The Pasadena ISD Education Foundation Prize Parade marched through the hallways of 18 campuses ringing bells, clapping hands and spreading joy as they surprised numerous teachers in their classrooms with mini grants to fund educational programs and initiatives.
Four teams, comprised of members of the Pasadena ISD Education Foundation, Board of Trustees, district leaders and community sponsors, handed out $96,000 in classroom grants.
These grants will be used for various classroom enhancements like iPads for education, providing language software, robotics programs and more.
The Pasadena ISD Education Foundation has provided over $1.9 million in mini-grants to educators in the district over the last 13 years. The foundation board, made up of 35 committed members from business, industry and the community members, combines efforts with the support of hundreds of generous donors to “grant” a teacher’s wish to fund programs for their students.
“We love seeing the smiles on teachers’ faces when they receive their grants,” Cindy Parmer, director of community relations said. “The prize parade is a testament to the hard work and generosity of our community sponsors and donors, and also, to our teachers and principals. They work hard daily to educate our kids, and put in extra time and effort to provide the tools to help them succeed in the classroom and beyond.”
Thanks to all of the generous sponsors and the Pasadena ISD Education Foundation for making this possible.
The sponsors are: ABC Dental; Neighbors Emergency Center; McDonald’s; the Pasadena High School Class of 1972; Rosewood Funeral Home; OfficeMax; Phelps Insurance; Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union; CommunityBank of Texas; Gallagher Barmore; Pasadena Chamber of Commerce; Rogers, Morris and Grover, LLP; Shell Deer Park; Nestle Waters; IBI Group; Garner Environmental Services, Inc.; Collier Construction; Brotherton Enterprises; ASA Daily; Meador Staffing; Wayne and Pat Adams; Gulfgate Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram; CenterPoint Energy; and Texas Bay Credit Union.
Mini Grant: Steel Drum Band Supplies; Amount: $1,491; Sponsor: OfficeMax
This grant will provide new equipment for the school's Caribbean Steel Drum Band so they can continue to share their diverse world music with students, teachers, and the community for years to come.
Mini Grant: Create, Invent, Design – Learn; Amount: $2,520; Sponsor: Phelps Insurance
This grant will allow students to use their creativity and participate in STEM-based activities.
Mini Grant: Reaching All Readers; Amount: $4,769.00; Sponsor: Gulf Coast Educators FCU
Mondo Publishing offers leveled books of high interest topics which help motivate students to read. This series of books challenges all levels of readers below grade level, on grade level and above grade level.
Mini Grant: iLearn Through iPads Amount: $ $4,842.00; Sponsor: CommunityBank of Texas
iLearn through iPads will integrate digital learning into the fourth grade curriculum and hopefully create life-long learners while strengthening their 21st century technology skills.
Mini Grant: Flipping and Blending Learning in the Lote Classrooms; Amount: $5,000; Sponsor: Gallagher Barmore
This program is designed to help students in Lewis CTHS LOTE classrooms become self-monitoring, self-regulating, self-motivated foreign language learners.
Mini Grant: Live, Love, Literacy; Amount: $4,950; Sponsor: Pasadena Chamber of Commerce
“Live, Love, Literacy” will help increase reading skills with high-interest reading related to math, science and social studies objectives.
Mini Grant: BACE; Amount: $4,800; Sponsor: ABC Dental
Bulldog’s Academic Collaboration to Excel is comprised of pre-AP History, Science, Math and ELAR students who will serve as peer mentors. Each honor student will be partnered with an ELL student and serve as a coach to assist with clarity of content, establish a content foundation, vocabulary development and a deeper knowledge of the specific content.
Mini Grant: Moving Minds; Amount: $4,950; Sponsor: Neighbors Emergency Center
This grant supports kinesthetic learners who need their bodies to be in motion to learn.
Mini Grant: A Garden of Earthly Delights; Amount: $5,000; Sponsor: McDonald's
This grant will allow the school to create a garden for the first time. The garden will be used to grow native plants, fruits and vegetables and will create an environment for all to observe, discover, experiment, nurture and learn.
Mini Grant: Media Center 1:1 Support Project; Amount: $5,000; Sponsor: PHS Class of 1972
The grant will allow PHS to update the media center’s furnishings to accommodate students and staff.
Mini Grant: Sensory Lab for Success; Amount: $2,418; Sponsor: Rosewood Funeral Home
Funding through this grant will provide a sensory lab in the classroom will boost creativity, teach problem-solving skills and help students engage in social interaction through play.
Mini Grant: On the Big Screen; Amount: $5,000; Sponsor: Shell Deer Park
This grant will provide a large projector screen in the cafeteria.
Mini Grant: Kinesthetic Classroom; Amount: $2,971; Sponsor: Nestle Waters
This program will provide students with various tools to help boost brain function and interest level in classroom activities.
Mini Grant: Power Hour; Amount: $3,700; Sponsor: Rogers, Morris and Grover LLP
This grant will provide intervention with students who are struggling in core classes.
Mini Grant: Action-Based Learning and Sensory Integration Lab; Amount: $4,986; Sponsor: IBI Group
This program will provide sensory materials geared toward meeting various visual, tactile, auditory and action-based needs of student.
The Great Outdoors: Frazier’s Nature Center; Amount:$4,693; Sponsor: Garner Environmental Services, Inc.
The Frazier Nature Center is an outdoor classroom designed to provide a rich environment for students to participate in hands-on learning, observations, and experiments.
Mini Grant: STEM MakerSpace; Amount: $3,447.00; Sponsor: Collier Construction
In order to foster and extend interest in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) during students’ intermediate school years, Thompson will have the opportunity to create a STEM focused MakerSpace in the library.
Mini Grant: Tech Tools for Digital Kids in Pre-K; Amount:$4,788.00; Sponsor: Brotherton Enterprises
This grant will provide stationary computer stations in classrooms, creating an engaging learning experience for students.
Mini Grant: Closing Autism Gaps with iPads; Amount:$987; Sponsor: Wayne and Pat Adams
The grant will provide iPad minis that will be used for instruction and classroom activities, promoting a visual and digital learning environment.
Mini Grant: Learning Through Movement; Amount:$4,940; Sponsor: Meador Staffing
This grant will provide an Action-Based Learning Lab (ABLL) in the classroom to help address learning gaps, especially among second language learners.
Mini Grant: Action Learning with GoPros; Amount:$3,500; Sponsor: ASA DALLY
This grant will allow students to demonstrate their understanding of a topic by producing items in textual, numerical, visual, audio and multimedia form using GoPros.
Mini Grant: Stop, Collaborate and Listen; Amount:$1,980; Sponsor: Gulfgate Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep
This grant will provide audio books in the classroom to help students build listening and reading skills.
Mini Grant: LLI Can Read; Amount: $4,750; Sponsor: CenterPoint Energy
LLI CAN READ is designed to assist struggling readers.
Mini Grant: Teaching with Technology; Amount: $4,980; Sponsor: Texas Bay Credit Union
This grant will provide iPads for teachers to use in small group settings.