Investing in Teachers: Educator Mini-Grants
This fall, we are investing weekly in San Antonio ISD teacher projects posted in DonorsChoose as our mini-grant program. This is the second year we are funding mini-grants in this way. Using this platform allows us to take advantage of matching grants by both national and local funders thereby reaching more teachers with what they need to better serve students. We are fully funding grants weekly in DonorsChoose through the end of 2022. As you see below, we are off to a great start! Books, science equipment, math tools, costumes, outdoor play equipment, flexible seating, graphic novels, jazz shoes, ukuleles, and light tables are just a few of the items we are funding as we help our teachers bring their great ideas to life. We can't wait to see these projects.
Mini-Grant projects funded to date
Highlights from the 11th Annual Inspire Awards
At the 11th Annual Inspire Awards on October 5, 2022, 450 community members joined us as we honored three of our distinguished SAISD alumni and reconfirmed our commitment to honoring our legacies and investing in our future through education. During the evening, we also highlighted student talent in SAISD - our future stars!
Lanier Mariachi Orgullo de San Antonio and the Jefferson Lariats and Lassos greeted our guests as they arrived. The energizing Sam Houston marching band drumline kicked off the start of our dinner followed by the Lanier Color Guard Might Vok Batallion’s presentation of colors. Burbank alumnae (‘16) and past SAISD Foundation scholarship recipient, Roshen Bagobe, dazzled us with her rendition of the national anthem. Paige Gandara-Valderas, art teacher at Brackenridge and Foundation grant winner, shared about her Caricature Club as students sketched our entraining emcees from the stage. The Lanier culinary students presented their twist on SAISD's traditional chocolate cake. We also heard testimonials from students impacted by SAISD Foundation programs. Highlands (‘20) alumnus, OLLU student, and current Highlands teaching artist, Marcus Antu, as well as Luz Moreno, Travis Early College (‘17), Texas A&M ('21) as they shared their stories. SAISD alumnus and teaching artist Juan Ortiz of Mariachi Campanas De America helped close the evening in song.
We are proud to have supported these student and programs and to have been able to share the unique stories of each of our honorees. Click here to view the honoree tribute videos created by Gary Cooper, SAISD Communications, and here to view the photo gallery from the evening. Read more about Ms. Paige's students and her innovative program here. Know an SAISD alumnus we should consider honoring in the future? Email us here.
Save the date for our 12th Annual Inspire Awards on Wednesday, October 25, 2023.
SAISD Accountability Ratings
As we had shared in our last newsletter, at the start of this school year the Texas Education Agency confirmed the district's accountability ratings where SAISD maintained a B rating. Additional numbers below share the exciting progress happening on San Antonio ISD campuses.
SAISD Alumni - are you and your classmates celebrating a reunion this year or planning one for 2023? We'd love to help honor your class with a reunion scholarship through the SAISD Foundation. All your class needs to do is raise $500 and we will match $500 to offer a student from your alma mater a $1,000 scholarship for a graduating senior. Even if your reunion has already happened, we can still honor this opportunity. This past year we were honored to partner with the class of 1991 at Sam Houston, the 1961 and 1980 classes at Jefferson, and the class of 1989 at Burbank on new scholarships. Want to learn more? Contact Alumni & Community Engagement Manager, Carrie Smith by email here or by calling (210) 554-2235.
As the end of another year approaches, there is no better time to consider making a planned gift to support students and teachers! Most of our planned gifts have come from alumni who formed their foundation in SAISD schools or from our own employees who have dedicated their life's work to our students. This SAISD Communications article shares how some of our Lanier alumni have chosen to support students and teachers with future assets. Naming the SAISD Foundation as a beneficiary is one of the easiest ways to make a gift. Individuals can often receive tax benefits through a planned gift from current assets such as making the SAISD Foundation the charity of choice for a required minimum distribution from your IRA - a requirement after 72 1/2 years of age. Interested in learning more? Contact Executive Director, Judy Geelhoed by email here or by phone at (210) 554-2235.
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