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August 22, 2013

Education Foundation, Biltz family award teaching grants

Corsicana — It was a great start to the school year that begins on Monday.

Ten groups of teachers got the call to “come on down” Thursday at the Corsicana ISD Convocation to accept a grant from the Corsicana Education Foundation. The foundation awarded $31,602.97 to innovative programs benefiting CISD students.

In addition to the foundation grants, a special grant award was given by Dr. Charles and Jane Biltz, a grant that will send every sixth grade student from Drane Intermediate to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. The Biltzes and the Education Foundation have joined together to commit to funding the Biltz Museum grant for the next five years.

Other grants awarded during Thursday’s convocation include:

• “Bringing the Elements of Jazz to Corsicana” to Bre Osbourn, Jeff Osbourn and Curtis Oakley — the $2,400 grant will provide instruments to create a jazz band for Corsicana High and Collins Middle school students.

• At Bowie Elementary, “Strengthening the Core of Learning” focuses on building core stability for elementary level students. The $459.77 grant was awarded to teacher Kristen Darby.

• The award-winning Ag Mechanics program at Collins Middle School received a $6,500 grant for their next project “Math, Science, English, Shop & Careers” which will assist in a specialized lift for disabled veterans. Teachers are Larry Acock, Jennifer Sutton, Jennifer Cabano and Tracey Daniels.

• Using nature field guides, binoculars, nets, and other materials to reconnect students with nature, “Nature Nerds” will impact biology and environmental systems at CHS. The $3,000 grant was awarded to Lacey Ogburn, Linda Wells, Greg Hazelwood, Gary Jessie and Robert August.

• At Fannin Elementary, “Look Out! Here Comes Treble” will purchase musical instruments and tie music to core subjects. The grant of $923.75 was awarded to Cindy McCary.

• Spanish speaking students will be served by new Spanish Literature collections at Drane, Collins and CHS through the “Collection of Spanish Literature” grant. The $2,171.89 grant was awarded to Rudolph Villareal, Lucy Jones and Ruth Alba.

• Carroll Elementary had a waiting list of students last year wanting to join Carroll’s after-school Math Club. This year’s “Math Club” grant of $843.56 will continue to serve students interested in math and expand the program. Grant awarded to Molly Corrington.

• Collins Students who enjoy and seek the arts and professional performances may continue to do so through special arrangements and transportation by the Culture Club’s “Crazy for Culture” grant. The $2,500 grant was awarded to Monique Morgan, Denise Goodrich and Ana Gonzalez.

• “Oh, I See!” will provide new equipment for photojournalism and deaf education students at Collins Middle School. The $2,000 grant was awarded to Cynthia Garcia and Kristin Haden.

• The Education Foundation previously awarded another grant on June 7 to Drane Intermediate for a summer math camp that targeted 100 students. The “Light Up Math” grant provided an eight-day camp. Students involved in the camp saw a 74 percent increase in scores from pre-test to post-test.

The Corsicana Education Foundation is a 501(c)3, comprised of a board of volunteers from the community that strive to enrich, maintain and expand programs and projects at CISD. Through donations, the foundation has given over $600,000 to programs that support CISD students since 2002.

The primary fundraiser for CEF is the second Annual C&B Seen Gala hosted on Oct. 5, 2013 at the I.O.O.F. Convention Center from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Russell Boyd, The Piano Man, and the theme is the “Royal Blue, Black & White Gala.” Tickets are $75 per person, and table sponsorships are available. For more information, please contact CEF Executive Director Kristin Zastoupil at (903) 602-8133.

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