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VISD Education Foundation surprises educators with $16,000 in grants

Dec. 28, 2012 at 6:28 a.m.

Torres Elementary received a grant for $2,500. Taking part in the presentation of the grant, from left, are Kent Grier, foundation president; Geri Schroeder, foundation director; Leslie Gonzales, grant recipient; Roger Welder, foundation director; Susan Wheeler, grant recipient; Bobby J. Jacob, foundation director; Jamie Mayfield, grant recipient; Sherry Gorsuch, Torres Elementary principal; and Robert Jaklich, VISD superintendent.

Whistles filled the air. Pom poms shook with glee. The noise from party blowers swarmed the school halls of Victoria ISD. It wasn't a pep rally to cheer on student athletes but a celebration of teachers receiving a grant from the Victoria ISD Education Foundation's Grant Patrol.

Board of directors from the VISD Education Foundation and school administrators boarded a school bus recently and traveled campus to campus to present nearly $16,000 in grant awards. Ten grants were awarded in all.

"These grants impact morale and encourage teachers and staff to propel student learning and potential," said Brittany Hollas, executive director for the VISD Education Foundation. "Teachers today have an incredible job and not necessarily all the resources. These grants are a pat on the back for creative ingenuity."

The VISD Education Foundation helps Victoria public school educators and students excel in programs not funded by public tax revenues. Resources, provided through the generosity of community donors and special events, are directed to areas that impact teaching and learning.

"Teachers may access the grant funding by developing proposals and submitting applications to the Foundation," said Hollas. "Individual teachers may receive up to $1,000 and teams of teachers may receive up to $2,500."

The VISD Education Foundation offers funding to VISD educators twice each school year. Teachers may submit proposals for their innovative ideas that will improve or enhance student performance and achievement.

"Without the funds, we would not have had the opportunity to implement our project," said Patricia Bernal, Stroman Middle School math teacher and previous grant recipient. "These resources helped to bridge the gap in missing skills for our students."

The 10 projects which received a 2012 fall grant award are noted below. Together, these projects are expected to involve 988 students, 184 parents, 73 teachers and 114 community partners.



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