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Elementary and Primary Education
Galveston Independent School District
News Release
Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Galveston Educational Foundation awards nearly $20,000 in grants to GISD teachers  

GALVESTON, Texas –The Galveston Educational Foundation recently announced grant award winners for the Fall 2011 semester. Executive Director Eliza Quigley visited six schools to deliver ten grants worth nearly $20,000 for special projects dedicated to improving the quality of learning in Galveston schools. Teachers earned the grants based on submissions from GISD teachers for different programs they would like to pursue in the classroom ranging from $750-$4,000.

All of the grants awarded by the Galveston Educational Foundation were made possible through charitable donations given by generous community sponsors. Money contributed to the foundation goes towards grants for teachers. The foundation has raised nearly 1.5 million dollars for GISD schools since it started in 2002.

Fall semester grant winners and their projects included:

Colleen Moore (Ball High) - For ceramics supplies for AP Ceramics portfolios to be sent to College Board, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo competition where students can receive college scholarships. Worth $3,000

Anna Allebach (Galveston Early College High School) - To purchase quality literature to better prepare students for college such as literary classics Huckleberry Finn, Animal Farm, Sherlock Holmes, The Hobbit, The Odyssey, Oedipus the King, Peter Pan and more. Worth $1,000

Lois Rivaux (Morgan Elementary) – Funding for 3rd and 4th grade students to write, direct and produce a version of the play “Annie Jr.” Worth $750

Stephen Duncan (Ball High) – To purchase a Yamaha Harmony Director keyboard and sound system to teach students the mean tone temperament to improve their performance; to assist the band in competitions. Worth $2,000

Jessica Antonelli, Jennifer Flores de Stephenson, Scott Perry (Early Childhood University/Weis) – Funds for a hands-on learning opportunity for art, science, math and engineering through construction of an outdoor classroom with a bike-powered compost turner, solar-powered water reclamation, a vertical garden wall and a colorful mosaic outdoor center in line with STAAR standards. Worth $4,000

Jean Langevine (Ball Preparatory Academy) - For purchase of items needed for 12 students at Ball Prep to compete in Rice University 4th Global Health Technology and Design Competition for Houston-Area high school students. Worth $1,000

Anna Olivares (Ball High) - Funds for Nuevo Leon costumes to further expand the repertoire of cultural dances which the Ballet Folklorico performs. Worth $1,000

Lisa Carnes (Oppe Elementary) - To purchase items needed to further implement a balanced literacy in the classroom; books purchased will cover science, social studies and math. Worth $3,000

Deni Mize (Early Childhood University/Weis) – To purchase stage lights, microphones and video cameras in order to produce any sort of theatrical production at the school. Worth $1,000

Glenn Winstryg, Anna Garcia, Amanda Gaido (Austin Middle School) - To enable students to see and print  their projects in technology classes through the purchasing of a digital tablet. Worth $3,000

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