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El Paso ISD Education Foundation Awards $70K in Scholarships to Seniors

The EPISD Education Foundation visited 13 senior awards assemblies this year to surprise 67 graduating seniors with a $1,000 scholarship.

Board members awarded scholarships at all 10 traditional high schools, Silva Health Magnet, Transmountain Early College High School and the College, Career and Technology Academy delivering scholarships during graduation season.

“Every year, we look forward to the senior award assemblies and presenting scholarships to our students,” said Russell Wiggs, foundation president. “We’re happy to be able to play a little part in helping our students get a college education.”

The $70,000 included scholarships from the Foundation’s partner funds – the Irvin Alumni Association, Paso del Norte Foundation, Del Norte Lion’s Club, EPISD Council of PTAs and the Coach Archie Duran Memorial Scholarship.

All scholarships were for $1,000 with the exception of the two PTA Scholarships, which were $500 each.

“When I was awarded the Foundation Scholarship I was overjoyed,” said Michelle Paxon, a Silva Health Magnet graduate.

“This scholarship gave me hope to believe that there is a way for me to reach my dream – college. I have always planned to get into medical school, and I now understand that being able to achieve that dream requires a lot of money. With scholarships like the Foundation scholarship, I now know that there is hope towards reaching such a goal and I am thankful to have received this scholarship.”

Since 1994, the EPISD Education Foundation has awarded more than $2 million in scholarships in scholarship and grants to benefit EPISD students and teachers.

Scholarships are being made possible through the Foundation’s major sponsors: Engage to Learn, El Paso Electric, the Hospitals of Providence, Wet and Wild Waterworld, Hunt Family Foundation, Peter Piper Pizza, Teachers Federal Credit Union, Hellas, Jacobs, Imagine Learning, K-12 Insight, Gibson Ruddock Patterson and Mounce Green Myers.

Story by Reneé de Santos

EPISD Education Foundation Distributes $25,000 for Teacher Grants

Nearly 30 teachers in the El Paso Independent School District got a helping hand from the EPISD Education Foundation in helping bring innovative instruction into classrooms all over the District.

The Foundation surprised 29 teachers with grants up to $1,000 this fall — bringing the grand total of giving back to EPISD at more than $120,000 for this year.

“We enjoyed visiting campuses and hearing about how the teachers will use their grants to fund innovative projects in their classrooms,” said Board President Russell Wiggs. “It was priceless to see the expression on their faces when we announced their names as winners. This shows our Foundation is making a difference for EPISD students and teachers.”

Teachers submitted their proposals online in the spring for consideration. The application process for fall 2018 will begin in spring.

This year’s grants spanned grade levels and subject matter but makerspaces seemed to an on-going theme for many elementary schools. Makerspaces are being built at all EPISD traditional high schools luring many elementary campuses to create their own.

“I am excited to have opportunity to have a makerspace in my classroom,” said Laura Salazar, a 4th grade teacher at Mesita Elementary. “I applied for some more expensive items and some not as expensive but when you start putting it together, it all adds up.”

Salazar learned more about creating a makerspace during the application process and looks forward doing her own. She encourages other teachers to apply and to consider supporting the Foundation.

“I’m a teacher who has been able to give to the Foundation in the past,” she said. “It’s so worthwhile. I’ve seen my fellow teachers who have had grants for their classroom and they’ve been able to benefit from them. I’m excited for my students and how they will benefit from the makerspace.”

Silva Magnet biotech teacher Guadalupe Tapia is a multiple year recipient of an EPISD Education Foundation. She happily shared the news with her students, grinning from ear to ear during a short presentation announcing her grant.

“I’m so excited,” she said. “This is a good opportunity for the school and for students to get new equipment that is coming out for biotech. This means new toys for our students to learn skills they will need for the future.”

Congratulations to the following teachers for receiving a 2017 grant:

Eloisa Rodriguez Alta Vista Innovation and Creation: Our Library Makerspace
Rosanna Alvarado Bond Discovery Learning Center
Sandy Romo Brown ELA Media Mix
Robin Figueroa Canyon Hills Project Student Experts
Beth Bunt Canyon Hills 8th Grade ELAR Active Learning classroom
Carmen Davila Collins Engagement is the Key to Success!
Yadira Vitela Collins Love for Reading
Renee Aguirre Coronado Lights! Camera! Action!
Patricia Martin Franklin 9th grade Student Skill Trainer Sets
Jamalah Pope Irvin CRC Classroom Economy
Patricia Ramirez Irvin Theater/Art Collaboration
Angela C. Word Lincoln Green Screen Scholars
Erin Quevedo Lundy Lundy STEAM Project
Ana Caballero Mesita Press Play for Spanish
Sharon Hsu Mesita Hacking Chinese Characters: A better way of learning Mandarin
Laura Salazar Mesita Innovative Classroom Makerspace
Sonia Chang Mesita ECDC Speak Chinese Out
Miriam Cook Morehead Active Learning Studio Space
Camille Calderon Powell First Grade STEM Initiative
Emily Sullivan Putnam STEAM Club
Laura L. Rico Putnam Programming and Coding with Ozobot
Guadalupe Tapia Silva Health Magnet Bringing Real-World STEM experiences to the classroom
Kimberly R. Villanueva Tippin Flexible Classroom Seating
Claudia Galindo TMECHS First Aid and Safety Health Education
Anett Bearden Tom Lea Student-Centered Seating, Noise-Canceling Headphones, and Efficacious Student Engagement
Minerva Morales Tom Lea Amazing People in Our Remarkable World””
Lisa A. Schoenbrun Western Hills Plant Me in First Grade
Vanessa Ortiz Wiggs Escape Room in the Classroom
Mona Plaza YWA YWA STEAM Garden

The presentations to teachers gave Wiggs a chance to plug the Employee Giving Campaign, which runs through Nov. 1. Last year, employees contributed more than $18,000 to the fund. Funds raised through Employee Giving, fund-raising events and corporate sponsors allowed the Foundation to award $92,000 in scholarships and $25,000 in grants in 2017.

Wiggs encouraged employees to make a contribution by payroll deduction to the Foundation to help fund grants and scholarship for 2018. The campus with the largest contribution will receive a family-four pack of tickets for Wet N Wild Waterpark for each employee making a contribution during the campaign, with a minimum contribution required.

The second place campus will receive a Peter Piper Pizza party. Walgreens will do make overs for all contributors at the third place campus.

All employees giving at least $50 will receive a small pizza from Peter Piper Pizza. .

Video+Story: EPISD Superintendent Cabrera Delivers State of the District Address

El Paso ISD Superintendent Juan Cabrera delivered the State of the District Address in front of a group of 350 civic and school leaders during a luncheon at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center on Biggs Army Air Field.

Cabrera invited those in attendance to join the District as it heads into a new era of teaching and learning, aimed at improving the lives students through innovative programming.

“There’s never been a better time to be a part of this amazing school district,” Cabrera told the audience, which included many people watching the address via a live online stream. “Yes, we had a rough time recently, but we are focusing on the future and what we need to do to give our current students the tools and skills they need to be global leaders in the 21st century.”

The speech included a review of academic programs that have helped EPISD reached unprecedented levels in high-quality teaching and learning. Those include the expansion of the dual-language and International Baccalaureate programs, the creation of the Young Women’s STEAM Research & Preparatory Academy, and the addition of several New Tech Network campuses.

Cabrera also thanked the community for supporting the District’s efforts to upgrade its facility to better conform to 21st century learning environments. Several projects in the voter-approved bond program have already begun their design stage and groundbreakings will start soon.

About 100 students from every corner of the District participated in the event. Booths were set up around the conference center to let students showcase their school or program to the civic leaders that attended the event. The booths went along with the theme of the event: “Discover EPISD.”

The event also featured a welcome from Board President Dori Fenenbock and a speech from current EPISD Elementary Teacher of the Year Jill McGee from Mesita Elementary.

Proceeds from the event benefitted the EPISD Education Foundation, which gives scholarships to District graduates and Classroom Impact Grants to teachers.

Foundation Gives More than $115,000 back to El Paso ISD

The EPISD Education Foundation is making visits to 24 campuses this month to surprise 31 teachers with $28,000 in Classroom Impact Grants.

The grants combined with the $77,000 in scholarships awarded to the Class of 2016 in the spring and a special $10,000 STEM grant for Irvin High School means $115,000 in contributions that the Foundation has giving back to the District this year.

“We are pleased to be able to provide EPISD with $115,000 in funding to promote innovation in teaching and enhance the overall quality of education for EPISD students,” Foundation President Russell Wiggs said. “It’s a joy to see the surprised looks on teachers and students’ faces when we announce their names for grants and scholarships. We know the funding makes a difference to them.”

The first stop this week: Polk Elementary School on Tuesday, where $2,000 was awarded to Gloria Zafiro-Salazar and Elaine Myers. Like all grants awarded this year, Myers’ grant embraces active learning. The campus’ Active Learning Leader will be purchasing Ozobots to assist with teaching Science Technology Engineering and Math.

“Ozobots use a language of color coding and it makes it very inviting for children in elementary schools,” Myers said. “They will use critical thinking and problem solving skills through Active Learning. We would like our students to be one step ahead with new careers that are being created every year in this field.”

Second stop: Coronado High School where Jennifer Wilhite, who received two grants this year, and Renee Aguirre received the good news.

“Teachers are always in need of supplies and resources, especially in active learning classrooms, such as journalism,” said Aguirre, anews2_2514_m journalism teacher at Coronado. “Technology is constantly evolving and I want to be able to provide my students with functional, up-to-date equipment that will benefit their learning. Therefore, applying for the EPISD Education Foundation grant should be on every teachers to-do-list this school year because this grant can provide us with up-to-date resources and materials for our students.”

The Foundation has scheduled visits throughout September and early October to award the grants and give teachers an opportunity to talk about what the funding will be used for in their classroom in front of their peers. It is also an opportunity for the Foundation to inform teachers of the Employee Giving Campaign, which netted $25,000 last year. The campaign runs from Sept. 30-Oct. 31.

“Employees are becoming more aware of the Foundation and what we do to benefit teachers and students in EPISD,” Wiggs said. “We are grateful for the contributions made by EPISD employees.”

EPISD Education Foundation in the spring awarded $77,000 to graduating seniors, which included two scholarships provided by the Irvin High School Alumni Association and six scholarships provided by Renaissance Learning. Texas Gas Services also provided a $10,000 grant to purchase a 3D printer for Irvin High School’s Rocket Tech.

Grant proposals will be accepted online beginning in March 2017. A notice will be sent to all EPISD teachers to inform them of the grant process.

“Any teacher with a new idea should try for a grant. It really didn’t take that much time once I had the idea,” Myers said. “A little research in the area I wanted to target was a huge help in writing the grant.”

A full list of grant winners will be placed on the foundation.episd.org in early October. Like the Foundation on Facebook (El Paso ISD Education Foundation) to see the campus visits as they happen.

Hospitals of Providence donates $25,000 to EPISD Education Foundation

The Hospitals of Providence announced its commitment of $25,000 to the EPISD Education Foundation last Tuesday and will serve as this year’s honorary chair for the Campaign for Excellence.

The $25,000 contribution supports the mission of the Education Foundation to provide scholarships to deserving high school seniors and classroom impact grants to enhance the education for all students.

“We are proud to be the 2016 Presenting Sponsor for the EPISD Foundation and know that our commitment will directly affect and enhance the quality of education for our students,” said Sally Hurt-Deitch, Market CEO of The Hospitals of Providence. “We look at this as an opportunity to invest in our community, and that investment is through our children.”

Board President Russell Wiggs thanked the Hospitals of Providence for their contribution and commitment to education.

“We are grateful for the Hospital of Providence’s corporate gift and the opportunities it means for our students,” Wiggs said. “Their support of the EPISD Education Foundation shows their strong commitment to education and the future of our students.”

The Education Foundation supports innovation in teaching and learning and scholarships through corporate partnerships, fundraising events and an employee giving campaign.

The EPISD Education Foundation was established in 1994 to provide opportunities for excellence in education, promote innovation in teaching, and partner with the community to enhance the education for all students.

Since its inception 20 years ago, the EPISD Education Foundation has awarded more than $1.5 million in college scholarships and classroom impact grants, including $58,000 in college scholarships and $16,000 in classroom impact grants this year.

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