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.
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.