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Education Foundation Awards 19 Grants

By TAMMY DOWDY
DISD Director of Communications

Several groups of Dickinson Independent School District teachers and administrators had another reason to be thankful this holiday season as the district’s Education Foundation Awards Patrol visited campuses just before the Thanksgiving break to surprise campuses with grants for special programs and projects. During 2014, the Education Foundation awarded 19 grants totaling more than $50,000 to Dickinson ISD campuses and their administrators and teachers who applied for funds to enhance education throughout the district.

While grants awarded in the spring are already in the works, other teachers are eagerly getting projects planned and organized to implement later this school year with funds awarded this past month. The grants would not be possible without the support of the many businesses and individual donors who generously give to the Education Foundation each year through direct donations and fundraisers.

The projects already benefiting students from spring grants include the I-station Early Reading Program at K.E. Little Elementary, $3,200; McAdams Junior High Teen Leadership and Mentoring Program at Hughes Road Elementary, $700; an upgrade to the Transportation Department’s Buster the School Bus Robot, $522; and the Athletic Department’s ECG Program to provide electrocardiogram’s to student athletes at McAdams Junior High and Dickinson High School, $1,590.

Another 15 grants were awarded this fall for programs to be implemented in the coming months.

The Dickinson Alternative Learning Center will be using a $1,000 grant for a Destination DALC Uniform Bank, while all the elementary schools will benefit from a $1,300 grant for the program “Math with Dice — Connecting Parents to Student Learning.” McAdams Junior High will be providing a Math Summer Bridge Program with a $5,550 grant and a hot-air balloon Program with a $3,206 grant. A literacy program called “The Balance Beam” is in the works at Hughes Road Elementary with a $3,000 grant.

Students at Dickinson High School will benefit from several grants including an Eco-Art Wetlands Kayaking Adventure program, $1,335; Aquatic Science Coastal Wetlands Mural featuring local birds, fish and invertebrates, $1,730; the Shattered Dreams Special Edition program, $2,000; and Spinning Our Wheels — Adding Wheel Throwing Ability to the Art Classroom, $2,335. Two special grants were awarded to the school’s Engineering Design and Robotics programs totaling $10,000. They are Engineering Design through Prototyping: 3D Printing and Gatorzilla Robotics — Understanding STEM through Hands-On Inquiry, both for $5,000.

Both McAdams and DHS will be offering CPR Training for Students Program with a $3,854 grant, while Silbernagel Elementary is planning a Principal Choice Book of the Month with a $1,600 grant. The “Gator Garden” at Calder Road Elementary will be funded with a $3,663 grant. Students at Jordan Cove Apartments will continue to benefit this next summer from the annual Calder-Cove Connection Summer Reading Program thanks to a $3,800 grant.

Started eight years ago, the Dickinson ISD Education Foundation has raised more than $1.2 million and has used the funds to provide grants to teachers for classroom projects, scholarships, as well as student and staff recognition events.

 

 

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Come visit Barber's Candy Land
Santa’s elves have been busy at Barber; they have decked the halls with Christmas cheer for our students and community to enjoy! We invite you to take a break from your busy days to come over and tour our Holiday Hallways. Take a stroll down Candy Cane Lane, cruise down Frosty Freeway, wander down the Elf Expressway, travel down Lollipop Loop, walk down Gingerbread Run, or “Navigate the Elves” upstairs. Take a look at our Oh Christmas Tree, too! The elves covered the entire building with holiday cheer; we hope you’ll get into the spirit and visit us soon!
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