101 Plano ISD Teachers Surprised with $127,000+ in Grants From Education Foundation
Amid gleeful smiles and student cheers, 101 Plano ISD teachers across 54 schools were surprised on Thursday, November 3 with $127,000+ in grants to support on-campus initiatives that promote student enrichment. These grants are funded annually by the Plano ISD Education Foundation and business sponsors.
“I love getting to see how excited the students are for their teachers, especially those younger students who don’t bother to hide their excitement. All of them will have a story to tell – their teacher is a winner, and those lucky students will find out in the grant presentation what their teacher has planned for them. Whatever the grant is intended for, we know that it is something special that was only made possible with the generous support of the Education Foundation and their partners.” stated Plano ISD Superintendent Dr. Theresa Williams.
The grant process began weeks ago as educators across the district were invited to apply. Grant applications were judged by a crew of volunteers who completed a scoring rubric that aimed to rate applications on important elements like expected outcomes and how the grant money will be spent. Details regarding the research behind the requests as well as how projects support the Plano ISD strategic plan were also required in the applications.
Funded grants run the gamut from science, English language learning, special education, libraries, field trips and more. They include programs for all age levels from preK to senior high.
A special thank you to Park Place Lexus (founding sponsor), H-E-B and the CoServ Charitable Foundation for sponsoring this year's event.
The foundation’s portion of the grants are funded through annual events and fundraisers, such as the SKI (Supporting Kids In) Plano event, Community Honor Roll Heros campaign, the annual North Texas Giving Day Campaign, as well as the Plano ISD employee campaign. SKI Plano, the foundation’s largest fundraising event, is open to the public and will be held on February 4, 2023. For more information about this event, including sponsorship or donation opportunities, visit skiplano.org.
To learn more about the foundation’s ongoing work and upcoming events to fund programs and assistance to schools, visit the Plano ISD Education Foundation website.