Last Friday, the Karnes City ISD Education Foundation “Pride Patrol” awarded teachers and students with $35,978 in classroom grants. “The fall grants that the Foundation funded will make an impact on the district for years to come,” President Jennifer Dillingham said. “Computer purchases and a multi-
thousand book addition for the elementary library will help serve all students, including our special education classrooms and at-risk students.”
The KCISD Education Foundation Programs Committee reviews grant applications in both the fall and spring semesters. Teachers, along with their students, apply for these grants, which include innovative, technology-driven programming for district-wide curriculum.
This cycle, two grants at the elementary and one at the high school were awarded. The elementary will now be able to purchase 3,370 new content-leveled books for teachers to use in their classrooms. Fourth grade students will now see more technology at their fingertips in their classrooms with the Computers on Wheels (“COWS”) grant. This will provide more interactive, technology opportunities for students. The final grant will serve high school students enrolled in Animal Science and Small Animal Management courses. This program will help students develop skills that can be transferred to veterinary offices, kennels or grooming facilities post-high school.
“The grants we awarded will see long lasting effects,” Vice-President of Programming Debbie Witte said. “The grants awarded this cycle show the Foundation’s commitment to providing Karnes City students with a first-class, 21st Century education. The dollars awarded this cycle will make an impact beyond one calendar school year.”
To date, the Foundation has donated $299,997 in the form of classroom grants. The Foundation also has an endowment in which dollars are carefully invested for the sole benefit of KCISD. Additionally, in June, the Foundation hosts an annual county-wide STEM camp with collaboration from the school district and the oil and gas industry.
The Karnes City ISD Education Foundation will host the annual “Boots ‘N Bling Gala” February 13, 2016. Join our efforts today by becoming a sponsor or purchasing a ticket for this event, which has become a community favorite.