CSISD Education Foundation to surpass $500,000 in grants awarded

The College Station ISD Education Foundation will host its annual grant patrol this Wednesday, April 18, at 10 campuses across the district.

The Education Foundation will reach a significant milestone Wednesday, surpassing the $500,000 mark in teacher grants awarded.

“It is exciting to see what our community is doing to take an active role in the education of our kids,” said Education Foundation Board President Cal McNeil. “To see our neighbors investing in the future of our children is very refreshing and inspiring. The College Station Education Foundation is a great vehicle for our community.”

The grant patrol, consisting of Education Foundation board members, donors, AMCHS cheerleaders and AMCHS drum line will visit 10 CSISD campuses to award grants to this year’s winners. Each winning teacher will be surprised with a check, balloons and excited presenters to mark the occasion.

At approximately 10:45 a.m., the milestone grant will be awarded to an unsuspecting teacher at South Knoll Elementary.

Over the past 13 years, including 2012, the Education Foundation has awarded 171 teacher grants totaling $523,236.

“The work of the CSISD Education Foundation is a tremendous blessing to CSISD,” Superintendent Dr. Eddie Coulson said. “The grants given to teachers by the Foundation allow the district to fund innovative and creative ideas that may go otherwise unfunded.”

Many businesses and community members make these grants possible through fundraising events and donations. Commerce National Bank, for instance, has been the “Top Chef” sponsor of the annual 50 Men Who Can Cook event. This year alone, the 50 Men Who Can Cook event contributed $63,731 toward teacher grants which will directly impact approximately half of the districts’ 10,700 students.

Grants are applied for each year by district teachers and staff for the development and implementation of innovative teaching programs within the classroom, which are not otherwise funded by tax dollars.

In its 13th year, the CSISD Education Foundation has raised more than $1.5 million through community and corporate donations.

For more a complete list of the grants awarded visit www.givetokids.csisd.org or for more information, please contact Teresa Benden (979-764-5400 or tbenden@csisd.org).


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