Foundation Reaches Milestone: Quarter Million Dollars Donated to KCISD Academics!

The South Texas-based Karnes City ISD Education Foundation has reached a milestone in its efforts to enhance the classroom experience for local students.

“We are proud to announce that our young foundation has now invested over a quarter of a million dollars into the future of not only Karnes

An example of one of many things being done.  Rachel's Challenge is coming to KCISD this week!  1/6/15

An example of one of many things being done. Rachel’s Challenge is coming to KCISD this week! 1/6/15

City ISD students, but students throughout the entire county through our award winning summer STEM Camp,” Foundation spokesperson D’Ann Williams said.

The Foundation, established in 2010, hosts an annual capital campaign in which community members, business leaders and industry make generous contributions to enhance the classroom experience for Karnes City students.

“$128,967.76 has already been put in the hands of teachers to enhance their classrooms with new curriculums and technology,” Williams said. “We know that with the current state-funded budgeting process, we fall short in many regards compared to most districts. Our Foundation is making great efforts to fill this monetary gap as education is proven to be a great equalizer in a child’s successful future. We are also very happy to support and encourage innovative ideas that come from our dedicated teachers.”

Funds raised by the Foundation have also resulted in the contribution of $37,948.18 to its annual award-winning Karnes County STEM Camp, encouraging students in Science-Technology-Engineering-Math. The Foundation is the sole monetary supporter of the camp held each June. This popular camp gives 4-8th grade students throughout all of Karnes County the opportunity to learn from energy industry leaders and local teachers and is growing each year in popularity and size.

An additional $78,472.19 has been carefully invested into a long-term endowment fund for the sole benefit of KCISD. This endowment fund will be used for the district’s own discretionary needs.

Thus far, $4,702.90 has been used to celebrate our annual “Senior Celebration” held each May. This unique night held in the school auditorium gives the entire senior class the opportunity to look back on their years spent in school together before they embark on even greater opportunities. Each student chooses one K-12 teacher to honor and this teacher is invited and commemorated in the souvenir program. All that attend this event leave with great memories shared and hearts filled.

While the Foundation has invested only a small monetary amount in the development and our hope for a vocational center, members have expended a great deal of their personal time and effort into this development. The organization is using this time to investigate the best way to go about introducing a vocational program which both the students and area industries will be excited to get involved. Foundation officials have traveled with school administrators to visit other successful vocational programs, facilitated multiple meetings with Coastal Bend College, area oil companies, and more as we look to help the district examine its best course of action and direction short and long-term. “It is our sincere hope that every community member realizes that they can make an impact on the classroom, beyond their tax dollars,” Williams said. “We definitely see that a spirit of giving has been established and we are truly grateful to the community for their continued generosity and participation.”

What’s next? The Karnes City ISD Education Foundation plans to keep building on the great momentum we’ve had in all of our “Five Focus Areas”. Very soon, we will be again gifting the district with our annual Spring semester classroom grants, followed by the June STEM Camp, the widely used AVID college readiness curriculum and more. For a full description of all grants given and more, visit

The KCISD Education Foundation needs donations of all sizes. The 4th annual Boots ‘n Bling Gala is set for this Valentine’s Day, Saturday, February 14, 2015 at Panna Maria Hall. For questions and information, please contact either our Gala Chair, Jennifer Dillingham at (830) 583-5748 or VP of Development, Joi Ernst 830-299-0028

Checks may be made payable to the KCISD Education Foundation and mailed to PO Box 178, Karnes City, TX 78118.

The KCISD Education Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 benefitting public education. KCISD is the most active STEM development organization in Karnes County and the Eagle Ford having recently been awarded the Eagle Ford Excellence Awards by the South Texas Energy Economic Roundtable.

A quick recap on all dollars allocated:

Focus Areas – Your Donation Money Used            

Teacher Grants (Fall/Spring – Awards)                 $128,967.76

Senior Celebration (May)                                          $4,702.90

Karnes County Stem Camp (June)                          $37,948.18

HS Dual Credit & Vocational Programs                  $2395.00

KCISD Endowment                                                    $78,472.19

Grand Total Benefitting Education!           $252,486.03!

On account and ready for immediate educational use:

Will be used for upcoming Spring Semester Grants, our June STEM Camp, 2015 Senior Celebration and more:

$132,698.83 and growing with your help!

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