The Shallowater Education Foundation is hosting its first fundraiser to fund scholarships. The first "Golfing for Graduates" event will take place on May 9th at Shadow Hills Golf Course. Help us make the future a little brighter for Shallowater High School graduates.
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The scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors from Shallowater High School. Applications will be distributed trough the high school counselors. Awards will be based on factors such as academics, leadership, and character.
And the winners are…the more than 1,559 Shallowater Independent School District students who will reap the benefits for years to come of $38, 7370 in grants awarded by the Shallowater Education Foundation on November 20.
Students and teachers in five district schools will be visited Tuesday by the “SEF Prize Stampede,” made up of Foundation Board members and top donors; the excitement will be apparent as award winners are presented with supersized checks. Teachers who submitted grant applications for new and innovative teaching ideas and curricular enhancements will be awarded from just under $500 for a specific classroom initiative to $1,500 for initiatives that involve instructional teams. The grants monies were accepted at the November 12th meeting of the Shallowater ISD Board of Trustees.
These awards, according to Foundation President Lloyd Caballero, represent a dramatic increase in the number of submissions and the number of awards given by the Foundation in this, the second year of its existence. “The grants also represent strong community support for achieving educational excellence in the schools and at a level beyond the reach of limited state funding and school property tax capacity. Donations—large and small—from across the community were pooled, grant applications were solicited and evaluated…and the result, we think, will provide a substantial boost to individual teachers and the district as a whole to strengthening student achievement.”
Shallowater ISD Superintendent Phil Warren agrees, “The district has undertaken some bold steps as the result of a bond that was recently passed—including several construction projects that will directly impact students next year—to strengthen learning and to prepare them to productively meet the challenges of a future that, in all likelihood, will require skills and knowledge well beyond what today requires. The support of the Foundation gives our efforts a great deal of ‘lift’” in reaching classroom instruction goals; it empowers talented teachers to take the learning several steps further.
The awards include grants for instructional technology and a multi-campus presentation by a well known motivational speaker. Each of the awards will support instructional initiatives during the 2012-13 school year and beyond, notes Dr. Kenny Border, Middle School Principal. “While these activities will directly benefit students enrolled in these schools and programs, the academic boost that it will give these students will last a lifetime. Most the grants entail resources that are durable, benefiting a succession of students for years to come...”
“The Foundation is delighted and proud to serve as a catalyst for educational innovation.” Border continues. “It would not be possible without private donations, regional entities like the Texas Pioneer Foundation, and a substantial investment of time and creativity by the district’s instructional staff.”
Donations from residents and businesses are helping expand learning opportunities for Shallowater ISD students.
Thanks to the new Shallowater Education Foundation, teachers throughout the district will share a total of more than 26 thousand dollars in grants awarded for winning project proposals.
Elementary principal Mary Hughes said, "This has been one of the most exciting days we've had in a long time. We're limited in funds in Texas. Our district supports us being innovative in the classroom and the foundation came along this year and they're supplying the money to help our teachers be innovative in the classroom."
Hughes said the grants are going to a variety of projects involving new technology, materials, and programs that are not covered by the school district's budget.http://www.myfoxlubbock.com/news/local/story/Shallowater-Mary-Hughes/S50TR1xA8kCYHSmI2NuXXw.cspx
Today we started the first of many Prize Stampedes from the Shallowater Education Foundation, surprising teachers with the news of funded grant requests. Putting money right back into our classrooms, benefiting our students, and making our community a better place!
By Joe Gulick Avalanche-Journal
At a time when Texas school districts are facing funding cuts from the state, the Shallowater Education Foundation was recently formed to support the Shallowater Independent School District.
The foundation will raise money from tax-deductible contributions and will provide grants for programs, training and tools to strengthen and enrich the district, Superintendent Phil Warren said.
“The foundation won’t set the direction for the school district, but it will support that direction,” Warren said.
Expected funding cuts from the state will create a leaner school district, which will have to function on a tighter budget, meaning the possibility of cutting programs along the way, Warren said.
“As a result of budget cuts, we may be forced to do less in the classroom,” said Shallowater school board president David Blackburn. “We hope the foundation will be able to fill some of the voids.”
The Shallowater ISD received a districtwide exemplary rating last year, and school district officials want to continue what is working successfully.
Foundation president Lloyd Cabellero said the organization has yet to begin funding.
“We are working to get it off the ground and running,” he said. “At our next meeting, we are going into the specifics for each area of the foundation.
“We’re to the point of organizing the board of directors,” Warren said.
Blackburn and school district trustee Camie Davis will join Warren on the board of directors.
Other members of the board will come from the community, Blackburn said.
“We want the foundation to be independent, and I think we will be able to do that with the structure we have,” Blackburn said.
Warren said he tried to organize a foundation twice before but ran into legal issues and other barriers.
A company called Foundation Innovation made the difference this time, he said.
Foundation Innovation develops foundations for school districts through an encompassing process that covers the many details involved.
A Foundation Innovation representative came to the Region 17 Education Service Center to make presentations to school districts, and Shallowater was the only district among the 59 districts in the region that was interested, Warren said.
The Pioneer Foundation, which is promoting the organization of foundations in school districts with enrollments under 1,500 students, provided a $20,000 grant to Foundation Innovation to set up Shallowater’s foundation, he said.
Four school districts in Region 16 were interested in setting up foundations. Region 16 is north of Region 17 and includes Amarillo, so Shallowater foundation members drive to Amarillo about every two months for a meeting about the organizational process.
Blackburn said community involvement is the most important part of the foundation, especially in a community where so many people are eager to help the school district.
“The establishment of the education foundation will provide an excellent opportunity for community involvement in our schools,” he said.
Warren said the process of organizing fundraising events for the foundation probably would not begin until September or October.
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