The Galveston Independent School District Educational Foundation is off to a great start this year as we enter the teacher grant application and awards season this fall.

The foundation’s mission, enriching the educational experience and preparing students for the future through financial support to GISD teachers, schools and students, has been strongly supported this year by the participants in our third year of an Employee Giving Campaign.

Those same teachers, administrators and support staff who have dedicated their careers to helping our children learn have also reached into their paychecks to pledge $31,849 this year. Nearly 20 percent of GISD employees have pledged to our campaign. That is a remarkable commitment from our public school teachers and staff.

They recognize that our students need to have the best possible learning tools. With requests for everything from books to band instruments, educators across the district have requested funding for a total of 32 individual, team or campus projects this year.

The contributions raised by this community determine how much support the foundation is able to provide in support of these requests as well as its other programs.

Since its inception in 2002, the foundation has funded 375 student outcome focused projects and directed more than $3 million in private support to the district.

This year we have adopted as guidelines for the grant applications from teachers the same three student outcome measures set by the board of trustees this fall: early literacy; high school readiness; and college, career or military readiness.

In addition, teachers may apply in the category of “innovation,” which allows for that out-of-the-box, great idea not readily meeting the general criteria. It will be exciting to see what our teachers come up with this year!

So, now it is our turn to let those teachers know how much we appreciate what they do every day for our kids, and how much we admire their individual philanthropy.

The foundation recently launched its annual fundraising campaign with mailers to about 1,300 households. If you receive one, please take the time to read about the foundation’s activities centered around our children.

If you did not receive a mailer, please visit our website, www.GalvestonEdFoundation.org. Your check or pledge will allow us to continue to award grants to teachers and schools, and by doing so, improve the education of our children and ultimately the quality of life in our community.

We also invite you to contact either our office or the district administration to schedule a visit to any of our public schools. At a recent tour of Ball High School arranged by the foundation for about 15 parents and others from the community, students and school administrators spent 1 1/2 hours walking us through Ball High and explaining the campus learning communities.

It was enlightening and inspirational to see how well our students are being cared for and taught. I encourage anyone willing to take the time to explore our public schools. I think you will then be glad to follow our teachers’ example and step up to contribute to their support.

Olivia Meyer is a board member of the Galveston ISD Educational Foundation.

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Gary Miller

The only real improvement to student progress would be 'Choice'. Polls indicate over 80 % of parent taxpayers want choice. If we had choice ISD schools would be for sale. More teachers would earn more money by not being forced to support unions/Democrats with their earnings.

Jose' Boix

The education foundation effort has been of tremendous financial benefit to all our County students. The TCISD Foundation for the Future this year celebrate 20 years since its inception. We followed locally developed education foundations for Clear Creek and Friendswood. After Texas City, Galveston, La Marque (at the time), Dickinson, Santa Fe and Hitchcock followed. It is clear, that these education foundations have made - and will continue making - a significant and positive contribution to the education of all our students. Thanks to the myriad of donors, supporters, volunteers and partners who together make this effort fantastic.

Carlos Ponce

Thank you, Jose. As a teacher I picked up new and innovative ideas at math conferences, math conventions and from other teachers. Paying for them often came out of our own pockets since the budgeted funds were already spent. As a member of the Hitchcock ISD Education Foundation Board of Directors I want to help teachers implement new and innovative ideas in their classrooms without being a burden on their own personal funds. In the few years the HISD Education Foundation has been in effect I see we have made as you put it "a significant and positive contribution to the education of all our students."
A special thank you to all who contributed either through our Hitchcock Hooks Fishing Tournament, corporate donations and individual donations. The students of Hitchcock ISD have benefited from your generosity.
Donations earmarked for the HHS band helped them achieve a "1" in UIL competition and advancing to the area finals. The HHS band has not made a "1" since the early 1970s. Your donations, the hard work of the band directors Kelly Brunson, Fred Otto and students made this possible. The students are very grateful.

Jose' Boix

Carlos, I am glad that Hitchcock ISD has now a fast developing education foundation. Such effort will pay untold benefits to our local students and the community. I also was glad to have many Hitchcock ISD students participate in one of our gold standard projects the Charles T. Doyle Leadership Education and Development Series (LEADS). We had a great LEADS event just a few days ago and was glad to visit with Monica Cantrell who came to help us. Thank you, Carlos!

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