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.