By 8:15 a.m. on Monday, April 3, everyone was on the bus: members of the Goin’ Gold band, the cheerleaders, the Tiger Doll officers, and members of the Mt. Pleasant ISD Foundation . They were off to award $39,949.86 in educator grants to 44 teachers on several Mount Pleasant ISD campuses. This grant cycle marked an amazing achievement for the MPISD Education Foundation as they surpassed half a million dollars given in grants since beginning the program eight years ago.
Grant recipients and their funded projects are:
Annie Sims Elementary School ($7,476.36): Linda Traughber, Karen Fox, Heather Miller, Loren Buchanan, April Driggers, Claudia Ramirez, Jordan Hollingsworth, Heather Clark, and Tammy Bragg for Chromebooks for their classrooms, Sandra Martinez for science materials, Adriana Sanchez for bilingual books, and Bethany Malone for math manipulatives.
E.C. Brice Elementary School ($4,860.41): Ruth Sustaita and Sonia Garcia for Bluetooth speakers, styluses and Mimio systems, Crystalla Anderson for math standard books, and Jamie King for 5 VEX IQ system robot sets and supporting items.
Frances Corprew Elementary School ($4,322.89): Jessica Williams for hands-on science supplies, Andrea Lindley for bilingual books and math manipulatives, Fredi Rivera for bilingual books, Whitley Hamilton for an organization system for the classroom, Bianca Contreras for books and manipulatives, Amanda Phillips for a classroom management system, and Aracely Sanchez for a speech articulation app to be used at all elementary campuses.
Vivian Fowler Elementary School ($7,388.12): Tasey Cates for sensory adaptation and hands-on items for the autism classroom, Alexi Smith for English and Spanish books, Patsie DeSantiago for a display system for student work, Ritchell De La Hoya for five VEX robotics kits and supporting items, Lisa Escobar for a smart TV and wall mount for the classroom, and Patty Moreno and Manuela Sarabia for smart TV’s, wall mounts, sound bars, and clickers.
P.E. Wallace Middle School($13,714.74): Nathan Rider for 3 Oculus VR sets and carrying cases, Karla Coker for board games and storage, Stefen Harmon for full-length mirrors for the dance room, Audrey Gonzales for 30 Jenga sets, Allie Thompson for cookware, utensils and kitchen supplies for the Life Skills classroom, Sonia Ibanez for iPads, headphones, lap desks and a charging station, Arely Nava for iPads, headphones and flexible seating, Lindsey Jennings for lap desks and a storage rack, Bridget Arevalos for a LEGO education Spike Prime set, Taylor Bernal for new volleyballs, Tara Flores for 3 VEX IQ Robot kits, and Katie Martin for a standing desk and games.
Mount Pleasant Junior High School ($1,774): Allison Caddel for classroom supplies and Cameron Ellis for iPads.
Titus County Shared Services – Special Education Department ($413.34): Angel Little in Occupational Therapy for puzzles to be used for OT at all elementary campuses.
“The Foundation awarded funds to 44 applicants in this spring cycle for a total of $39,949.86,” said Mariela Crockett, MPISD Foundation Executive Director. “Every grant cycle is special, but this one also marked a big milestone. As of this spring, we have awarded over a half-million dollars since our inception, $526,039 to be precise. Each one of these grants has made a difference in classrooms throughout MPISD. The MPISD Foundation was established 8 years ago and each year it has grown thanks to the support of MPISD teachers, staff, and the Mount Pleasant community. We are where we are now thanks to the collaborative effort of many caring individuals and we can’t wait to see what the future will bring. To all our supporters: THANK YOU for helping us enhance the educational experiences of students at Mount Pleasant ISD!”
Anyone interested in donating funds to the MPISD Foundation should contact Crockett at 903-575-2000.