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Gallery+Story: EPISD Education Foundation Teacher Grants help students

Teachers throughout the District are putting the EPISD Education Foundation grants they received to good use.

Irvin High School teacher Sonja Quintero used her extra funds to beef up her food science students’ food truck project and pay for their food handler’s certificates.

Quintero’s students showcase their knowledge and culinary skills during their annual showcase this week which required them to design a pint-sized food truck to display alongside a sample menu item. Sweet and savory smells of food truck fare filled the food science lab as students busily baked pizzas, made homemade tortillas for quesadillas, and made enchiladas, churros, Korean barbeque, sliders and other menu items.

“I had no idea we’d make such extensive food in this class,” said senior Dylan Brito, who made flan as part of his team’s food truck El Wuarito. “We have gotten to bond with each other over making food in general. It’s been fun.”

Quintero walked around the room checking out her students’ creativity – both from the building of their food trucks to the foods they cooked up. The extra funding from the foundation gave her program a boost this year, allowing her to pay for 50 students to receive food handler’s cards and extra equipment and materials for her classroom.

“Every little penny helps me because a lot of it I can just take out of my own pocket to cover what I need when I’m short,” Quintero said of her 2018 grant. “The foundation money was a great resource for me.”

The food handler’s certification gives the students more knowledge and an edge if they decide to start their own food truck or work in another area of the foodservice industry.

“For me it means, the certification means I have more experience and more extensive knowledge,” Brito said.

Chef Samuel Rivera Jr., a former Irvin student and chef at the Greenery, made his way to every food truck, tasting and talking to the student chefs. He asked questions, offered advice and ultimately judged them on taste and creativity.

“I’m super impressed by how organized the kids are at this age and how much they know. I’m so surprised that they were able to take them through sanitation class,” he said. “They’re above what I thought they would be when I got here. I’m super impressed by the children. It shows how good their teacher is.”

Quintero was one of more than 20 EPISD teachers to receive a foundation grant in 2018. Teachers needing up to $1,000 in their classroom to do an innovative project in 2019-20 school year have through June 17 to apply for a grant online.

Grants will be awarded in the fall.

Story by Reneé de Santos  |  Photos by Erika Reyes  – EPISD

EPISD Education Foundation begins accepting applications for scholarships Jan. 11

EPISD Education Foundation scholarship applications will be available for students to submit online beginning January 11th via the website foundation.episd.org

This year, the Foundation has moved to an online system and will no longer accept hard copy applications.

A current transcript and two letters of recommendation will need to be uploaded. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted. The one-page letter of recommendations must be from a person in authority, such as high school administrators, faculty, staff, community members, employer or civic leaders who are familiar with the student’s abilities, work habits, integrity and potential. Letters may not be from family members and need to be dated and signed.

The deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, March 18. Students can access the online applications and the instructions at foundation.episd.org.

Students will not be able to log in and out of the system so they need to be prepared with the following information before they begin:

• Class Rank & GPA
• Annual family income & number of dependents
• Amount of money available for college expenses to include financial support from parents, work and savings. Sources and amount of financial aid already secured and anticipated tuition and related expenses for 2016-17
• Work experience and other accomplishments
• List of extracurricular activities/community service/honors & awards

The following are the essays will need to cut and pasted into the space provided on the application:
Essay 1 Explain the importance of your intended area of study in today’s society. (500-word maximum)
Essay 2. After graduation, how do you plan on giving back to your community and society? (500-word maximum)
Essay 3. Write a short essay about someone who has made a significant impact in your life. (500-word maximum)

Last year, the EPISD Education Foundation awarded $58,000 in scholarships to the Class of 2015 and expects to provide more scholarships this year.

Author: EPISD

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