Education Foundation Good News
Spring 2016 Grant Winners
On Thursday, April 28th, the Education Foundation hosted a Grant Recipient Dinner at the Barn Door - South Forty honoring the spring 2016 grant winners.
This year the Grants Committee reviewed 109 grant applications from 39 various campuses/departments in ECISD and are excited to award 62 proposals totaling $179,829.70!
The Education Foundation would like to thank the Odessa Council for Arts & Humanities for their $5,000 contribution towards the awarding of secondary fine arts grants, Roy Gillean with The Barn Door for providing each grant recipient with a $25 gift card, and Mark Knox Flowers for providing us with beautiful centerpieces to enjoy.
AP/IB Campus Award Incentive Program
In 2012, the Education Foundation announced its support of the Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs in ECISD with the adoption of the AP/IB Campus Award Incentive Program. Through this program, the Foundation awards a campus $70 for the first AP/IB exam a student successfully passes, and those funds are used to assist the district in further teacher training.
The AP and IB programs provide ECISD high school students an opportunity to be challenged beyond existing instructional programs. Students involved in these programs are enrolled in college-level courses and receive college credit for taking the courses.
The Education Foundation is happy to award $13,670 to the ECISD AP/IB Campus Award Incentive Program based on the results from the May 2015 session!
Working to Increase Literacy
The Education Foundation of Odessa recently partnered with EDC Publishing, which is the home of Usborne Books & More, to raise funds to provide new books to a select group of students in ECISD.
Fund raised were matched through Usborne’s Literacy for a Lifetime 50% Matching Grant program. The books selected were a set of chapter books from the series Hey Jack! and Billie B. Brown by Sally Rippin. Each set included 15 beginner level chapter books and deal with real issues and feelings in a constructive way and several of the stories focus on friendship. Students were also allowed to choose a hardback, topic specific non-fiction book of their choice.
The students who received these new books from Usborne Books & More were the recipients of their very own home library earlier this school year as part of an Education Foundation program called “Home Library Giveaway”. A total of 50 families will benefit from this partnership. School involved in the Home Library Giveaway program are Burleson, Dowling, Noel, San Jacinto and Travis Elementary.
The Education Foundation of Odessa is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization who's mission is to create opportunities for education in Ector County ISD.
Our vision is that every student in ECISD will be school-ready, college-ready, work-ready...WORLD-READY!