The GEF Party Bus traveled all over the community on November 16, 2021, as the Granbury ISD Education Foundation announced the winners of grants and special awards totaling over $110,000 - bringing the group's ten-year giving total to $725,000.
The new grants will fund a number of innovative teaching and school initiatives during the second half of the 2021-22 school year. The group of winning projects include a variety of innovative initiatives for math and reading literature, business, medical certifications, theater and music, language learning and vocabulary building, outdoor safaris, robots, science field trips, and more.
The H-E-B Tournament of Champions sponsored two grants. The first will provide a Bookworm vending machine filled with all types of books at Nettie Baccus Elementary School. The other will help build a greenhouse with elevated garden beds of various heights to accommodate Granbury High School students with disabilities; the students will plant and maintain a garden of vegetables, herbs, and flowers year-round.
Funds from Willie Crossland Memorial will help assist special education students throughout the school district by providing calming sensory input as well as visually, auditory, and tactical experiences to help students de-stress. This grant is a cooperative partnership with the GHS career and technical education program for a project-based learning experience.
An EECU-sponsored grant will help high school CTE and robotics students convert off-the-shelf products to make them switch accessible for special education students to activate for purposeful play with their peers in the classroom and within specialty-designed settings, including Partner PE, with general education peers.
Special awards were also announced to fund other projects:
$16,800 from an anonymous donor for a low ropes course at Granbury Middle School
$7,500 sponsored by the Granbury Optimist Club for certification exams for the school district’s career and technical education program
$4,000 to fund college visits for GHS and STARS Accelerated High School students
Helping to announce the grants were GEF board members and district administrators.
The GEF’s mission is creating opportunities to invest, encourage, and support educational excellence in GISD. The foundation is designed to be a community effort bringing donations from businesses, civic groups, and individuals to fund innovative teaching grants, student scholarships, and academic achievement for GISD students. GEF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization created for the benefit of the school district’s students and staff members and will provide funding not allocated by tax dollars.