Twin Creeks Middle School teacher Jennifer Ellison reacts as the Spring ISD Education Foundation’s Grant Express visits her classroom to fund her grant request.
HOUSTON – Jan. 2, 2017 – Some exciting education programs got a big boost in the community, thanks to the efforts of the Spring ISD Education Foundation’s Grant Express. About 20 foundation members handed out checks to teachers at four Spring schools, funding four innovative learning programs that had been proposed earlier in the year.
The foundation has been working to enhance education in the Spring community for over two decades. The group hosts an annual golf tournament in the fall to raise money, and distributes the monies raised for teacher grant requests through the Grant Express, as well as funding scholarships for graduating seniors.
Dr. Alexander Warren, Spring ISD Education Foundation president, said the group works all year at raising money, but the real fun begins when they visit the school to deliver the grant checks.
“This is the part that we really get excited about. We have so many people come together in our golf tournament, and now they can see where that money is going, and we look forward to visiting the schools again to see these grants in action,” said Warren.
The grants are:
Tiny Worlds Project – a grant of $1,407.54 – will be used for technology to allow the teacher to use a special microscope to project an image on a screen for classroom observation and discussion. The grant recipients are Jennifer Ellison and Chase Jones at Twin Creeks Middle School.
Gradual Release Document Camera Project – a grant of $4,179 – will use technology to address both instructional and disciplinary concerns, benefitting all students in English classes from ninth through 12th grades. The grant recipient is Tess Bennett at Spring High School.
Boer Goat Breeding Project – a grant of $1,000 – will allow a study to breed Boer goats to observe genetic differences in offspring. Students will also observe the entire livestock production process, including the care and responsibility of raising the animals. The grant recipient is Bobby Heiser, and it will benefit students at Westfield High School and Roberson Middle School.
Since its beginning in 1993, the Spring ISD Education Foundation has delivered over one million dollars in grants for innovative learning programs. Visit give2springkids.org to learn more about the Spring ISD Education Foundation.