Pearland ISD Education Foundation’s fundraising gala, originally scheduled to occur on March 21, has been tentatively postponed until May due to the coronavirus.  The gala is the foundation’s largest fundraising event of the year and has raised a total of around $600,000 over the course of its existence, according to Chief Foundation Officer Natalie Clogston. view article arw

The National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) announced today that Slaton High School in Slaton, Texas, will receive $10,000 as a finalist for the NIET Founder's Award. The school is among five across the country under consideration for the $50,000 grand prize, which will be announced at the NIET National Conference on Friday, March 27, in Indianapolis.  "Slaton High School has modeled the spirit of collaboration and student-centered practice," NIET Chairman and Founder Lowell Milken said. "Slaton High's focus on providing meaningful, daily support for educators – both those who are new to the school and longtime veterans – has resulted in student achievement gains and built the foundation for sustainability." view article arw

Some Marshall ISD teachers and students will soon have some new technology and other resources to help them continue learning this spring in creative and innovative ways, thanks to grants awarded Tuesday from the Marshall ISD Education Foundation.  The foundation and its volunteers were joined Tuesday by the Marshall High School Mavettes, cheerleaders and band members, as well as campus administration, as the group traveled from classroom to classroom and campus to campus surprising teachers with their grants. view article arw

DALHART, Texas (KFDA) - Dalhart High School is being awarded thousands of dollars to help update its culinary program.  “I’ve never heard of anything like this happen at Dalhart, and it’s just amazing. We feel so blessed," said Maddi Beckner, student at Dalhart High School.  Dalhart High School is one of eight schools throughout the country to be awarded a grant from the Rachael Ray Foundation.  The $90,000 will be used to update the culinary kitchen which is required to have a more rigorous curriculum known as ProStart. view article arw

$792,742.65 was awarded to 25 schools on the South Plains. The grant will help area school districts purchase high demand career training equipment for career and technical education programs.   Workforce Solutions of the South Plains have been working with schools in our area over the last few years. Chief Executive Officer Martin Aguirre says this money is an investment towards students success.  view article arw

Every year, the Garland ISD Education Foundation (GEF) aims to raise funds that will support and enrich education for students districtwide. GEF’s commitment, giving partners and successful campaigns made for a record-breaking fall, resulting in more than $219,000 secured in the first semester alone. view article arw

ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — Teachers and volunteers used grant money to turn a portable classroom into a spaceship for Brushy Creek Elementary students to explore new worlds.  Parents built a rover for kids at Brushy Creek Elementary to explore space. (KXAN Photo/Chris Davis)  The $2,000 grant from the Round Rock ISD Partners in Education Foundation allowed the school to transform the space into, well, space. Parents built and installed a command center in one half of the room and outfitted the other half to represent the moon. Students can explore in a rover, see the outside of the spaceship and play among the stars. view article arw

Checks totaling $75,000 were presented at Odessa College Tuesday for scholarships for Ector County ISD graduates. The Education Foundation of Odessa Scholarship is available to graduates of Ector County high schools who maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale and who can complete 10 hours of community service. view article arw

A donation of over $24,000 by Lowe's Home Improvement will help students at one Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District campus learn more about conservation. Buell Central Campus received two grants totaling $24,500. According to Buell Central Social Studies Teacher Stacey Proctor, the project was inspired by a lesion on the “Homestead Act of 1862” teaching students about how the early settlers were able to keep over 160 acres of land if they raised livestock or cultivated. view article arw

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – North Texas schools are missing out on millions in federal dollars to improve student safety.  After the 2018 high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Congress set aside $1 billion over ten years for school security. Millions have already been invested.  Yet, two years after the passage of the STOP School Violence Act, only four North Texas districts have received any of the money – Lake Worth ISD ($500,000), Weatherford ISD ($78,323), Duncanville ISD ($375,000) and Lovejoy ISD ($500,000 in 2018). view article arw

The city of Mineola will consider a grant partnership for career and technical education next month with the Mineola school district.  City Manager Mercy Rushing briefed the city council last week on the two entities using some of the Perkins Grant the school district received to hire a person full-time for six months to work on expanding the CTE program. view article arw

The first wave of Fort Bend ISD’s campus-based mental health centers opened the week students returned from winter break with at least one full-time, clinically licensed therapist per campus serving students at eight schools. The centers—located at Hightower, Marshall and Willowridge high schools; Lake Olympia, Christa McAuliffe and Missouri City middle schools; and Rosa Parks and Briargate elementary schools—are funded by a $1.5 million grant awarded under the 1984 federal Victims of Crime Act. view article arw

A program that has proven successful in curbing student substance abuse in Clear Creek schools is expanding into Friendswood this month.  The nonprofit Bay Area Alliance for Youth and Families Coalition has been in Clear Creek ISD since 2003.  “The alliance is grant-funded, and (Clear Creek Independent School District) is our fiscal agent,” BAAYFC coalition specialist Jennifer Lobaugh said. “We have now received new funds to expand to Friendswood ISD.” view article arw

Applications are now open for both the Plano Mayor’s Summer Internship Program and the Teacher Externship Program.  This year the Plano ISD Education Foundation will be taking the reins of the externship program.  Teachers who are accepted into the program are hosted by a company for a two- to three-week period and are exposed to real-world applications for their course content, as well as strategies and ideas for how to teach students in their field of study, according to Jamee Jolly, the senior executive director for the Plano ISD Education Foundation.   view article arw

BROWNSVILLE (CBS 4) — The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) awarded five organizations with grants to fund local effort to address the workforce shortage.  Texas State Technical College and Brownsville ISD received hundreds of thousands of dollars in skilled labor education. view article arw

Thirteen Garland ISD AVID students are vying for a chance to receive $20,000, a laptop, textbook credits, and ongoing educational support. The high schoolers were recently named Dell Scholar semifinalists due to their academic rigor, ambition, and perseverance. “I am proud to announce that 13 Garland ISD seniors were named Dell Scholar semifinalists,” said GISD AVID Secondary Program Manager Jean Greenidge. “The Dell Scholars Program provides students with $20,000 to put toward their college education over six years. It also provides support, including technology, mentoring and a network of previous Dell Scholars to assist students through their collegiate career.” view article arw

The Lufkin Education Foundation held its annual Grant Showcase Thursday night, allowing teachers to exhibit the culmination of grants they applied for earlier this year. “The purpose of this event is No. 1 to allow our teachers and grant recipients the opportunity to showcase the grants they received, how the funds were utilized and how it’s impacted our school system, our kids directly,” board president Demetress Harrell said.  “Our second point is, the guests we’ve invited — donors, businesses and community members — we want them to see how their funds are being utilized. We hope to encourage and increase those donations, as well — increase the investment in LISD.” view article arw

“It’s an opportunity to express our appreciation to our business partners, the donors that help us do what we do, which is award scholarships and teacher grants,” said Marshall Elementary School namesake and Spring ISD Education Foundation board member Gloria Marshall. “Without the help of our donors, we would not be able to do what we do.”  Originally founded in 1992, the Spring ISD Education Foundation has worked for more than a quarter century to support the district and its students through both ongoing and special fundraising and outreach activities, including the group’s annual Tee Up for Education charity golf tournament. Monies raised by the foundation go on to fund student scholarships and teacher grants supporting innovative campus-based projects. Since its launch, the group’s annual Grant Express event has provided nearly $1.3 million to district teachers and campuses. view article arw

The kitchen was a buzz. The judges came hungry. The competition was fierce.  Culinary students in the Frisco Independent School District put their skills to the test in a competition reminiscent of reality TV shows.  "Oh yeah, very stressful," Frisco ISD culinary arts student Sophia Broadwater said. view article arw

Hamshire-Fannett High School is in the running to win a new, state-of-the-art locker room, after a video chronicling the fallout of two catastrophic flooding events that closed two of the district’s campuses advanced in a national competition  The school is 1 of 5 in the nation to be considered by the locker manufacturer Hollman, which designs professional and collegiate locker rooms. view article arw

SWEENY — The $1.7 million donated by Chevron Phillips Chemical will do much more than put the company’s name on the side of a building. It will help deliver state-of-the-art training to Sweeny ISD’s children.  “Our classrooms will have mock hospital rooms complete with medical beds and equipment for students to learn techniques such as administering medicine, taking blood pressure readings and drawing blood from patients,” junior Haley Stroud told the crowd at the Sweeny ISD school board meeting Tuesday evening. “We will also have a clinic area to allow for patient interviews and taking vitals.” view article arw

H-E-B announced last week that eight school districts and five early childhood facilities have been selected as finalists for the retailer’s 19th annual Excellence in Education Awards program. For the sixth year in a row, H-E-B is also recognizing five public school boards to highlight the importance of strong leadership at the board level. The Elgin Independent School District Board of Trustees is one of these finalists.  view article arw

The Walmart Transportation Office in Plainview presented Hale Center ISD with a $2,000 donation collected in July 2019 during the Miles For Education fundraising drive. view article arw

The Walmart Transportation Office in Plainview presented Hale Center ISD with a $2,000 donation collected in July 2019 during the Miles For Education fundraising drive.  During the week of July 20-26, Walmart drivers – which are also known as the “Safe Fleet” – drove extra carefully in an effort to raise as much money as possible to benefit a local school. One cent was given for every accident-free mile traveled.  Troy Valdivia, safety operations manager for the Walmart Distribution Center in Plainview, said this is a company-wide fundraiser and there’s a cap at $2,000. view article arw

Officials with Pre-K 4 SA asked City Council on Wednesday to place an item on the May 2020 ballot to reauthorize the organization’s funding stream.  Council members largely voiced support for the May ballot and Pre-K 4 SA’s funding reauthorization. Mayor Ron Nirenberg said Council would consider placing the reauthorization question on a May ballot at Council’s February meeting.  However, Councilman Clayton Perry (D10) questioned whether the City and its taxpayers should have a role in funding another school system. Perry’s question may be especially pertinent, given that in the most recent legislative session, lawmakers approved additional funding for pre-K expansion in traditional school districts, mandating the districts expand their current half-day offerings to full-day programs. view article arw

Cheerleaders and a drum line from John Tyler and Lee high schools thundered through the halls of schools all over Tyler, helping make educators’ dreams come true on Tuesday.  Cheerleaders from Lee and the JT drum line led a caravan of community members partnering with the Tyler ISD Foundation through 21 campuses to present teachers and staff with big checks during the annual Grants for Great Ideas program. view article arw

TYLER, Texas (KETK) – Tyler ISD educators were awarded for their hard-working efforts as several campuses were visited by the Tyler ISD Grant Patrol who awarded more than $90,000 in educational funds. ‘Grants for Great Ideas’ is a program that offers rewards to teachers that come up with innovative ideas to advance learning.  The Tyler ISD Grant Patrol visited 21 campuses and awarded more than 37 grants to educators. view article arw

Excitement echoed down the hallways of several Tyler ISD campuses and departments Tuesday as the Tyler ISD Grant Patrol visited classrooms and offices to award more than $90,000 in grants to educators. The program is called Grants for Great Ideas, and it rewards innovative teachers with grants that go toward classroom projects that wouldn’t otherwise find funding through Tyler ISD. view article arw

An Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) elementary received a grant for its fitness program. Lyndon Baines Johnson Elementary School received a $25,000 grant as part of the Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation that began in 2014. According to the release, the grant will be used to pay for fitness equipment to address the deficit areas where children fail fitness tests and indoor fitness equipment. view article arw

Fabens ISD is the only school district in west Texas to be named a finalist. “The Fabens Independent School District is extremely honored to receive this recognition. It is a true testament to the great community we have and to the commitment made by all of our staff and students,” said Dr. Veronica Vijil, the superintendent of schools for Fabens ISD.  “We have a learning organization that is student-centered, focused on student outcomes, and embraces the growth mindset philosophy,” Dr. Vijil added. view article arw

Mesquite ISD recently announced details for a new scholarship in honor of Superintendent David Vroonland’s foster parents. The Hubert & Georgia Rossin Scholarship will recognize students in the district who have benefited from or are currently in foster care.   Vroonland spent seven years of his childhood in a loving foster home, and as a way of honoring the memory of his foster mother, who recently passed away,  Vroonland and wife Joy created a new college scholarship for MISD, dedicated to both his foster parents. 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