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Plano ISD Education Foundation Thanks 2012-13 Major Donors

August 29, 2013

The Plano ISD Education Foundation board of directors hosted its annual donor recognition reception on August 22 at Gleneagles Country Club to say thank you to its 2012-13 major donors for supporting programs for students and teachers.

Don McClure (center) with Encana Oil & Gas was recognized for his company's "Valedictorian" level sponsorship ($50,000+) by Superintendent of School Richard Matkin and Plano ISD Education Foundation Board 2012-13 President Mitch Bramlett.

Mitch Bramlett, Foundation past-president, told donors, "We want you to think about the Plano ISD Education Foundation and the impact your giving has on the children we serve as they go back to school this week, full of anticipation for what a new year will hold. "This year they will be going back to our amazing school district that offers choices and opportunities like the Academy Programs of Plano with three new academies and puts quality education at the top of the agenda no matter where they live in the district."

Superintendent Richard Matkin is pictured with Marshall Jackson, Plano ISD Education Foundation Board member and co-chair of the Plano ISD Alumni Association.

Mr. Bramlett continued, "Through your generosity to the Foundation, our district will be more remarkable this year than the last, for our students and teachers. The funds raised each year from the private community provide for critical programs in education for our school district." Mr. Bramlett joined fellow Foundation directors and Foundation Executive Director Carlos Sastoque in presenting gifts to donors. Read about programming on the Foundation's website.

Raj Rao, Capital One Bank, was recognized for his company's valedictorian sponsorship.

Mr. Bramlett shared with reception guests highlights of Foundation programs that have impacted the school district:

  • In our third year of our four-year commitment to the district, our STEM Partners Grant of $300,000 toward improvement of secondary science continues, with over 300 teachers trained this year.
  • Texas Instruments Foundation this year gifted $30,000 toward three “Innovations in Outstanding STEM Teaching Awards” to three of our teachers   
  • Our Signature Grants to Educators Program and Park Place Prize Patrol gifted $100,000 to the district impacting 29,562 students and 202 teachers at 32 campuses benefitting from 79 innovative classroom grants.
  • 926 5th grade camp scholarships were awarded giving students the opportunity to participate in this enrichment program.
  • Support for the Plano Family Literacy Program and the Plano ISD division of student and family services helping at-risk students and families of Plano ISD. This year the Plano Family Literacy program served more than 325 students and parents.
  • The Foundation also provided $35,000 to Plano ISD employees in crisis through our employee crisis relief fund.
  • Continued support of the AVID Program (Advancement Via Individual Determination) by providing over 2,200 students with college readiness skills. This year AVID celebrated its fourth graduating class which received more than 1.3 million dollars in college scholarships and grants. 
  • College Readiness Preparation expanded through AVID to 1,800 elementary students at nine campuses and so much more. This year we were awarded three-year funding for the expansion of our AVID program from the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas to expand to 15 campuses by 2016 with over $250,000 in funding.

"As you can see, the private support received by the district is changing education for the better," said Mr. Bramlett. "It takes a full community effort to provide for our children’s future."

The Foundation's annual Community Honor Roll campaign, Ski Plano Gala, and Annual Central Market Thrill of the Grill 5K Run reflect the organization's major fundraising efforts.

"I am pleased to report to you tonight that we did exceed last year’s dollars raised by $126,000 with almost $1.2 million dollars raised with your support," Mr. Bramlett told major donors. "I am also pleased to report that this year already in our first two months, we have secured $500,000 for this coming year. Many of the seeds and hard work from our board that were planted last year will enable us to make our goal with your support."


The Plano Rotary Club, along with DCS Global, was announced as a new donor to the Plano ISD Education Foundation. Representing the Rotary Club at the reception were Lynn Schwartz, President Kirk Bell, Ben Criste, Karla Oliver, Plano ISD assistant superintendent for government and community relations, and Earnest Burke.

Superintendent of Schools Richard Matkin thanked donors and noted that Plano schools have experienced many challenges over the last decade, with both reductions in funding and growth in special programs to address increasing numbers of economically disadvantaged students.

"All the while, our educators are keeping the bar very high for our graduates, while closing achievement gaps for those students from less advantaged backgrounds or experiences," said Mr. Matkin. "The Plano ISD Education Foundation has been a major partner with our district in helping us address these challenges through the academic programs the Foundation supports."

Plano ISD School Board Trustee Missy Bender (center) greeted Teachers of the Year Ramy Mahmoud, Williams High School, and Erin Swain, Bethany Elementary School, at the reception.

Also at the reception were Plano ISD Teachers of the Year Erin Swain of Bethany Elementary School, and Ramy Mahmoud of Williams High School. Together, they introduced the school district's theme “Be Bright | Be Bold | Belong in Plano ISD” along with a message about the importance of community involvement and the impact of donor’s support on students and teachers.



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Major Donors

More than 4,000 donors gave to the Foundation last school year. The following major donors were recognized at the August 22 reception.

Valedictorian $50,000+

Alliance Data

Capital One Bank

Cisco Systems

Encana Oil & Gas

United Way of the Metropolitan Dallas

Employees of Plano ISD

Salutatorian $20,000

Gay, McCall, Isaacks, Gordon & Roberts, P.C.

Huawei Technologies

Metroplex Technology Business Council

Park Place Lexus

Texas Instruments Foundation

The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy

Distinguished Achievement $10,000 - $19,999

Ebby Halliday Realtors

Fossil, Inc.

GE Capital Retail Bank

Mr. & Mrs. Ed Heffernan

InTouch Credit Union

Junior League of Collin County

M&A Technology

Kathy & Greg Nelson




For a complete list of donors, view the reception printed program PDF.


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