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Invest in Foundation to invest in SAISD children

Invest in Foundation to invest in SAISD children
As a former coach, I know well the word “champion,” and there is no greater champion of the San Antonio Independent School District than the SAISD Foundation.
Since 2007, it has been investing in SAISD children through educator grants and by forging business and educational partnerships that help pave the way for our students’ success.
Each year, the Foundation funds classroom projects through its Innovative Grant program. Last year, SAISD teachers received more than $109,000 in grants, funding 39 classroom projects to be implemented this coming school year. Over the years, a variety of projects has been funded, from a morning strings class at Highland Hills Elementary School to interactive learning walls set up in the hallways of the Knox Early Childhood Education Center, so that even hall wait time has become a learning opportunity.
That's just one way the foundation supports our efforts toward quality and creative learning. There is also a Principal Grant program, and first-year teachers are helped by the New Teacher Supply Grant, which provides funding to help cover the cost of classroom supplies.
These programs are valuable enhancements to what we do as a District, as is the Foundation’s dedication to serving as a liaison for some of our community partnerships, including the most recent one with the 80/20 Foundation (Rackspace co-founder Graham Weston’s foundation) that will pay for computer coding classes at Highlands High School this coming school year. The high school will be the first in Texas to offer the web-based CodeHS course, which teaches coding basics. As Graham Weston stated at an Urban Land Institute luncheon back in April, we can improve our city and our District one school at a time.The SAISD Foundation is helping to do that, with the vast majority of the money raised going right back into our classrooms to benefit our students.
Monetary support of the Foundation is crucial to continuing to support the programs that it funds, but I also encourage you to get engaged so you can feel good about giving and be able to see firsthand that your money is going to a good cause.
You can learn more about SAISD by attending one of the Foundation’s Spotlight Series breakfasts, held throughout the year at different schools in an effort to showcase our programs and successes. The Foundation also annually hosts the INSPIRE Awards, which recognizes past, present and future shining stars of SAISD; the 4E Run/Walk & Health Festival and the Golf Fore Excellence Tournament – all great opportunities to get involved with SAISD and benefit our students at the same time.
Whether you are a part of the business community, general community or an alum looking to reconnect with your District and see the great progress it has made over the years, we welcome all who want to engage with and invest in SAISD.
When you say yes to the Foundation, you say yes to the children of SAISD and their promising futures.


Dr. Sylvester Perez

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