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Foundation funds teacher grants of more than $300,000

June 12, 2018 GMT

The Katy Independent School District Education Foundation recently announced its sixth year of “Inspiring Imagination” teacher grant recipients.

More than 300 Katy ISD teachers at 42 different campuses were chosen for grants totaling $314,691 this year. Grant activities range from school gardens to robotics and extend to all subjects and grade levels. Funding will be provided for the 2018-19 school year. Over the past six years, the foundation has awarded $1.3 million in grants.

This school year, the fundation raised and distributed more than $500,000 to its Katy ISD community: $250,000 in Harvey relief for Katy ISD staff and students followed by the teacher grants. The foundation exists to raise support for and manage the grant program, an initiative that funds innovative classroom instruction not possible within the parameters of a school district budget. The foundation’s board of directors launched its one-time Harvey Fund special project in response to the storm’s effect on the Katy ISD community.

Grants are made possible by annual pledges from business and community investors, one-time contributions and events. The foundation hosts two major fundraising events every year: Fireflies and Foodtrucks, slated for Oct. 18, 2018, and GROOVE on March 29, 2019.

BP, the Foundation’s Cornerstone Investor, funded multiple grants for its BP STEM Grant Program.

The Katy ISD Education Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) organization for which donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. To learn more, contact foundation@katyisd.org, visit www.katyisdeducationfoundation.org or call 281-396-6031.