Foundation helps bring isle teachers’ ideas to life

Ball High School teacher Colleen Moore helps student Martin Martinez build the base for a self-portrait sculpture in a ceramics class in 2012. A grant from the Galveston ISD Educational Foundation helped purchase clay for the program. The foundation’s Spring Event fundraiser is Saturday at Moody Gardens.

JENNIFER REYNOLDS/The Daily News file photo

During my time at Galveston ISD, one of the groups I’m most proud to be associated with is the Galveston ISD Educational Foundation. 

Because of this organization’s tireless efforts, staff has been able to pursue projects the district normally wouldn’t be able to fund under the general budget. Through these projects, Galveston ISD Educational Foundation brings out the creativity in our teachers and staff, which leads to positive outcomes in our student success.

Galveston ISD Educational Foundation, under the direction of Executive Director Eliza Quigley, has awarded $73,000 to individual teachers, departments, teams and campuses during the 2013-14 school year.

More than $46,000 has been given to the districtwide Balanced Literacy initiative to help GISD raise its reading performance among its students. This has been a hugely important joint effort as it is able to more accurately track reading level progress for all elementary and middle school students. It is one of the first projects funded by the foundation to align with a district wide need in some years.

The GEF board has worked tirelessly during the last few years to get teachers and staff to buy into the grant process, and they’ve been very successful with much more participation. GISD teachers are more than ever thinking outside the box in terms of grants that will help their students in and out of the classroom.

The foundation is a great ally, a resource and an essential part of the GISD family. It will help the city of Galveston to grow and succeed for generations to come.

This is why I’m asking all Galvestonians to attend and support the Galveston ISD Educational Foundation Annual Spring Event on Saturday at Moody Gardens. Please continue to give the means for our brightest teachers to bring their ideas to life and to keep student learning fun and exciting.

Please call 409-766-5157 or email Eliza Quigley,, for tickets to this event.

Larry Nichols is superintendent of the Galveston Independent School District.

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