SAISD Foundation to award surprise mini-grants, including one for girls' coding program

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What:    SAISD Foundation to surprise educators with $500 mini-grants, including grant for ‘Girl Code’ program to raise interest in STEM fields

Who:     SAISD Foundation and recipient teachers

When:   Jan. 20 (Wed.) – 1:30 p.m.

Where:  Hawthorne Academy, 115 W. Josephine St.

It’s a great start this week to the second semester of the school year for District educators whose projects are being funded through SAISD Foundation $500 mini-grants.

Among the upcoming surprise presentations will be one at Hawthorne Academy, where 8th-grade teacher Leslie Sabala, will receive the first mini-grant to be presented this week for “Girl Code.” The goal of this program is to increase girls’ interest in STEM fields through exposure to coding through Scratch, Arduino, Python and Raspberry Pi. The program will run as an afterschool program for middle school students at Hawthorne Academy.

In total, the SAISD Foundation will be awarding 130 mini-grants to SAISD teachers and educators across 56 SAISD schools this school year. In addition to the featured project, other grants will support chess and comic book clubs, hands-on tools in math and science, health and fitness clubs, classroom libraries and ebooks for previously funded Kindle projects and more.

The SAISD Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that exists solely to support San Antonio ISD schools, programs and teachers. Since 2007, the SAISD Foundation has awarded more than $2 million in grants to District schools, programs and teachers.