San Angelo Schools Foundation Grants $94,000 to SAISD Difference Makers


SAN ANGELO - The San Angelo Schools Foundation awarded $94,577 in grants to “difference maker educators” and campuses as part of their “Grants to Teachers” program.  

“San Angelo ISD cannot thank the San Angelo Schools Foundation and their Grants to Teachers program enough for their support of our educators' innovative ideas for growing future-ready graduates,” said SAISD Executive Director of Communication Molly Johnson Turk. “These grants help our teachers in fulfilling creative and impactful ideas to support the educational experience of our students. SAISD congratulates all our educators and campuses who were selected to receive a grant.” 

Information from the school districts states that the San Angelo Schools Foundation was established in 1989 to “support innovative academic opportunities for children of San Angelo ISD.”

Each year, the Schools Foundation focuses efforts on two major projects: grants to teachers and scholarships to students. 

Last year the foundation also added a new “Bright Ideas Initiative” as another avenue of giving available to SAISD employees and non-profit organizations. 

According to the school district, the Grants to Teachers program works to support SAISD educators by providing classroom grants and all-campus grants with the hope of enriching the education of SAISD students. 

This year, the Schools Foundation awarded grants to 66 SAISD educators as well as 11 All-Campus grants impacting 22 campuses, the school district stated.

For over thirty years, the Schools Foundation has been making special projects and initiatives possible by providing critical funding and support.  

Examples of projects and initiatives supported by grants to teacher funds include the Central High School Maker Lab complete with a 3D printer, Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) camps, Osmo interactive game systems for iPads, BAM (Books a Month) literacy initiative, and percussion instruments for special needs students and more, information stated.  

This year, SAISD educators and all-campus grant awardees were awarded funds by the Schools Foundation to bring a number of projects and resources to SAISD campuses including: 

  • STEM lab materials to spark creativity in science, technology, engineering and math,
  • Literacy enrichment supplies including book challenge supplies,
  • Tools and enhancements for our Career and Technical Education classes including floral design and culinary arts, 
  • Supplies for a sensory room to support social-emotional well-being, and
  • Enhanced music engagement through musical instruments such as digital grand pianos, ukuleles, and recorders. 

To apply for Schools Foundation grants, SAISD teachers and campuses complete applications detailing interesting, imaginative, and innovative ideas to inspire and motivate students and align with the SAISD learner profile attributes. 

The applications are then reviewed by the Schools Foundation, and awardees are determined. 

With the help of the grant funds from the Schools Foundation, ideas are brought to life on the campuses. 

“San Angelo ISD is greatly appreciative of the Schools Foundation’s decades of commitment to our SAISD students, support of our mission and our educators, and many contributions to improving our San Angelo community,” the school district stated. “The Schools Foundation extends gratitude to their sponsors and community partners that contributed to Grants for Teachers.”

The Schools Foundation is planning its 7th annual spring fundraising event “Bid & Boogie” that will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2023. 

For more information about the San Angelo Schools Foundation, the “Bid & Boogie” fundraiser, and how to join in the mission or contribute, visit www.saschools, email [email protected] or like and follow the Schools Foundation on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

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