On November 17, amid laughter, cheers and even a few tears, Plano ISD Education Foundation board members, program sponsors, district staff and parent leaders personally delivered to grant winning teachers over $125,000 in monetary awards.
This year's Grants to Educators awards fund 106 innovative instructional programs throughout our district. The Park Place Lexus Grant Patrol made their annual trek in cars courtesy of Park Place Lexus.
More than 120 educators at 47 schools were celebrated with pompoms, cowbells and hugs throughout the morning. Each grant winner’s school was presented with a poster for display
Renner Middle School teacher Carina Tran receives her grant for $1,172 for "Hooked on Series" to provide a classroom library of best seller books series to get students hooked on a love of reading
The Plano ISD Education Foundation Grants to Educators program is intended to help Plano ISD educators enhance instruction in schools and classrooms across the district. Earlier in the school year, teachers had the opportunity to complete applications for grants for programs to benefit their classrooms, schools or joint programs at multiple schools.
Funding for the Grants to Educators program comes from the following generous sponsors: Presenting Sponsor Park Place Lexus Plano, Alliance Data, Huawei, TAFF – The Andrea-Mennen Family Foundation, the Plano ISD Council of PTAs and Carole Greisdorf.
2016-17 Teachers of the Year - Bryan Yee, Plano Senior High and Erika Manning, Weatherford Elementary - grab a photo op with the "big" $125,000 donation check
Plano ISD Education Foundation Board President Chris Bragg said, “the Education Foundation is honored to assist our teachers by providing resources for innovative programs that enhance student learning in their classrooms. The Grants to Educators program is one of the best ways that private donors can assist outstanding classroom programs by supporting educators across Plano ISD.”
Each Park Place Lexus car hosted a team of four to five Grant Patrol volunteers who visited a selected number of campuses for the surprise presentations. These volunteers met for a Grant Patrol kick-off breakfast at Park Place Lexus Plano before delivering the good news to teachers.
Haggar Elementary kindergarten teacher Lindsay Sivick (and her excited students) receiving her $750 grant for an outdoor learning space
The Plano ISD Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, with a mission to help all students in Plano public schools achieve their full potential by providing financial support to educators and academic programs. Since 1993, the Foundation has generated private support for priority projects for which tax dollars are not available. Since 2000, almost $17 million has been gifted to Plano ISD by the Foundation to enhance student learning; to recruit, retain and recognize the very best teachers; and to address critical needs of students and families, so all students can be successful.
Grant delivery cars courtesy of Park Place Lexus Plano
Grants are also funded through the Plano ISD Education Foundation Parent and Community Honor Roll Annual Fund Drive and Annual Giving Campaign, the Plano ISD employee campaign and SKI Plano, an annual winter fundraising event open to the public. This coming year’s SKI Plano event will be held on January 28, 2017, at the Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center. For additional information about the Foundation or to make a donation, visit the Foundation website atwww.pisdeducationfoundation.orgor call (469) 752-8272.
Grants to Educators Program 2016-2017
2016-2017 Grants to Educator Evaluation Form Due June 2nd, 2017
Year-end evaluations from all award-winning applicants are required. Completed evaluation forms are due on June 2nd, 2017.