SAISD Foundation funds $95,000 in Innovative Grants

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SAISD Foundation funds $95,000 in Innovative Grants

SAN ANTONIO, May 22, 2012 – The ingenious ideas of 35 SAISD educators soon will reach fruition, thanks to funding from the SAISD Foundation.

Through over $95,000 in grant monies – one of the largest amounts ever given since the foundation was formed in 2007 - recipients will be able to finance specially-designed lessons for their students.

Innovative Grant recipients were announced during a May 22 news conference at Edison High School. The grant for that campus is a $3,600 gift that will help fund a college experience trip to the University of Southern California for students interested in science careers. Edison students will attend lectures and labs and meet with university professors and students to broaden their horizons and learn the pathways to achieve their career goals.
After the announcement, recipients learned of their selection from foundation trustees, SAISD School Board members, alumni and local supporters through surprise visits to their classrooms and offices.

Since the fall of 2007 the SAISD Foundation has awarded nearly $600,000 in Foundation grants benefiting thousands of SAISD students.

Following are details on three of the 35 Innovative Grant projects:

Edison HS, Alexandra Rios — “Framing the Pathways to Science Careers – From High School to College.” Helps to fund a five-day college experience trip for 20 students to the University of Southern California, showcasing the life of a science major at a major university.  Along with experiencing a college lecture and lab tours, aspiring scientists from Edison’s Integrated Physics & Chemistry class will be matched with university students pursuing like-minded professions to build  roadmaps to their career destination – charting grades to obtain, organizations to join, internships to pursue and more.

Beacon Hill ES, Lois Anders — “DIG: Discoveries in Ground.”  Natural learning environments will be constructed to provide areas to explore past and present soil, sand and rocks, helping to improve children’s cognitive development and improve awareness, reasoning and observational skills.  Students will excavate rocks and fossils, investigate soils, landforms and the ground’s surface, and host a Dinosaur Dig to construct fossils and models of dinosaur bones.

Burbank HS, Claudio Garcia — “SAT Campus College Readiness - Raising Standards.” SAT prep program for the high school and feeder middle school campuses to provide increased study materials. Funding will provide all the high school students, along with 8th graders, with access to online study websites such as College Board, as well as close to 300 SAT books for preparation including teacher guides.




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