With a new school year just beginning, the Pasadena Education Foundation is already hard at work to provide for the needs of the over 56,000 students and more than 3,500 teachers.
The foundation was established in 2003, in large part to provide mini grants for programs large and small that would otherwise remain unfunded. Since that time, the foundation has awarded $1.9 million in grant funds.
To kick off the process for the 2015-2016 school year, the foundation is holding a mini grant workshop Wednesday, Sept. 9, in the board room of the administration building to aid those who wish to apply for funding this year.
Grants are awarded at the classroom, campus and district level up to $5,000.
To qualify for the mini grants, district employees must submit an application and proposal by Thursday, Sept. 17.
Winners will be notified in December when the Pasadena ISD Prize Parade surprises them at their campus.
Jeremy Jackson, an athletic trainer at Pasadena High School has received a few mini grants in his eight years at the campus.
"The impact that the education foundation has had on our program is enormous,” Jackson said. “It really encourages me to see someone who believes in what I’m doing. The education foundation is providing funds for me to help teach my students in a better way."
Carter Lomax Middle School teacher Cynthia Martinez Bagwill is shocked by the Prize Parade team as she received a mini grant for her classroom for $4,890.