CSISD Education Foundations hands out over $150,000 in grants

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COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - Teachers have to pay for a lot of things out of their pocket, but the College station Education Foundation works to help with that every year.

The group handed out over $150,000 in grants to teachers Wednesday.

The CSISD Education Foundation celebrated 20 years of handing out grants in the community.

One of the grants went to Carrie Owen for her Loving Learning through Legos idea.

"It provides all first graders at Greens Prairie Elementary the chance to play with Legos and while they're playing they're learning. So what that means is they can build a setting and write stories about the settings, they can work with our community members that come through the Legos to learn about social studies and we can also provide things in our STEM buckets for stations," said Owens.

The Foundation handed out several other grants for the school, including funding for a pottery wheel and new math initiatives.

Every dollar makes a huge difference for these teachers.

"Oh my gosh, so excited, because Legos are expensive. We don't make a lot of money so we are over the moon excited," said Owens.

Foundation Director Teresa Benden spent the day handing out $156,000 at schools across the district.

It's her favorite day of the year.

"I was very teary eyed because it was just fabulous. Our community is just amazing. This is my 10th year as director and I love it. It's just a passion of mine to support public education and we are just thrilled," said Benden.