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PAINT ROCK, TX – After losing water last week during the winter storm, Paint Rock ISD has announced that students will get back to class on Wednesday thanks to the Ballinger Walmart. Please plan to be back on a normal schedule, with kids, on Wednesday, February 24th, stated Paint Rock ISD in a release. They were planning to come back to school on Thursday, but the water situation has improved and now we have enough bottled water. Busses will run at the regular times. view article arw

Bowie residents eligible for FEMA aid

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Bowie County is among more than 30 Texas counties added Monday to a list of those whose residents can apply for individual federal disaster relief after last week's winter storms. view article arw

Del Valle Independent School District (DVISD) is located southeast of Austin, Texas with 86 percent of the student population on free or reduced lunch. The population of Del Valle is just under 30,000 residents and 84 percent of the student population is Hispanic.  DVISD won a 2020 ChessKid Grant for their elementary students that provides more than 1400 students free gold accounts and unlimited access to the ChessKid program.

AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Amarillo College has received a grant from the Greater Texas Foundation that will enable educators from AC and Caprock High School to join forces to create a data ecosystem to ensure more students attain postsecondary degrees and credentials. The grant is valued at $181,695. The grant will support AC’s efforts to introduce those same predictive-modeling techniques to its largest feeder high school – Caprock – to create data pipelines necessary to build and maintain seamless pathways from the freshman year of high school through college graduation. view article arw

GRAHAM, Texas (TNN) - Graham Savings and Loan Bank President Codie Hedge presented a check for $2,500 to Graham ISD on Wednesday. The money was raised through the GISD Debit Card Program. GSL donates five cents to local independent school districts with every transaction. The five cents are no additional cost to you, just a donation made from the bank. view article arw

HENRIETTA, Texas (TNN) - Howmet Aerospace awarded Henrietta ISD with a STEM grant on Tuesday. Howmet employees Howard McDaris and Harlan Laseman, a Henrietta graduate, helped present the $31,000 award. The superintendent says the money will help expand and fund their STEM program. Accepting the grant on behalf of Henrietta ISD were superintendent Scot Clayton, High School Principal Terry McCutchen and Elementary School Assistant Principal Sarah Scribner. The school district was grateful for the company’s generous support. view article arw

EPISD Education Foundation-sponsored scholarships including partner funds are now available and easily accessible by logging on to The new platform was introduced earlier in the school year to EPISD students giving them a streamlined website to apply for multiple scholarships. “The partnership between EPISD and Going Merry is an exciting opportunity for both our students and counselors because it streamlines the process of applying for both national and local scholarships into one area,” said Richard Couder, college readiness coordinator. “The main benefit that Going Merry provides is that it allows counselors to keep track of what scholarships students have started and be able to provide the support and motivation that students may need to start and finish a scholarship application. Hopefully, this will lead to a greater number of our students earning more money for college.” view article arw

CLUTE — Brazosport ISD’s career and technical education programs are already halfway to their $5 million fundraising goal after Dow Chemical Co.’s opening donation to its Major Giving Campaign. Dow Chemical announced its $2.5 million donation Monday to support the district’s efforts to provide students with career opportunities in the chemical industry, Dow spokeswoman Gabriella Cone said in an email Monday. view article arw

The Garland ISD Education Foundation (GEF) has helped students and staff of GISD through partnerships and funds to support the education of students in the district. This year, the GEF started surprising GISD staff members with rewards in grants and scholarships. The foundation has delivered more than $190,000 in the first week and has helped educators, support staff and administrators. Grants and scholarships have been funded through Helping Hand grants, Tinsel and Trivia community organization-funded “Grant Me Now,” grants, traditional GEF grants and continued education scholarships.  view article arw

The Eanes Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to funding teacher positions within Eanes ISD, presented a $206,000 donation to the district during a Jan. 26 board of trustees meeting. The donations were made through the EEF’s 10 for 10 fund for the 2020-21 school year, which set aside 10% of all teacher fund donations to finance 10 permanent full-time substitute teachers. The permanent positions will serve as a relief to the district amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. view article arw

Bonham ISD is proud and honored to have four classroom teachers awarded Bonham Education Foundation Grants for 2021. Our winners are IW Evans teachers, Pat Goodwin and Sharon Roberts, and LH Rather teachers, Cherie Frazier and Mattie Winkels. view article arw

JEFFERSON — Jefferson ISD trustees have accepted a donation to install a new scoreboard at the Bulldogs’ Stadium, Jefferson ISD Superintendent Rob Barnwell said Friday. Jefferson ISD trustees Tuesday accepted a donation of about $39,500 from Lee Haggard of Riverside Bank of Jefferson to put toward the cost of the scoreboard. Barnwell said Friday he didn’t know the exact age of the current scoreboard but hopes to have the new scoreboard installed by the spring. The donation from Riverside Bank of Jefferson will cover the cost of the new scoreboard, and the bank will receive advertising rights to the new installation. view article arw

An Archer City ISD preschool teacher is being thanked along with her famous sister for helping teachers around the country get some appreciation. Staples sent Janet Kinsey a gift box for participating in a commercial for the company’s Thank A Teacher program that was made by Janet’s sister Angela, an actress and comedian known for her roles on shows like The Office. view article arw

Last month, the Northwest ISD Education Foundation presented $61,486.57 in teaching grants and $45,000 to be split among the district’s campuses. The foundation surprised teachers with the grants — which will fund innovative projects — during its annual Five Days of Giving campaign just before the winter break began. NEF aligned with COVID-19 health and safety protocols, stretching the award presentations from one day to five and utilizing times when students were not present on campus, according to a news release from Northwest ISD. view article arw

Dallas ISD announced today it received a $50,000 grant from Truist Financial Corporation to continue and expand meal service to children and families in need during this crisis. The funds will support unanticipated costs, such as specialty packaging and equipment to ensure safe, effective, and efficient delivery of grab-n-go meals. view article arw

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - TASA has named the 2021 recipients of its Johnny L. Veselka Scholarship, which has been awarded annually since 2014 to outstanding doctoral students pursuing careers in educational leadership, with particular emphasis on the superintendency.The recipients were selected from among a pool of applicants by the TASA Johnny L. Veselka Scholarship Committee, a group of Texas school superintendents and other public school district administrators.  Each of the following recipients will receive a $2,500 scholarship and be recognized during the 2021 TASA Midwinter Conference, which will be conducted virtually January 25-27.  Cicely Alexander is working toward her doctorate in educational leadership at Texas Tech University. view article arw

SPLENDORA, TX – Entergy Texas recently gave $13,144 in incentives to Splendora Independent School District as part of its Commercial Solutions Program though Entergy Solutions, which provides technical and financial support to help customers identify and implement projects that reduce energy use.  The Commercial Solutions Program is offered to institutional and public entities, including local state and federal governments, public/private schools and colleges in the Entergy Texas service area. The program helps facility professionals understand the technical and financial benefits of investing in energy efficiency and develop an improvement plan. The program does not prescribe technologies or end uses, but instead provides a framework through which the participants can receive incentives for implementing and installing a wide range of energy efficiency improvements at their sites. view article arw

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — It’s been a busy year for Parkland Pre-Engineering Middle School math teacher Michelle Sandoval Villegas. Earlier this year, she was honored as the 2020 Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year. Now, she’s the recipient of the 2021 NEA Foundation excellence award.  Villegas has been teaching for 13 years in the Ysleta Independent School District and was honored during a virtual awards ceremony Friday.  “Being a teacher during a pandemic is definitely no easy feat – if I could literally break this award into so many pieces, I would give a piece to all teachers right now because they deserve all the recognition possible,” Villegas said. “This is truly an honor, and I will continue to advocate for students from afar because they deserve every single bit of the love and compassion and joy that education brings for them every single day.” view article arw

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Beginning with the 2021-22 school year, Tarleton State University will provide annual scholarships and guarantee admission to Allen High School seniors who graduate in the top 50 percent of their class.  The Allen Independent School District and Tarleton leaders cemented the agreement last week.  As part of the Distinguished High School Partnership, Tarleton will waive ACT (American College Test) or SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) requirements for these students and application fees for those who qualify. The university will offer scholarships of at least $1,000 each year to Allen’s top graduates. view article arw

National data shows just 24% of Texas high school seniors have filled out federal financial aid forms, a nearly 15% decline from the same time last year.  The number of Texas high school seniors filling out the federal financial aid application for college, known as FAFSA, is down so far from last year, a sign worrying state higher education leaders that the COVID-19 pandemic is still disrupting many students’ pathway to college.  According to the National College Attainment Network’s FAFSA tracker, just 24% of Texas seniors have filled out the vital Free Application for Federal Student Aid as of Nov. 20, a 14.6% decline compared to the same time last year.  Preliminary enrollment data from the state shows this fall’s college enrollment was down 3%, or more than 47,000 students, primarily among community colleges.    (02) view article arw

Port Aransas schools are getting reimbursed for measures they took to get things up and running after Hurricane Harvey. The district on Monday announced it had received a grant for more than $1.2 million Federal Emergency Management Agency to help pay for things such as generators, air dryers, portables and security. Those items and more were needed in the aftermath of the Category 4 storm hit the area Aug. 25, 2017. view article arw

The Round Rock school district awarded $1.9 million in grants to 34 campuses to help foster innovation in schools through programs, models or initiatives that enrich learning. The grants range from $7,500 to $100,000 and support the district’s strategic goal of implementing, enhancing and reinforcing innovative teachings and learning models, according to a district news release. view article arw

Texas Instruments (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN)announced today that its 2015 corporate and foundation giving to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education totals almost $6 million. Focused on collaborative strategies to improve student success and teaching effectiveness in STEM education, TI and the Texas Instruments Foundation designate "Power of STEM Education" grants to a variety of nonprofit partners and educators in targeted communities where the company has a major design or manufacturing presence. Special emphasis is given to programs that reach female and minority students who are underrepresented in science and engineering careers today. view article arw

A local school that has been underperforming for years, is shaking things up for the new school year with the help of a $4.8 million grant. Indian Spring Middle School is under a state mandate to turn things around and their principal is hoping this multi-million dollar grant will help them do just that. view article arw