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Education Foundation Prize Posse delivers grant checks


BISD Education Foundation President Hooter McMullan, center, presents a check for $18,407 to BISD Board President Laurie Neff, left, during the regular meeting of the board on Nov. 9. Trustee Brittany S. Hicks, right, is the board liaison to the foundation. This money will go toward funding grants for innovative instruction in the classroom. The Bandera ISD Education Foundation is a volunteer, non-profit corporation, which solicits, manages, and disburses contributions to enrich and enhance education opportunities for staff and students in BISD that fall outside the scope of the district's normal operating budget.

BMS Assistant Principal Dayle Heiner, center, and Counselor Keri Irvin, left, accept a grant check for $3000 from BISD Education Foundation President Hooter McMullan for the completion of a computer lab on campus. The grant will fund 10 Chrome Box stations with assorted accessories and peripherals.

BMS Social Studies Chairman, Jennifer Schmitt, center, is surrounded by happy student faces when she learns that their department won a grant to outfit all the social studies classrooms with 50" monitors. "Our new social studies adoption has some great online resources that will really make history come alive," Schmitt reported, "these monitors will make all the difference."

The Science Department at BMS, from left, Jason Terrill, Bradly Wilkinson, Jacqueline Innanen and Mike Lenz, were surprised to receive a "big check" to fund their grant "Color Me Smarter." The foundation awarded them $960 to purchase supplies needed to make colored foldables for key scientific concepts. The use of color on the foldables makes remembering the concepts easier for students and heightens student engagement.