Karnes City ISD teachers and students were recently surprised with $57,325.52 in classroom grants.“We saw the most competitive grant application process since the inception of the Foundation grant program in 2011,” Vice President of Programs Debbie Witte said. “It is with great excitement that we announce the funding of eleven grants that will dramatically enhance the classroom experience for our students.” The Programs Committee reviews grant applications in both the fall and spring semesters that teachers, sometimes with their students, write to add value to their classrooms in new and innovative ways. “Creativity and innovation were apparent in the grant applications, proving Karnes City ISD faculty and staff are constantly looking for new ways to reach our students,” Witte said. “A few examples of this Fall’s Grant recipients include a technology to enhance the reading program at the elementary, bringing “Rachel’s Challenge” to the district which is a nationwide award-winning character building curriculum, two marching tubas to promote the continually growing and successful Mighty Badger Band, high school Academic UIL support and seven other fantastic grants.” Since 2011, the Foundation has granted 28 Classroom Grants totaling $128,967.76. Grants are awarded twice each year, once in the fall semester and again in spring. “We are excited about what the 2014-2015 Founders Drive will bring,” Foundation spokesman Kevin Matula said. “Every year, the Foundation is breaking records — becoming a philanthropic leader in South Texas. Our annual gala is a community favorite which brings together alumni, community members and industry to continue our efforts to work as a strong partner with Karnes City ISD.” The Foundation’s next event, the Fourth Annual Boots ‘N Bling Gala, is set for Valentine’s Day, Saturday, February 14, 2015 at Panna Maria Hall. For a full list of all the fall grant recipients and to join us by becoming a sponsor, please visit our website: wwww.kcisdfoundation.org The KCISD Education Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 benefitting education. KCISD is the most active STEM development organization in Karnes County and the Eagle Ford. We work to use our resources to break the cycle of poverty and create STEM careers at home for use in the oil industry and more.