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

Rebuild Texas Fund awarded a total of over $2.2M in the region to reimburse the Vidor Independent School District for Harvey damages, to make critical roof repairs to school facilities in West Orange Cove ISD and to enhance the operations for Missions on Wheels to name a few. 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

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded a grant of $2.44 million to RGV Focus. A ceremonial check presentation was made at RGV Focus’ annual retreat on South Padre Island.  view article arw

Nearly 40 McLennan County college students received $5,000 scholarships Tuesday night from the Waco Foundation’s MAC College Money Program for upperclassmen, but the surprise was not the number of qualifying students: More than a quarter were fresh high school graduates. Thanks in part to increased enrollment in dual credit and early college access programs, 11 students winning scholarships meant to help them in their junior and senior years of college had earned their high school diplomas only two months ago, a notable uptick from past years. view article arw

A $1 million boost for Vidor ISD to help with recovery efforts after Tropical Storm Harvey.  view article arw

Lake Travis ISD addressed funding for House Bill 5 during a July 17 board meeting, a law approved during the 83rd Texas Legislative session in June 2013, according to the Texas Education Agency. The bill aids students who are at risk for dropping out by providing supplemental education programs, according to district information. HB 5 requires districts to separately budget funding to provide additional education for students who perform poorly on an end of course assessment. view article arw

Since 2011, Victron Energy has provided grants to Red Oak ISD campuses through the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program. This year, each of the seven ROISD schools received $2,000 for use in math and science enrichment programs. As an ExxonMobil retailer, Victron Energy President and COO Walid Alameddine work with school officials to submit for the funds on behalf of the campuses. view article arw

According to a statement from the Director of Communications, Shawna Currie Monda, Victoria Independent School District received a grant from the Rebuild Texas Fund to help with completing repairs to campus roofs that were severely damaged during Hurricane Harvey. Currie confirmed that the "Rebuild Texas Fund award $657,000 to VISD for the needed roof repairs." Director of Federal Programs, Tammy Sestak applied for the grant on behalf of VISD. view article arw

Six Socorro Independent School District students are recipients of the 2019 Burger King McLamore Foundation Scholarship. Jimena Mendez, Celeste Soto, Nathalie Valencia, Adriana Villalobos and Samantha Ortiz were among the 19 scholarship recipients this school year. “We believe it’s important to invest in students’ futures because they are the leaders of tomorrow,” said Joe Labrado, director of operations for Burger King. view article arw

Pflugerville ISD students interested in becoming firefighters or emergency medical technicians will soon have access to more state-of-the-art technology and training. The Pflugerville Community Development Corp. announced July 11 a $150,000 grant to PfISD in tandem with a matching Workforce Solutions Capital Area grant. The combined approximately $300,000 grant provides additional funding for the district’s Emergency Medical Technician academy. view article arw

WHITEHOUSE, Texas (KLTV) - Whitehouse native and Kansas City Chief’s quarterback Patrick Mahomes is once again giving back to the athletes of his alma mater.  Mahomes’ brother, Jackson Mahomes, will be visiting Whitehouse Independent School District on behalf of his brother on July 11. He will be donating shoes to Whithouse ISD athletes as part of Mahomes’ 15 and Mahomies Foundation.  Mahomes created the foundation in order to help kids in under-served communities. The foundation will support initiatives that focus on health, wellness, communities in need of resources and other charitable causes. view article arw

The innovative future of education was celebrated as nearly $45,000 worth of checks were dispersed across Waxahachie ISD.  On May 31, the Waxahachie ISD Education Foundation presented 12 checks to teachers and staff during the district awards presentation.  view article arw

Dr. Larry Pittman Goddard of Tyler, a certified fundraising executive, was recently named as a life honorary member of the Texas School Public Relations Association. Goddard was named for his recognition as "Key Communicator" of Texas public school education. view article arw

A number of Upper Valley school districts will continue to see federal funds for Title I programs for the upcoming school year. The U.S. Department of Education will provide over $130 million through Title I formula allocations across 18 schools districts in Hidalgo and Starr counties for the 2019-20 year. Title I is a formula grant program that assists local education agencies and school districts with high populations of low-income students. view article arw

Berta Palacios Elementary in Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD (PSJA ISD) was awarded a $5,000 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant to help establish a school garden. The annual Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant program is a great source of funding for improvement projects at public schools. The U.S. Grant funding falls into three categories, including “technology upgrades, tools for STEM programs, and facility renovations (“beautifying the school”) and safety improvements. Grants generally range from $5,000 to $25,000. 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