Seguin ISD was recently awarded a pair of federal grants that are aimed at bolstering the school district’s safety and student experiences. “We certainly have an idea of what we can do with these dollars for both grants, but we haven’t specifically outlined how the dollars will be utilized yet,” Seguin ISD superintendent Matthew Gutierrez said. view article arw

The students of Barrera Veterans Elementary School is full of Bulldog pride Friday after being surprised by  the Somerset ISD Education Foundation. Three teachers were given grant money, ranging from $1,000 to $2,500, from the district's foundation for projects that will help their students grow and learn. Sixteen other grants were awarded to teachers across the district, totaling nearly $30,000. view article arw

Students at Grandview ISD will soon learn more about weather with the help of a farm organization. Officials with the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program presented a $10,000 grant to the district on Friday during a pep rally at Grandview High School. The money will be for the district to implement the weather system, Earth Networks. The AFGRE program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, allows eligible farmers to nominate their local public school district for grants to help enhance STEM education — science, technology, engineering and math, according to its website.  view article arw

The Leander Educational Excellence Foundation spring grant application period is now open. The deadline for Leander ISD teachers to apply for an Innovative Teaching Grant is Dec. 2, according to LEEF Executive Director Kristen Huguley. Grants are available to LISD employees “in good standing,” according to the LEEF website. Proposals should explain how the funding would improve professional development and/or help to implement new programs. view article arw

A Corpus Christi nonprofit organization won a $10,000 grant to boost the number of high schoolers who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The National College Access Network awarded the grant to Citizens for Educational Excellence in late September. Corpus Christi was one of five cities across the country to win grants for their efforts this year. The award came after the organization helped the Corpus Christi Independent School District increase its FAFSA completion rate last year by almost 5 percentage points — from about 53% of high school students to almost 58%. view article arw

Football is a game of communication and innovation. One local school blends those pillars in a unique way. At Texas School for the Deaf, football is played with a few subtle twists. While some teams communicate with signs, the Rangers communicate with sign language. view article arw

FAFSA open for 2020-21 school year

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High school seniors who wish to attend college next fall can now apply for financial aid. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid — FAFSA — rolled out on Tuesday for students who plan on attending a junior college or university in fall 2020. Local officials encourage students to apply for aid as soon as possible.  view article arw

Grape Creek ISD was awarded a $10,000 grant by the Grow Rural Education Program sponsored by the Bayer Fund. A check was presented by Jearl Holland, representative of Bayer Crop Science and local farmer Scott Smetana. “When we got the word that we were nominated, we had the hopes and then went through the process.” Superintendent Angie Smetana said. The Grow Rural Education program, sponsored by the Bayer Fund, allows farmers in rural areas to nominate their local public school to receive a grant towards the STEM programs. view article arw

A grant award totaling more than $1 million will be putting a lot of new buses on the road for Cleburne ISD. The district will be receiving $1,096,197 through the Texas Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Program, which is being administered by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The CISD board of trustees gave approval in June for Transportation Director Chad VanWinkle to submit an application to the grant awards program, which is open to the state’s public entities.  view article arw

The Leander Educational Excellence Foundation awarded $13,836 to 14 Leander ISD campuses and the administration office Sept. 26. According to a press release, LEEF’s fall innovation grant program handed out 24 grants to the following: view article arw

Alice Independent School District received notice Tuesday, Oct. 1 that the district had been selected to receive funding under the School Climate Transformation Grants from the U.S Department of Education. The grant award for the first year is $728,259, and renewable for up to five years, totaling $3,658,112. “We are extremely grateful to be awarded the School Climate Transformation Grant from the United States Department of Education. This grant will benefit the students and staff of Alice ISD by providing additional social and emotional support, services, and training,” said Alice ISD Superintendent Dr. Carl Scarbrough. view article arw

Around 20 new buses will be joining the Conroe Independent School District fleet soon with the help of a significant grant from the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality. At the Sept. 17 meeting of the Conroe ISD Board of Trustees, the board voted to accept a Texas Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Program grant administered by the TCEQ that may reimburse the district for up to $1,652,792 on new buses. This money will allow CISD to replace up to 20 older diesel school buses in the district fleet with newer models of a similar size that have lower emissions. view article arw

Twenty public school campuses are receiving innovation grants with $1 million from the Dallas Independent School District budget this year. The grants of $50,000 have been awarded after a 65 school competition for the money. North Dallas High School is using the money to expand what educators call "Design Thinking." view article arw

The West Ridge Middle School booster club presented a $36,500 donation to Eanes ISD during a Sept. 24 meeting. view article arw

As Cooper High School Principal Lyndsey Williamson opened the door to Esmeralda Conover's classroom Tuesday morning, the anticipation built. Conover was the school's first of seven teachers selected by the Abilene Education Foundation to receive grants this year through the foundation's STAR Teacher program. Several members of the AEF staff waited for Williamson, armed with noisemakers, balloons and — most importantly — the $654 that Conover had requested. view article arw

Six Cooper employees were among a record number of Abilene ISD teachers who won STAR Teacher grants from the Abilene Education Foundation this week view article arw

Guan Saw a researcher at UTSA, an urban serving university, is contributing to the advancement of knowledge for improving Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and workforce preparation, especially among historically underserved and underrepresented students. view article arw

WOCCISD Education Foundation President Krispen Walker said, “On August 20, 2019, the WOCCISD Education Foundation was honored to present 10 grant awards totaling just over $24,000 to the worthy educators in our district.  view article arw

For the first time in a very long time, Electra High School leaders are purchasing new equipment for their science department after being awarded a $30,000 grant. Since 2010 the Arconic Foundation has given more than $1.5 million in grants and company officials said it plans to continue this tradition of giving. “I try to do quite a bit of lab but we didn’t have the supplies for it so that’s why I applied for this grant,” Electra High School Teacher Kayla Elam said. view article arw

The Westlake High School Parent Teacher Organization donated $57,531.23 to Eanes ISD for the construction of an outdoor classroom at Westlake High School. The board of trustees voted to accept the donation during a special board meeting Sept. 9. view article arw

Two of Mesquite ISD’s high schools recently received a grant after meeting specific criteria for Carter BloodCare’s Great Grants Program. The grant checks are presented to each school administration individually at the start of the school year. West Mesquite High School received $1,500 and John Horn High received $2,500. view article arw

The Texas Oil & Gas Association released the following column as a part of TXOGA’s year-long celebration of its centennial anniversary. All across Texas, students, their parents, teachers and school administrators are getting back into the swing of things as this new school year has started. While curriculum, classroom materials and technology have changed over the decades, one thing has remained constant – the meaningful impact the Texas oil and natural gas industry has had in the success of our state’s education system. view article arw

Shallowater ISD will be enhancing their STEM curriculum after the district was awarded a $25,000 grant by America's Farmers Grow Rural Education. America's Farmers Grow Rural Education partnered with local farmers at the start of 2019 to nominate rural school with the main purpose being to expand their science, technology, engineering and math programs. According to the organization, Shallowater ISD will be using the Grow Rural Education grant to create a course into Plant Science and floral design. view article arw

There will be an increased focus on mental health throughout Dickinson ISD this school year thanks to a $1.2 million grant from the Rebuild Texas Fund, which is a collaborative project of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and the OneStar Foundation to support the rebuilding efforts in communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The grant was approved and accepted by the Dickinson ISD Board of Trustees at the August 26 meeting. “Two years ago today, Hurricane Harvey covered many parts of Dickinson ISD with several feet of flood water from Hurricane Harvey. Residents were faced with the daunting task of overcoming and rebuilding,” said Superintendent Carla Voelkel. “Now two years later, this process still continues for many families and it has taken an emotional toll on our students, their parents and the community.” view article arw

Floral design is becoming a blooming industry nation-wide. The need for more florists has school districts like Shallowater shifting its programs to accommodate. The mustang floral curriculum is now considered a science, technology, engineering, and math program.  view article arw

Rebuild Texas Fund  has awarded its final grantee round and released its 2-Year Report. The Progress Report provides a look at the resiliency of communities and the impact local organizations are having on residents’ daily lives throughout the Texas Gulf Coast.  view article arw

FEMA announced Monday that they would give money the Port Aransas Independent School District a grant for over $1 million to repair athletic fields damaged during Hurricane Harvey. The grant comes from FEMA's Public Assistance Program, which is used to reimburse eligible applicants for money they spent during recovery from a disaster. view article arw

Monday, the Council on Regional Economic Expansion and Educational Development (CREEED) awarded $150,000 in scholarship funds to 75 teachers in the Socorro Independent School District through its Accelerated Certification of Teachers (ACT El Paso) Scholarship Program. The funding will help educators attain dual-credit certifications, dramatically expanding the number of Socorro ISD high school teachers to teach dual-credit courses. view article arw

Martin Chevrolet's Janet Martin-Clark (left to right), Abel Soto, Chris Gohselig, Marcos Cantu and Efrain Salazar participate in an open house on Saturday to benefit Cleveland ISD. view article arw

The South Texas College Regional Center for Public Safety Excellence will convert a classroom through a $700,000 grant to expand a lab with special equipment to educate students on cybersecurity. South Texas College and Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District are under a partnership to receive the grant. District students can take classes in cybersecurity through the partnership at the lab and earn a cybersecurity specialist certificate. view article arw

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality announced Aug. 5 that Eanes ISD will acquire $1.1 million in federal grant money from the Texas Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Program settlement for the replacement of the district’s diesel school buses. EISD is one of four entities in the Austin area set to receive funds for more environmentally conscious buses. view article arw

Grants to bolster local workforce

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South Texas College will partner with three local school districts in Hidalgo County after receiving a grant totaling over $600,000 to train students for “high-demand jobs.” The Texas Workforce Commission presented four checks to South Texas College and the Weslaco, Mission and Monte Alto school districts this week through the Jobs and Education for Texans grant. This is an initiative by the Texas Workforce Commission toward enhancing training and curriculum for high-demanding training for high school and community college students. The funds will go toward purchasing equipment to train students. view article arw

They don’t know the details yet, but it’s all good. The Harlingen school district has just learned it’s been awarded a $200,000 grant for its early childhood program. The grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation may come in the form of money, supplies or services. view article arw

A recent Greater Texas Foundation grant will extend a partnership between Texas A&M and the National College Advising Corps to provide counselors at the two Bryan comprehensive high schools.  The $160,000 grant will extend the partnership for two years, putting a recent Texas A&M graduate on the Bryan High School and Rudder High School campuses. view article arw

The Victoria Independent School District received a grant from Rebuild Texas. Several campuses in the district still need attention due to damage from Hurricane Harvey. With the $657,000 Rebuild Texas grant, VISD will fix the roofs at two campuses.  view article arw