BISD Education Foundation solicits grants for teachers
Pictured: Photo courtesy BISD
Bandera ISD Education Foundation Grant Chair, Dr. Barbara Skipper, right, hands over the "big check" to the kindergarten team at Hill Country Elementary, Nikki Edwards, left, and Kim Mooney. The grant was awarded to bring the "Brightlinks" interactive computer projection system to all classes in the Kindergarten.
The Bandera ISD Education Foundation has opened spring grant applications for Bandera ISD teachers. The Foundation has awarded more than $185,000 in grants for innovative instruction since 2006. Each grant is carefully selected through a rigorous process of committee analysis. Grants can be funded for as little as $100 or as much as $2000, if applied for jointly across a grade level or between campuses.
The grants selected for funding have spanned all grade levels and all subjects. Grants have been awarded to single teachers as well as to campus departments or grade levels. District wide grants have even been awarded to district level groups like campus librarians.
Grant recipients have impacted Bandera ISD campuses by increasing access to classroom technology, improving character education, adding more dynamic instructional materials as well as funding campus projects like an aquaponics facility at the High School. The most exciting part of the grant process is when the BISD Education Foundation "Prize Posse" arrives unannounced at a campus to award the "big checks" to grant recipients. The ringing of a school bell is the first sign that the Prize Posse has arrived on campus. The surprise on the faces of Bandera ISD teachers and students shows how thrilled they are to receive a coveted Education Foundation grant.