Foundation awards grants
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–The Mabank ISD Education Foundation presented nine
innovative teaching grants to faculty in the school district
during its annual Grant Giveaway Dec. 15, 2011. A total of
$19,005.57 in grants was awarded.
Most grants sought and awarded requested funding for
cutting-edge technology, though two grants funded more
traditional requests, such as the establishment of a garden and
A total of nine grant proposals were funded this school year at
Central Elementary teachers Bettie Busby, Mary Ann Gregg,
Crissie Kovar, Tana Hoelscher and Shirley Miller were awarded a
$500 grant titled “Community Stewardship.” Funds will be used to
provide early opportunities for kindergarten students to learn
about Mabank’s federally-funded services like the Post Office
and the Waste Water Treatment Plant.
Since data shows that if individuals understand the importance
of their community, its resources and the public services
available, they will grow up to participate and be good stewards
of their community.
Also at Central Elementary, Rachel Stokes and Joanie Mason were
awarded a $1,000 grant for a hands-on math lab. The funds will
be used to help build a lab that all kindergarten through fourth
grade students can visit each week, where grade appropriate
games and activities are aligned to the state standards to help
build math self-esteem and confidence.
The third grant awarded to Central Elementary in the amount of
$1,972.50 went to Nancy Manning, Christine Grasser and Leslie
Ward for “Apples for the Students.” IPads will be purchased to
teach students how to access information that is at their
This creates a movement toward free flowing, global education,
teaching our students we must embrace the conveniences and
challenges of new technologies.
Mabank Intermediate was the recipient of two grants. Teacher
Christopher Evans ,who wrote a grant titled “MIS Information,”
was awarded $1,500 to purchase the equipment to establish a
small production studio.
This studio will be used to produce various media products to be
shared with the campus, district and community.
“Kindle the Flame for the Love of Reading” submitted by Cheryl
Pickens, Melissa Smith, Andrea Wallace, Jamie Dozier, Erin York,
Julie Sparkman and Candice Lawrence was funded in the amount of
$2,494.08. Kindle electronic bookreaders will be purchased to
move traditional teaching methods into the age of technology, to
reduce our carbon footprint, but most importantly to engage
struggling readers and close the gap on reading deficits.
Lakeview Elementary received three grants and also brought in
the largest overall grant funds totaling $7,038.99 campus wide.
Charity Groom, Kathy Reynolds, Windy Preston, Sue Hutcheson and
Karli Sutton were awarded $5,000 for their grant titled “SMART
Table Interactive Learning Center.”
The SMART Table provides students with the opportunity to
develop problem-solving skills by enabling them to work together
face-to-face, to complete the problem solving consensus building
A “Webcasting” proposal was submitted by Windy Preston ,who was
awarded $388.99. Webcasting is a wonderfully innovative and
effective avenue for exciting students about learning.
This approach to learning involves multiple schools and promotes
student engagement and sharing knowledge. Laurie Reeve, Amanda
Boss, Julie Levitt, Sandy Chasteen, Michelle Mesa and Sydney
Lyndamood were awarded $1,650 for a “Campus-wide Educational
Garden.” This hands-on approach to learning promotes the highest
level of learning. A campus garden will be a permanent fixture
for students to use for many learning activities for years to
Mabank High School counselors, Kathy Norman, Patricia Riley and
Gaye Stegman were awarded $4,500 for their grant proposal titled
“College Visions Program.”
Mabank ISD wants to increase the number of graduates who attend
college after high school, particularly first generation college
students, who may not have the support or encouragement at home
to pursue their college dreams.
While the counseling center provides a full suite of services to
assist students, growing class sizes, complicated admission
procedures, and perceived financial barriers are some of the
stumbling block students face.
This grant would fund campus visits for students and parents,
provide for a community mentor program, and supply access to
technology that simplifies the college search, applications and
funding process for all students.
The Mabank ISD Education Foundation board of directors thanks
those who donated funds to help promote innovative learning for
Mabank students. “Your continued support will ensure that our
students are ready for the future,” board president Andrea
More information about the Foundation and making a donation, may
be found at