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Channelview ISD Education Foundation gives grants to teachers

Pictured are Channelview High School science teacher Karen He- bert is presented with a $5,000 In- novative Teaching Grant by Chan- nelview ISD Education Foundation President Sholanda Dawkins during the Foundation's Surprise Patrol on March 7.
Pictured are Channelview High School science teacher Karen Hebert is presented with a $5,000 Innovative Teaching Grant by Channelview ISD Education Foundation President Sholanda Dawkins during the Foundation’s Surprise Patrol on March 7.

The Spring Break holiday was not the only reason that some Channelview ISD teachers had huge smiles on their faces.

With the sounds of the Channelview High School band vibrating through the hallways and a crowd of people with noisemakers leading the way, the Channelview ISD Education Foundation’s “Surprise Patrol” presented Innovative Teaching Grants to educators on several campuses on Friday, March 7.

Foundation board members and donors, school administrators, CHS band members, Channelettes and cheerleaders traveled by bus to campuses, presenting more than $16,000 in grants to teachers throughout the district.

Funds for the grants came from private donations from business and community members, as well as various individuals. The Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization that benefits Channelview ISD students and staff by supporting activities not funded by tax dollars through the regular school budget. In the past two years, the Foundation has given over $38,000 in grant funding to educators in the district.

“I would like to thank the donors who so generously contributed to the Foundation,” said Greg Ollis, Channelview ISD superintendent. “They are helping dreams to come true for students and teachers by providing grant funding and resources that will bring learning to life in our classrooms.”

“We are excited and proud to be able to provide learning opportunities for the teachers and students of Channelview ISD through these grants,” said Education Foundation President Sholanda Dawkins.

The grant recipients included:

  • Karen Hebert, Channelview High School, $5,000, Grant Title: Anatomy In Clay
  • Josh McDonald, Aguirre Junior High, $2,785, Grant Title: Learning with LEGOs
  • Cheryl Childs, Hamblen Elementary, $2,240.25, Grant Title: Mrs C’s Triple T’s Teaching through Technology
  • Justin Jackson, De Zavala Elementary, $2,225, Grant Title: Wireless Literature Circles
  • Nacha Griffin, Brown Elemementary, $2,000, Grant Title: Healthy All-Around Kits
  • Alan Stone, Channelview High School, $1,387, Grant Title: High Power Rocketry
  • Christina Castillo, PreKindergarten, $1,228, Grant Title: I-Pad Learning Experiences

Teachers who received these grants will use it towards their program for students to put their knowledge in mathematics, engineering, chemistry, technology and physics to work as well as enhancing students’ reading skills, learning concepts, applications of robotics, better understanding of healthy living, moving and being active.

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