Comal Education Foundation Surprises Teachers to the Tune of $57,500 in Classroom Grant Awards

Comal County-

Nov. 28, 2016—

-Story from and by Comal ISD

The holidays came early for many Comal ISD educators, as a crew from the Comal Education Foundation Board was on the prowl in early November.

It was finally time for teachers to learn if they would receive the Foundation grants they applied for earlier in the school year.

After much deliberation, the Comal Education Foundation Board approved 24 grants for the 2016-17 school year with a combined value of approximately $57,500.

Volunteer members of the Foundation Board came bursting into the classrooms of the grant-winning teachers with noisemakers and banners to augment the festive occasion.

The process began earlier this school year when teachers and campus administrators had the chance to apply for grants that would enhance interactive student programs at their schools.

“We wanted to promote and reward creative projects, innovative ideas, and to recognize and support teaching excellence,” said Margaret Tenorio, Foundation Executive Director. “The excitement on the kids’ faces when they learned they won was priceless. We saw tears of joy from both teachers and their principals. These grants will engage students on new levels and get them excited about learning.”

Tenorio added the Foundation is looking forward to hearing from teachers when the grant funds are put into action.

“We want to be able to tell the stories of how these grants impact the children and the community,” Tenorio said. “These grants can set a foundation to build on for years to come.”

Freiheit Elementary librarian Sandra Plumb was thrilled when she learned she received a “The SMART Center at the FES Library” grant. A SMART (Science, Math, Art, Reading and Technology) Center is a place students can engage in learning based on their individual interests.

“I feel so fortunate to have been chosen to receive a CEF grant,” Plumb said. “This grant will serve every student and every teacher on our campus. It’s a huge deal. And it’s wonderful that the SMART Center is self-directed learning because that’s what the library is all about.”

The Foundation has awarded more than $1 million to Comal ISD classrooms through teacher grants and district-wide initiatives since its inception in 2001.

“Awarding so many classroom grants would not be possible without the generous support of our partners such as H-E-B, Herff Jones-The Overall Graduation Office, Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union and SAMCO Capital Markets,” Tenorio said.