2015_Fall_Austin_Riedel_Bulls'Eye (1)Selected Galveston Independent School District teachers got a much needed financial boost recently as the Galveston ISD Educational Foundation awarded more than $66,000 to its fall grant recipients in surprise announcements throughout area schools.

“Grant distribution days are the best days of the whole year for GEF,” says GEF Executive Director, Erin Yarbrough. “Seeing the looks on our teachers’ faces is priceless when we interrupt their classes to give them a giant check. There are tears, shouting and jumping for joy!”

Grants are awarded twice annually through GEF’s Grants to Teachers and Schools program, which provides the funding necessary to purchase learning materials or implement programs in GISD classrooms. Individual teachers can apply for up to $2,000 in funding, collaborative teacher teams are eligible for up to $5,000, and school campuses or projects reaching across the district can ask for up to $8,000. The number of grants awarded depends on the quality of the proposals, level of benefit for the students and the availability of funds.

“These grants are at the heart of the GEF’s direct impact to area educators,” states GEF President, Will Wright. “Through donations, grants and support to the educational foundation, our board and grants committee are able to assist these teacher’s goals of providing high quality education to their students.”

GEF is currently working to meet a challenge issued by the Moody Permanent Endowment Fund which granted the educational foundation $60,000 this past fall. The challenge is to raise $20,000 from first-time donors. The Moody PEF will match their success dollar for dollar meaning that the investments of new contributors will count twice for GEF. Individuals and businesses interested in supporting the efforts of GEF are encouraged to visit www.GalvestonEdFoundation.org or contact Erin Yarbrough, erinyarbrough@gisd.org or (409) 766-5157. First-time donors will have until March 10, the night of GEF’s annual Seaside Spring Soiree, to help GEF meet the challenge.

The following teachers represent the fall 2015 grant recipients. To see photos from the prize patrol, visit GEF’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/galvestonedfoundation.

Patrick Neff, Austin Middle School – “Robotics and Engineering Kits Extravaganza”
Margie Dyess, Austin Middle School – “Bridging the Gap: A collaboration between US History to ELA”
Rachael Lockhart, Austin Middle School, “Choices for Different Voices”
Amy Musick, Austin Middle School – “Getting GT in Gear”
Susan Riedel, Austin Middle School – “Bull’s Eye! Targeted Read-Alouds for Balanced Literacy”
Melissa Rekoff, Ball High School – “Fashion Frenzy”
Brian Massey, Ball High School – “Galveston I.S.D. Robotics Team”
Laura Neff, Ball High School – “Check It Out!”
Rong Wang, Ball High School/Parker Elementary – “Chinese Language Improvement”
Melissa Garcia, Burnet ECU Elementary – “Reader’s Workshop Grant Extension”
Kathryn Kraus, Central Middle School/Weis – “Community-Based Instruction”
Heather Chide, Coastal Elementary – “iPads: Increasing Performance and Data Success”
Sara Curtis, Coastal Elementary – “Rockin’ and Rollin’ in Reading”
Linda Stickline, Coastal Village Middle School – “Read, Lead, Succeed”
David Enriquez, Coastal Village Middle School – “C’mon and Dance”
Stephanie Cerini, Coastal Village Middle School – “Manipulating Math for Lifelong Learning”
Jennifer Lane, Crenshaw – “Grab a Book, Come to Crenshaw’s Reading Nook”
Alice Prets, Oppe Elementary – “Touching Technology”
Kathryn Pistone, Oppe Elementary – “Aha! Math and Science”
Katie Jefferies, Parker Elementary – “Reading + Character = WONDERful!”
Rachel Gibson, Parker Elementary – “Building Good Writers One Brick at a Time”
Leslie Brown, Scott Middle School – “Scotty’s Sniffs out a Career”
Amy Hopkins, Scott Middle School – “Independent by Choice”
James Zauner, Scott Middle School – “Building a better band, one member at a time”
Annette Johnson, Weis Middle School – “Stand Up for Education”
James Dering, Weis Middle School – “On with the Science Show! Flipped Science with Kids”