NBISD teachers were surprised with big checks as the NBISD Education Foundation held its annual Grant Awards Parade on Friday, May 10. 

Members of the NBISD Education Foundation awarded 21 grants totaling $65,634.90. The parade group, including Education Foundation members, school board members and staff visited nine NBISD campuses to surprise teachers with grants they had applied for earlier in the semester.

“Our teachers deserve our support and appreciation, and as an education foundation, it’s our goal to ensure that NBISD teachers have as many resources as possible to thrive and to educate our students every day,” said NBISD Education Foundation Executive Director Reagan Parks. 

Donations to the NBISD Education Foundation can be made here.

This year’s grant recipients included:

Project Name Funded Amount Teacher(s) Campus
Maker’s Haven: Unleashing Creativity with 3D Printing and Laser Cutting $3,451.00 Sara Velazquez-Brooks Ninth Grade Center
Audible Pages: Embracing Stories $3,772.00 Brittney Brittain Klein Road Elementary
Harmonizing Learning: Empowering Elementary Music with Touchscreen Technology $1,745.00 Danielle Whiteside Klein Road Elementary
Rockin’ Our Reading with Geodes Decodable Books $5,000.00 Lisa Aguirre Klein Road Elementary
Reading Kits to increase Family Engagement $900.00 Morgan Weeks-Boyer Klein Road Elementary
Rockin’ with Rekenreks! $1,500.00 Stephanie Schulz Klein Road Elementary
We Excel with IXL $4,500.00 Cari Dionisio New Braunfels Middle School
Lone Star Maps for Star Students $2,319.00 Francisco Dionisio New Braunfels Middle School
IXL-erated Reading $4,500.00 Kirstin May New Braunfels Middle School
Cover One, Cover All! $2,590.00 Amanda Alden, Amanda Hunt, Sara Velazquez-Brooks, Tracey Griffin New Braunfels Middle School, Oak Run Middle School, Ninth Grade Center, New Braunfels High School
Self-Regulation Bins $4,181.00 Shelby Garcia Voss Farms Elementary
Gym Climbing Wall $5,000.00 Erik Woods  Walnut Springs Elementary
Books that Talk! $5,000.00 Julie Gallichio Walnut Springs Elementary
Building Our “B-A-G” of Tricks! $1,080.00 Maribel Holtz Walnut Springs Elementary
Oh the Places We’ll Go! AVR Learning Experience $4,705.00 Isabel Cooper, Marci Jenkins, Carla Bryan Lone Star Early Childhood Center
Letter Learning for All! $2,730.00 Isabel Cooper, Sonya Dominguez, Vanessa Tilghman, Ana Cardenes Lone Star Early Childhood Center
From Bored to Board $4,182.00 Laura Best Veramendi Elementary
3D Print Club $1,799.90 Melanie Bowen Veramendi Elementary
Student Soundwave Support: Empowering the Podcasting Generation $1,674.00 Amanda Hunt Oak Run Middle School
VR & AR 4 SG (Small Groups) $4,499.00 Amber Ramirez Oak Run Middle School
Hands-On Learning to Develop Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP) in Emergent Bilingual Students $507.00 Laura Burns Oak Run Middle School
Total 21 Grants at 9 Campuses $65,634.90


About the NBISD Education Foundation

The NBISD Education Foundation was established in 1999 to provide assistance to and to generate financial support for the NBISD. The Foundation provides funds not available through the District’s normal operating budget for programs and activities to facilitate achievement and skill development, to recognize and encourage staff excellence, and to provide a vital link between the community and the classroom. For more information about the Foundation, go to https://www.nbisd.org/community/nbisd-education-foundation.

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