Last week, students, teachers, and administrators were delighted to have Santa show up at MISD schools to surprise teachers with checks for McKinney Education Foundation classroom grants totaling over $62,000. These grants will underwrite unique academic programs not already funded by MISD.
Margaret Harsch, MEF Operations Director stated, “It’s so wonderful to see the reactions of the teachers and students when we show up to award a grant. Seeing and hearing the teachers’ responses shows that MEF is making a difference and is a testament to the MEF grant committee’s hard work. It’s a very fulfilling experience.” In fact, one of this year’s grant recipients is proof positive of the McKinney Education Foundation ‘s objective: To provide the highest quality of education in McKinney, Texas, our mission is to inspire students and teachers towards excellence in education.
Summer Carter, a grant recipient for her program Read Naturally at McClure Elementary – who also happens to be a ’00 MHS grad and former MEF scholarship awardee – explained, “This computer program uses strategies to develop fluency and promote vocabulary and comprehension development in students. Expository text seems to be the hardest text for students according to our data. It (will) be so helpful to have this amazing program on our campus.”
As it happens, Carter went on to earn her Bachelors for Elementary Education at Texas State University with the help of MEF scholarships. Upon graduation, she returned to McKinney where she has been working for MISD for almost 7 years. “My family didn’t have the money to pay for my college, so without MEF scholarships, I’m not sure when I would have completed my degree, if at all” says Carter. “My college experience provided by MEF inspired me to further my education by entering Grad School and receiving my Masters in Child Development at TWU. Currently I am working on my PhD in Child Development and continue to reap the benefits of scholarships from years past. MEF is the most amazing foundation, and I’m so proud that I work for this district!“
MISD classroom grants are awarded to MISD teachers or staff to fund innovative new programs that may test a pilot program, try a new technique, or involve students in a program outside the normal curriculum to enhance the classroom experience. This program is largely funded by the more than 1,100 MISD staff members who contribute to the MEF Staff Fund via payroll deductions. Additionally, CoServ, ISA insurance, Rotary Club of McKinney Sunrise, Drs. K. Lyle and Sandra W. Froese, support the program with endowments which will perpetually support the MEF grants program.
The 2011 MEF Classroom Grant Recipients are:
Deidre Baird, VersaTiles Kits for Stations/Small Groups, McClure Elementary
Summer Carter, Read Naturally, McClure Elementary
Melinda Farlow, Champions Are Readers, Caldwell Elementary
Carolyn Festa, iLearn with iPads, Johnson Elementary
Luan Green, ehigh classrooms at MHS, North, Boyd, McKinney High School