The Keller ISD Education Foundation distributed almost $50,000 in grants to teachers and librarians Jan. 9 and 12 during the annual Prize Patrol.
Nineteen grants ranging from $398.94 to $7,857.50 were awarded at 15 campuses to help educators implement innovative ideas.
“The purpose of the grants is to put dollars into the classroom above and beyond turning the lights on and normal school business,” said Kelli Marshall, executive director of the Keller ISD Education Foundation.
The grants are designed to encourage teachers to take risks and be creative in providing a better education for students, Marshall said.
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Since 2006, the foundation has given almost $290,000 in classroom grants.
This year’s awards included funds for new telescopes, iPads to give special education students more ways to communicate, equipment for intermediate students to design robots and materials for middle school students to put on a mystery theater “Who killed Hamlet?” for elementary kids. Other grants boosted technology in libraries and classrooms to engage students in 21st century learning.
Marshall said the KISD Education Foundation provides a concrete way for community members to help their schools.
“It doesn’t matter if you give $1 or $10,000, you can make an impact on the classroom,” she said. “It’s a great way to make a difference.”
For more information on the foundation, visit kisdfoundation.net.
Sandra Engelland, 817-431-2231