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April 13, 2016
Optimist Club  
The Granbury Optimist Club recently presented $5,000 to the Granbury ISD Education Foundation, which awards grants for innovative teaching projects and funds other initiatives promoting excellence among students and staff members in the school district.  The contribution was presented during the club breakfast on April 12, 2016.
It will mark the second year for the club to be an Executive Chef sponsor of the foundation and its annual 50 Fellas Foodfest.
For the 2015-16 school year, the Optimist donation funded Mr. Hagerman’s Extreme Science presented during assemblies at all GISD elementary campuses.  Hagerman utilized various instruments to investigate the science behind many happenings we take for granted in our everyday lives. He used in-line skates to demonstrate the laws of motion, a giant bungee cord slingshot to teach potential and kinetic energy, and gyroscopes to explain balancing.  Students also witnessed crystals causing water to “vanish,” the world’s largest ball made of recycled Styrofoam cups, and a shocking electricity experiment.
The Optimist Club supports local schools and numerous youth organizations.  The group also awards several scholarships to Hood County graduating seniors, who are also recognized by the group’s Young Texan and Young Tex-Anne program.
Pictured above are (left to right) GISD school trustees Mark Jackson and Barbara Townsend, Optimist president Steven Kuban, and GEF board members – president Stacy Mitchell, GISD superintendent Dr. James Largent, Chelsea Thompson, and Mayor Nin Hulett.

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