2016_fall_ball_ektefaei_micro-scope-this-out-adding-tech-to-an-old-idea-5The Galveston ISD Educational Foundation (GEF) awarded $73,763.58 to Galveston Independent School District (GISD) educators through their Grants to Teachers and Schools program this fall. Books, literacy resources, technology and varied learning materials will be purchased for GISD’s classrooms as a result.

GEF board members, GISD administrators, GISD board of trustee members, donors and friends gathered for the “prize parade” to surprise applicants whose grants were chosen by GEF’s grants committee to be funded. Donors who supported GEF with contributions of $2,500 or higher last year were recognized with grants given in their honor.

The following teachers and administrators were awarded funds:
• Patrick Neff, Austin Middle – “What’s app with that?”
• Susan Riedel, Austin Middle – “TECHS for TEKS Success”
• Gregory Reeves, Ball High – “Ball TSA Through The Lens” in honor of Kempner Capital Management
• Kathleen Dispensa, Ball High – “Innovation in English” in honor of Kempner Capital Management
• Dr. Duncan, Ball High – “iPads for Smart Music” in honor of Gulfside Cleaning Services
• Zahrah Ektefaei, Ball High – “Micro-Scope This Out” in honor of Marathon Petroleum
• Jessie Taylor, Ball High – “A+ Shredders II”
2016_cve_johnson_todays-readers-tomorrows-leaders-7Melissa Garcia-Massey, Burnet Elementary – “Guiding First Grade Readers”
• Meagan Johnson, Coastal Village Elementary – “Today’s Readers, Tomorrow’s Leaders”
• W.K. Vandygriff, Coastal Village Elementary – “Ladibugs to the Rescue!”
• Jackie Henderson, Morgan Elementary – “Take Home Reading and Writing Backpacks”
• Cristina Lizarralde, Morgan Elementary – “Immersed in Reading for Success” in honor of Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP
• Fidel Gutierrez, Morgan Elementary – “VEX Robotics” – in honor of Moody National Bank
• Anne Morrow/Vanessa Shanahan, Oppe Elementary – “iPads for Second Grade” in honor of Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle, P.C.
• Emily Burnette, Oppe Elementary – “iLearn with iPads” in honor of the Dr. Leon Bromberg Charitable Trust Fund
• Paola Pernalette, Oppe Elementary – “Versatiles for Third Grade” in honor of DSW Homes
• Kathryn Pistone, Oppe Elementary – “Rockin’ with Robots!” in honor of HomeTown Bank N.A.
• Adriana Rendon , Oppe Elementary – “A connection to real world” in honor of DSW Homes
• Cindy Trevino, Oppe Elementary – “Sailing into Phonics” in honor of the Dr. Leon Bromberg Charitable Trust Fund
• Sara Smart, Parker Elementary – “Read Alouds for Rocking Readers” in honor of AMOCO Federal Credit Union
• Shantel Venible, Parker Elementary – “Let’s Play” in honor of AMOCO Federal Credit Union
• Leslie Brown, Scott Middle – “What’s the Attraction? Scotty Barks about the Magnet Schools of Galveston”
• Thomas Beau Bunce, Scott Middle – “Scott Collegiate Academy Robotics and Project Lead the Way”
• Paula Franklin, PK-12 Special Education – “Students Achieving Individual Life Skills (SAILS)” in honor of Kendra Scott
• Bobby McClain, Weis Middle – “Reading: I’m lovin’ it!”

2016_fall_morgan_henderson_take-home-reading-and-writing-backpacks-8GEF’s Grants to Teachers and Schools program is made possible through the combined support of individuals, businesses and private foundations. Recently, the Moody Permanent Endowment Fund (PEF) granted $60,000 to support GEF’s operations and programs. They also issued a challenge to encourage widening the circle of support for the work of GEF and GISD. The Moody PEF will donate an additional $20,000 if GEF can raise $20,000 from first-time donors.

This fall GEF launched their 2016-17 “Let Your Light Shine” fundraising campaign which aims to raise $119,000 from individuals and businesses. To date, more than $51,000 has been donated.

Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade educators prepare students for the next step in life, whether that is beginning a new career, going to college or earning a technical certification. Yet teachers are continually asked to do more with less. During the current school year, GISD will pay an estimated $20 million in recapture funds to the State of Texas. These funds are the hard earned dollars of friends, neighbors and business owners in the Galveston community; everyone shares the frustration that these precious dollars cannot be directed to support local students.

Fortunately, contributions to GEF cannot be recaptured by the state. For a donation of $100, an individual or business can become a lead donor with the option to receive a ticket to GEF’s annual Seaside Spring Soiree on Thursday, March 9, 2017. By committing a donation of $500 or more by Monday, January 9, donors will receive published recognition for their gift. Contributions of $2,500 and up will be acknowledged with a grant given in the donor’s honor.

To help GEF reach their goal of raising $119,000 and meeting the challenge to raise $20,000 from first-time donors issued by the Moody PEF, click here to donate now or mail checks payable to Galveston ISD Educational Foundation to PO Box 660, Galveston TX 77553. You can also follow GEF on Facebook at www.facebook.com/galvestonedfoundation to see photos and descriptions of the fall grant awards.