Plano ISD Education Foundation Surprises Educators with over $125,000 to Fund 106 Innovative Instructional Grants
Park Place Lexus Grant Patrol Visits Classrooms to Deliver 106 Grants to a Record 47 Campuses Across Plano ISD
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.
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.
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."
Grant delivery cars courtesy of Park Place Lexus Plano.
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.
Grants are also funded through the Plano ISD Education Foundation 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 at www.pisdeducationfoundation.org or call (469) 752-8272.