our corporate and local sponsors and BISD departments who united with our foundation to generate such a rewarding contribution to BISD.” view article arw

Run or walk with the Katy ISD Education Foundation in the Katy Half Marathon/5k/1k on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at Katy Mills Mall to raise funds for the Inspiring Imagination teacher grant program. The Katy ISD Education Foundation celebrated a spectacular milestone this year with $1,600,000 awarded in its first seven years of Inspiring Imagination teacher grants. Reason2Race and the proceeds play a key role in reaching milestones such as this, and will continue to garner support as the foundation's grant program expands.  view article arw

Unbelievable. @mcuban  just announced he is donating a total of $1.1 million to the Dallas Education Foundation to support our school communities impacted by Sunday’s storms. #DallasISDStrong #DallasEdFoundation @mphav   read more arw

The Temple Education Foundation hosted their annual Distinguished Alumni Event Thursday evening to honor four local leaders who have impacted Temple Independent School District students over the years. Thomas Baird, Dr. Sonjanette Bailey Crossley, Dorothy Armstrong Powell and Wendell Williams were honored at the event. It was the first time the foundation honored four community leaders. view article arw

Mark Cuban plans to donate $100,000 to the Dallas Education Foundation, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson's office told WFAA on Thursday. The money will be for the most urgent needs of the schools impacted by the EF-3 tornado that tore through North Dallas on Sunday. Dozens of schools across the metroplex were affected for days by the storms that hit the area and generated nine different tornadoes, but Dallas ISD was hit particularly hard. view article arw

Heavy morning rains did not stop community partners and business owners from showing up at Northgate Country Club on Monday ready to tee off for the 15th annual Spring ISD Education Foundation’s “Tee Up for Education” charity golf tournament. The Education Foundation, in its 26th year, hosts the tournament annually to raise money to support Spring ISD students and teachers through scholarships and grants. The event is a fun tradition for the Spring community and brought out more than 75 golfers for the Education Foundation’s biggest fundraiser. view article arw