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Trustees for Union Grove ISD accepted a donation for its softball scoreboard Monday night. view article arw

Waskom ISD Education Foundation is set to host its semi-annual “Shop Til You Drop” event just in time for the Christmas season. The shopping event, set from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 1 at the Waskom High School cafeteria, serves as a fundraiser for the foundation, which provides grants to Waskom ISD teachers to help supplement learning tools in their classroom, as well as provide scholarships for graduating Waskom High School seniors. “We are looking at having about 20 or so vendors at this event,” Foundation President Terry Slone said on Friday. “We will also have a raffle for a four-seat bar height table made by the Waskom FFA. They have donated the table and chairs to us for our fundraiser and we will sell raffle tickets, one for $5 or five tickets for $20. Last year the Waskom FFA made us a swing to raffle off and that raffle was very successful.” view article arw

A total of 27 employees across eight different schools in Copperas Cove Independent School District were given the surprise of a lifetime on Wednesday. "As soon as I heard it I was like 'Ahhh,' it might be me and I think turned red," first-grade teacher Hillary Newton said. The Copperas Cove Education Foundation awarded a total of $24,583. view article arw

The Alvin ISD Education Foundation Winners Wagon visited campuses in Alvin ISD to surprise teachers with Innovative Teaching Grants. The grants were funded through generous donations at the annual Foundation Fall Gala. Through Adopt a Grant, gala attendees were able to donate toward the grants in the silent and live auctions. view article arw

Christmas came early for teachers at 17 College Station campuses Wednesday as they were surprised with innovative teacher grants from the College Station ISD Education Foundation. The 20th annual Grant Patrol -- made up of foundation board and staff members, donors and district drumline and cheerleading students -- delivered 43 grants totaling $156,012. The day started at Greens Prairie Elementary School's morning assembly before the group of Education Foundation donors, board members, staff members and district administrators split into three groups to deliver all the grants. 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 district has already spent millions of dollars on their recovery effort and it was welcome news for the students of the Port Aransas Independent School District. The district has gone through a lot since Hurricane Harvey. This is the largest amount in reimbursements headed the districts way. FEMA’s funds total to 1.2 million dollars, and the road to recovery has gotten a little better. view article arw

Carthage ISD Superintendent Glenn Hambrick and Board President Ben Donald accept a $1,500 donation to the Carthage ISD Education Foundation at Thursday’s Carthage Noon Lions Club meeting. view article arw

Dow Chemical Co. gave Brazosport ISD $200,000 to fund innovative school programs, but it’s not a donation, Site Director for Dow Texas Operations Rich Wells said. Rather, it’s an investment into the students who will be the leaders and workers of the future, he said.  This investment funded Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Math, or STREAM, labs at Freeport and A.P. Beutel elementary schools as well as Stephen F. Austin STEM Academy. It also funded Project Lead the Way, which will expand high school students’ career and technical education options. view article arw

City of Melissa gifts $40,000 grant to Melissa Schools Mayor Reed Greer and Mayor Pro-tem Jay Northcut of the Melissa City Council announced Monday evening that the City of Melissa has gifted a $40,000 grant to Melissa Schools to help enhance safety and security. “We’re very committed to our relationship with Melissa ISD,” said Northcut. “You’ve made us a part of Team Melissa and we appreciate that. We are always thinking about what we can do to enhance that relationship with the school.” view article arw

Read Fort Worth won a $100,000 donation from “Reliant Gives” during a special presentation hosted by Fort Worth ISD at North Hi Mount Elementary Oct. 23. Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Dr. Kent P. Scribner, Read Fort Worth Executive Director Anel Mercado and Reliant President Elizabeth Killinger were on hand for the announcement. view article arw

One homebuilder wants to make sure children don’t go hungry. This morning, Bart and Michelle Braselton of Braselton Homes donated $4,000 to the Food for Life’s “Snack Pack Program” and West Oso Independent School District. view article arw

Motivational speakers, author visits and a “live” museum are just some of the activities the classrooms at Navarro ISD are going to have the opportunity to experience with the help of the Navarro Education Foundation. The foundation awarded 43 classroom grants — totaling to $53,287 — on Friday to fund educational activities that will help enhance the classroom experience. view article arw

Two Brazos Valley school districts are getting some recognition for their energy efficiency. From an Entergy press release:  Entergy Texas’ Entergy Solutions Program recently presented Huntsville Independent School District School Board with an incentive check for $26,208.54. The incentive was paid as part of the Commercial Solutions Program, which provides technical and financial support to help commercial Entergy customers identify and implement projects that reduce energy usage. In 2018, the district installed high-efficiency LED lighting at Huntsville High School, Mance Park Middle School and Huntsville Elementary. The high school campus also underwent efficiency upgrades to its water-cooled chiller system. view article arw

Premont ISD Trustees get H-E-B Award

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The Premont Independent School Board of Trustees was nominated for the H-E-B Excellence in Education Texas School Board of the Year Award. Board Members are Richard Waterhouse, Lee Rodriguez, Naida Martinez, Hervey Jaramillo, Fred Gutierrez, Frank Rios Jr. and Debra Lopez. view article arw

The Aransas Pass Independent School District’s 2017- 2018 budget will end the fiscal year on a positive note, and in the black, thanks to grant funding provided from several sources, most significantly a $2.3 million emergency impact aid grant, according to information presented to trustees at a regular term meeting Monday, Oct. 8. Due to Monday press deadlines before the trustee meeting, action is not able to be published until the week after the meeting. Interim Superintendent Cara Cooke explained the Emergency Impact Aid grant totals $2,348,111 and was awarded to the district based on the number of displaced students due to Hurricane Harvey. view article arw

Region One Education Services Center announced it received $7 million worth of grants Tuesday. The funds will benefit 14,000 students across the Rio Grande Valley. view article arw

Houston Methodist Clear Lake last week unveiled it will donate $500,000 to the Clear Creek Education Foundation to support Clear Creek ISD’s The Leader in Me program, which is expanding in 14 schools over the next five years. The program teaches leadership and life skills to students and empowers them with the mindset that every student can be a leader. This creates a culture that leads to academic, behavioral and social improvements of participating students, according to a press release. view article arw

The Coppell ISD Education Foundation (CEF) will kick off its annual Give for Grants Campaign on Oct. 22. The campaign will last until Nov. 16. Angie Arthur, CISD foundation development coordinator, said the foundation’s goal is to raise $15,000, which will be used to support its grant programs. “The purpose of the CEF is to support the district. We raise money and give it back to the school through grants,” Arthur said. view article arw

District has received Linking Education to Success (LETS) Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant four times in past two decades  The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $5.9 million grant to Lufkin ISD over the next seven years. “Lufkin ISD is thrilled to receive the LETS GEAR UP grant during this federal funding cycle,” Superintendent Lynn Torres said. “To be presented this grant once is an honor, but to receive it a fourth time, is beyond what I could have hoped. Lufkin ISD is committed to the success of all students. With this grant, we will be able to leverage more resources to ensure that all Lufkin ISD students will be college and career ready when they graduate from high school.” view article arw

Trustees for Union Grove ISD approved a donation Monday that will fund a new baseball scoreboard, Superintendent Kelly Moore said Thursday. ABC Auto Parts donated $20,939 for the purchase of the new scoreboard, Moore said. view article arw

Spectators at the Klein Collins High School vs. Klein Oak High School football game on Oct. 5, cheered about more than just the rivalry on the field. Sponsored by The Kailee Mills Foundation in cooperation with Klein ISD, the community seat belt awareness event named “Wave to Save Lives” featured fans using towels to root for their respective teams. Event coordinators also prepared synchronized towel waves around the stadium to raise awareness for seat belt safety. view article arw

Bay City ISD has received a $96,000 grant from the Save the Children Federation, Inc, commonly known as Save the Children USA. The grant is to support the district's early literacy balanced literature and guided reading program at the elementary campuses. According to BCISD Chief Curriculum Officer Lisa Moya, the funds will be used to purchase the Fountas and Pinnell (FP) system of libraries and materials for Kindergarten through third grade classrooms. view article arw

Banquet attendees will get the chance to meet Houston-personality and philanthropist Jim McIngvale, who is widely known as Mattress Mack, Tuesday, Oct. 23, during the annual Navasota ISD Education Foundation dinner. McIngvale started Gallery Furniture with $5,000 and his own pickup truck and business ticked upward with the oil boom. But when the industry took a turn for the worse in 1983, he invested his remaining $10,000 on local television commercials. “I was doing an ad, and I was frustrated,” said Mclngvale. “I couldn’t come up with a punch line. Finally, I pulled some money out of my pocket and yelled, ‘Gallery Furniture save you money!’” view article arw

Durant public schools are getting $150 thousand to improve the mental health of their students. They'll be bringing in an anti-gun violence group that was started in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting rampage in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 children were killed in an elementary school. The money was given by the Department of Justice under the STOP School Violence Act, a bill every Texas and Oklahoma representative voted to pass earlier this year. view article arw

Hallsville Education Foundation held their 8th Annual Get Rowdy, Get Loud at Walker’s Mill Vineyard & Winery on Saturday, Sept. 22. The event, presented by Richard and Amy Traweek and Patterson Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Marshall, included a dinner catered by Bear Creek Smokehouse, music featuring The Social Club, a live DJ (DJ Daddy Company) and auction for 250 participants. The event raised an estimated $86,000 to help fulfill Hallsville ISD teacher grant requests. “The annual fundraising event for the kids was an incredible success,” said Beth Godsey, executive director of the Hallsville Education Foundation. “The foundation is a true difference maker in the Hallsville community. The community’s generosity will make it possible for us to continue our passion of enhancing education in Hallsville ISD by awarding grants to teachers and dual credit course scholarships. view article arw

The Socorro Independent School District was awarded a $1.4 million 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant from the Texas Education Agency. The grant is being used to provide free afterschool programs through the Texas Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE) program at Campestre, H.D. Hilley, Hueco, Escontrias and Rojas elementary schools; Escontrias Early Childhood Center; Desert Wind and Ernesto Serna K-8 schools; and Salvador H. Sanchez and Socorro middle schools. view article arw

U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox joins the Department of Justice in announcing more than $70 million in grant funding to bolster school security, educate and train students and faculty, and support law enforcement officers and first responders who arrive on the scene of a school violence incident – including more than a million dollars in grants for several awardees operating in the Northern District of Texas. view article arw

FAFSA goes mobile for first time

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Monday, Oct. 1 is the first-day college-bound students can submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid – or FAFSA. And this year, college hopefuls can fill out their FAFSA on a mobile app for the first time. According to the National College Access Network, only 61 percent of high school students apply by the time they graduate, leaving more than $24 billion in state and federal aid on the table. view article arw

The ‘Dictionary Project’ will give every Bryan ISD third-grader a brand-new dictionary, beefed-up with the additions of maps, the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, biographies of every U.S. president and even the longest word in the English Language (Trivia note: it’s a whopping 1,909 letters). view article arw

Chevron is once again providing Ector County ISD students and teachers with a donation of $150,000 to be divided between Project Lead the Way, which will receive $100,000, and PICK Education, which will receive $50,000. Representatives from Chevron and ECISD will meet on Monday at 10:00 a.m. on the front steps of the ECISD Administration Building.  view article arw

A former board member of the Coppini Academy of Fine Arts allegedly embezzled $216,000 from the small nonprofit organization, according to documents and several people who have been associated with the academy. The Coppini Academy of Fine Arts is the legacy of Pompeo Coppini, best known locally as the artist behind the Cenotaph monument in Alamo Plaza. The academy, housed in the artist’s former studio in Olmos Park, is dedicated to Coppini’s legacy and his mission of teaching figurative art through workshops and classes. view article arw

Helping equip needy students has become an annual back-to-school tradition for Pat and Emmitt Smith, Dallas ISD, and other partners. “Five years ago, two amazing boys wrote to ask Emmitt and I to match the $300 they had earned by doing summer chores to help some classmates who were being teased because their uniforms and shoes were worn and tattered,” Pat Smith said. “We knew we could do better than that, so we partnered with Dallas ISD to aid as many students as we could who were in financial need. That first year, we helped 400 students.” view article arw

The Brownsville Centennial Foundation is bringing back Superintendent Esperanza Zendejas’ production of “Cuando Los Muertos Lloran” for a Dia De Los Muertos fundraiser Oct. 6 at the Texas Southmost College Arts Center. The event’s purpose is to raise money for scholarships for Brownsville Independent School District students and funds for educational grants for BISD teachers. Mexican artist Pablo Montero will again make a special appearance during the show. view article arw

Plainview ISD delayed the start of school on Thursday morning by two hours. Students were sheltered at The Ollie Liner Center along with school personnel. The following is the text of the announcement on the PISD Facebook page: view article arw