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MISD’s Executive Director shares the key to icing on the cake during CCLAC luncheon 

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CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Executive Director of the Mabank ISD Education Foundation Tonya Chapman spoke as the guest speaker during the first Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber (CCLAC) luncheon of 2021. 
Chapman, who has been with MISD for 31 years spent 17 of those years in the classroom as a teacher before becoming a counselor. When the opportunity became available for Chapman to work with the education foundation, she said it was a natural progression. “Being a teacher, it was the best way for me to continue helping teachers.”
“Educators are a phenomenal being and it takes a lot to do their job,” said Chapman. “This past year has been even more difficult for them.”
Education foundations were explained by Chapman as a 501(c)3 support system for a school district. She says one thing that is covered a lot is the question of why districts need more money when taxpayers pay their taxes. “What schools are funded by the state is like a bare bone, just enough to get by. You pay teachers, you pay facilities, you pay the utility bills, those type of things,” Chapman says. 
In comparison when you talk about extra funds for a school district, an education foundation is like the icing on a cupcake. It gives just a little extra support for the school system. Why do districts need extra support? “We want to educate kids the best way that we possibly can.” Chapman said that when you talk about education foundations going out and raising money for their district that can assist teachers in taking a student’s learning to the next level. “We can provide grants to teachers so they can maybe purchase special equipment or do special programs or do reading enrichment programs. Any type of enrichment that is outside the normal scope of education,” she says. 
Chapman spoke highly of the support the foundation has received especially throughout 2020 when fundraising efforts were cut short due to the pandemic. This past summer they got creative with a pasture golf tournament. A borrowed pasture fundraiser netted the foundation $5,000 to help teachers and students. Grants from individual organizations such as Trinity Valley Electric Cooperative and the Kimberly Rumfield Group have given throughout the year which Chapman says has tremendously helped the foundation’s fundraising efforts. However, she said they look forward for the opportunity to get out and start fundraising again. 
Most districts have an education foundation said Chapman so if you are interested in donating or becoming a board member and getting involved contact your district’s administrative office. For more information on the Mabank ISD Education Foundation contact Tonya Chapman at (903) 880-1300 extension 1325 or visit www.mabankisd.net/page/edfoundation.home.