Each month we highlight the creative and innovative grants that the SAISD Foundation awards educators in SAISD because we know and believe in the power of educators. Their ideas, their projects, and their programs that we fund create positive change inside the classroom and out. One of the changes we see most often in grant impact evaluations is increased student engagement and increased student attendance.
Out of the responses received from the 200 fall 2021 educator mini-grant awards, 88% of the teachers reported increased engagement due to their grant project from the SAISD Foundation. Teachers like Ms. Martinez at Schenck Elementary also reported "students were always eager and excited for Wednesday Game Club, we always had perfect attendance."
Several teachers reported social-emotional gains for students as well. For example, Ms. Rosales-Nino at Lanier High School reported quieter and more withdrawn students participated more in group activities through historical games that provided new and different ways to interact with their classmates. Students gained confidence in a new skill, like in Ms. Gutierrez's 7th-grade art class at YWLA where they learned how to use tools associated with glass art. Two of her students earned gold medals with this new art form at San Antonio VASE (Visual Arts Scholastic Event). Teachers also reported that students were more motivated to be at school to use new equipment as a result of these projects like Ms. Reed's light table at Nelson Early Childhood.
"To expand student experiences in STEM" is one of the SAISD Foundation's strategic priorities that we have been working hard to achieve through increased programming like 3D Printing. At the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year, 10 SAISD campuses received grants for 3D printers and supplies. Across these campuses, 38 educators participated in a 3D printing workshop conducted by SAISD's Ed Tech Department to learn best practices across contents. The initial group had such success that a second round of grants were awarded to 13 campuses and 30 more educators were trained in April 2022. Click on the SAISD Insider article below to read more about this exciting STEM expansion. Click here to donate to support more STEM programing like this.
Thank you to all of the sponsors, players and volunteers that participated in our 2022 Golf FORE Excellence Tournament held this month. It was a SELLOUT! Thanks to YOU, the event was a resounding success that raised over $130,000 net for the SAISD Foundation. Click here to view all our sponsors.
$.96 out of every dollar raised by the SAISD Foundation goes directly back into funding projects for students and teachers in SAISD. With these funds, we support educator grants, student scholarships and emergency gap funding as well as initiatives across SAISD like the 3D Printing program highlighted below. Know that when we share our programs, YOU are a huge part of making them happen! THANK YOU!
Foundation ED, Judy Geelhoed, with Dr. Jaklich and SAISD leaders.
Foundation Treasurer, Mike Grundon & Firstmark Credit Union staff.
Tiffany Grant, Foundation Director, with Title Sponsor Escamilla & Ponneck.
Title Sponsor, Alta Architects, with SAISD alumni golfers.
Companies Add to Employee Support
Our work would not be possible without the support of our donors. Whether it is philanthropic foundations, corporations, or individuals making the donations, we are grateful for every dollar. We are especially grateful to those individual supporters that take advantage of their employer's matching gift or giving programs. When our donors do so, they are able to access company funding to amplify their own contributions.
Here we are highlighting a few of the companies who contribute because of our donors and volunteers. Many companies like USAA, United Health Group, and Travelers, match employee gifts 1:1, and some companies like Coca-Cola match 2:1. Companies like Kohl's and Microsoft make an hourly contribution for volunteer hours. Valero and additional companies allow employees to nominate organizations to receive grants like those from the Valero Benefit for Children, while other local corporations like 3M and Argo have an employee giving council where we can submit for a project.
To date, our students & teachers have benefitted from matching gifts from:
Accenture, Apple, AT&T, BAE, Cisco, Dell, Knight Office Solutions, Marathon Petroleum, Mass Mutual, Oracle, Pearl, Rackspace, Travelers, and Verizon. They have also benefitted from donations for volunteer hours from: Microsoft and Kohls.
These are just companies we know about where our donors and volunteers work. Do you work for an employer that matches gifts and/or supports volunteer hours? Does your company have an employee giving council or grant nomination process? Let us know at email@example.com.
SAISD Providing Meals through Summer
As part of the Texas Department of Agriculture's "Seamless Summer Nutrition Program" the San Antonio Independent School District will be providing free breakfast and lunch to school age children from June 6 - July 29, 2022. All students under the age of 18 are eligible. No registration is necessary.
Breakfast will be served from 7:30 am - 8:30 am and lunch will be served from 11:00 am -12:30 pm. THANK YOU SAISD Food and Nutrition for all you do for students all year long!
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Meet Glorie-Eve Esquivel, an SAISD Foundation scholarship recipient, Class of 2021 from Brackenridge HS, who is enrolled in The University of Texas. To date this spring, we have awarded 70 scholarship to graduating seniors with more to come! Learn more here.
Congratulations Class of 2022!
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