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SAISD Foundation to surprise teachers, students with grants totaling over $150,000


Release: May 10, 2017

Media Advisory

WHAT:      News conference announcing SAISD educators and innovative projects receiving over $150,000 in grants from the
                      SAISD Foundation immediately followed by winners receiving surprise notifications in their classrooms.

WHO:      Manny Ruiz, SAISD Foundation Board Chairman
                   Kim Harle, SAISD Foundation Grants Chairman
                    Pedro Martinez, SAISD Superintendent  
                    Teachers and students

WHEN:      May 11 (Thursday) – 10 a.m.

WHERE:    Advanced Learning Academy, 621 W. Euclid Ave., 78212

The best and brightest educational projects proposed by individuals and teams of SAISD educators will be honored with support funding totaling more than $150,000, thanks to the SAISD Foundation’s Innovative Grants Program. A record number 50 grant winners and 29 different schools are represented in this year’s giving.

Grant winners represent all grade levels and thousands of students will benefit through projects and opportunities designed to enrich their learning.  Grant giving begins on Thursday and will continue throughout May.

Following the announcement, media are invited to join Foundation Directors, SAISD School Board members, alumni and local partners and supporters on surprise classroom visits to several of the winning SAISD lead educators. Details on those awards will be provided at the press event.

The process began earlier in the spring when a record number of educators applied for grants to fund innovative projects that they would like to implement to pique student interest, increase student engagement and improve student academic performance.

Since the 2006-2007 school year, the SAISD Foundation has raised funds to support innovation in SAISD. To date, the SAISD Foundation has awarded more than 1,722 grants and gifts to schools totaling over $2.3 million to benefit SAISD students.