Montgomery ISD Education Foundation’s “Grant Express’ awards over $43,000 to district educators

Twenty grants were awarded to bring creativity and innovation to MISD classrooms

The Montgomery ISD Education Foundation awarded a total of $43, 298 in grants for innovative projects to educators across the district today.

Members of the MISD Education Foundation Board of Directors, MISD Trustees, district staff, and foundation donors formed the MISD Education Foundation “Grant Express”, taking a Montgomery ISD bus from campus to campus surprising educators with news that innovative classroom projects they had applied for in the fall would be funded by the Foundation.  

The Montgomery ISD Education Foundation’s grant program is designed to encourage, facilitate, recognize and reward innovative and creative instructional approaches that will enhance the educational experience for students. Members of the Foundation spent the past several months developing an enhanced grant program that promotes collaboration between departments and a robust application process.

“Support from our Education Foundation is instrumental to enhancing innovative learning in our district,” Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison said. “The creativity of our teachers and staff and the generosity of our Foundation to fund the dreams our educators have for students is an enormous benefit.” 

MISD Education Foundation Executive Director Tiffany Ortiz formed a grant sub-committee to evaluate and research nearly 40 grant proposals that were submitted through the application process. This committee included members of the MISD Education Foundation Board of Directors, district leadership and nine individuals who have children enrolled in the district or are local business owners actively involved in Montgomery ISD.

“The Foundation is extremely grateful to the members of the grant sub-committee who helped us with our final selections,” Ortiz said. “Their knowledge and support ensured that all grants are beneficial and in the scope of Montgomery ISD’s curriculum, as well as campus and district improvement plans.” 

In total, the twenty grants awarded will fund innovative classroom projects that will support thousands of students throughout the district’s ten campuses. The grant awards included eight individual educator grants, five instructional team grants, five campus grants and two multi-campus grants.

Lincoln ES received the following grants:

A New Spin on Learning- Campus Grant- $2,266

Future Scientists- Campus Grant- $1,525

Getting Back to the SWING of Things- Campus Grant- $621.09

Sensational Sensory Kids- Instructional Team Grant- $2,204

Montgomery HS received the following grants:

Wheels for Ceramics- Instructional Team Grant- $4,999.20

Men of Montgomery Choir Fest- Grant for All Secondary Campuses- $3,000

Montgomery ES received the following grants:

Learning Alive Rug- Individual Educator Grant- $468.96

Listening=Learning- Individual Educator Grant- $1,494.52

Oh the Things You Can Think- Multi-Campus Grant- $5,000

Relating Through Rhythm- Individual Educator Grant- $1,896.65

Keenan ES received the following grants:

Coders and Computational Thinkers- Individual Educator Grant- $1,518

STEM for ALL- Campus Grant- $3,449.98

Oak Hills JH received the following grant:

Choir Media- Individual Educator Grant- $1,407.95

Lake Creek HS received the following grants:

Improved Intonation for the Band- Individual Educator Grant- $600

Molecular Model Kits- Individual Educator Grant- $254.85

Madeley Ranch ES received the following grants:

Let’s Go with the FLO!- Campus Grant- $2,340

Flexible Seating for Flexible Learners- Instructional Team Grant- $3,166

Stewart Creek ES received the following grant:

Drums, Dance and Drama- Individual Educator Grant- $1,448.75

Montgomery JH received the following grants:

Our World and Beyond- Instructional Team Grant- $1,722.17

Leveling Up Literacy- Instructional Team Grant- $3,915.01

“The purpose of our foundation is to enhance what our amazing educators are already doing in their classrooms,” Ortiz said. “Today we were able to complete a process that was only possible thanks to the donations of our local business community, our Montgomery ISD families and every person that has played a part in our fundraising efforts this past year!”

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