Friendswood ISD Education Foundation encourages community
to Adopt a Grant in fifth year of program
Thanks to all in the community that have “adopted” a grant for teachers and staff inFriendswood ISD. The fifth year of the popular Adopt a Grant program began Dec.1, 2013 and continues through the Foundation gala a toward Spring Break. So far,131 grants have been adopted.
Thefirst adopters of this year: Jim Foreman, Carissa Waida, Kelly and Matt Lovell, Jean Tubbs, Pete and Sharmyn Dever, Lesley and Tom DiBello, Dr. Thu Tran, Shane Heslin, Kim Girouard, Pat Roberson, Tracy Collins, James Finklea, John Keith, Tim Donovan, AllanRasmussen, Leslie Fortenberry, Ryan and Jennifer Sitton, Jeff and Rebecca Hude,and the Bhagat family.
Since December and January up to the present, additional adopters include Lynn and Ralph Hobratschk, Trish and Bruce Hanks, Texas First Bank, Chris and Brandi Sellers, CiCi and Kevin Newkirk, Janet and Mike Wegner, Michele Lilie, Debra Jenkins, Kristen Barton, the Hillenburg family, Alan and Beth Stanfield, Mary Carmen, Katie and Aaron Winslade, Elaine and Walter Manning, Partners in Building/West Ranch (John Mingarelli), Lauren Durso, Stacy and Charles Daugherty, Drs. Matt and Pam Robinson, Karolyn and Joe Gephart, the Rhodes Family, Carol and Mike Stuart, Dennis and Sheri Barber, Don and Debi Frieden, Janis Jarvis, Steve and Paige Ridout, Reinert family, Riley and Mason McKeel with Tommy and Sherry Green, Ledet family, Pitts family, Woodruff family, and Tim Donovan and family.
Additional adopters include Elaine and Tommy Ebner, Tracy and Thad Collins, Wendy and Keith Slaton, the Magee family, Julie Sowa, the Bridwell family, Dr. David Montz and family, the Ruiz family, Amy Snider’s kindergarten parents and Nexen, Daniel andDarleen Gage, and Sally and Jon Branson.
Five years ago, the Friendswood ISD EducationFoundation thought of a unique idea and tried it as a surprise at their annual fundraiser. The idea, Adopt aGrant, has grown into a tremendous program that continues to grow and prosper in Friendswood ISD.
Parents,businesses and individuals could select a grant by teacher, by subject, by price, by campus or all of the above. Texas First Bank was the first business in Friendswood to step up and adopt. Now many banks and other businesses are involved. Teachers order materials immediately to use.
The Foundation makes the whole transaction easy. Interested people can go online 24/7 to http://fisdfoundation.com/grants/ and by campus see all grants offered. Price wise,they vary from as low as $20 to almost $5,000. Checks or cash can be brought to the Administration Building or adopters can use Paypal and be finished. The teacher will get a Christmas card with the adopter’s name, email and street address for thank you notes. Adoptions are also available at the annual gala. Grants adopted after Dec. will be sent to teachers in Valentine cards.
Three years ago a “Face of Friendswood” was selected. The face of John Ridout, athird grader was used in all marketing materials for the Adopt a Grant program.Last year it was a live auction item at the Foundation’s gala and MatthewKovacevich was seen on posters through the city as well as on flyers and a citybanner stretched across Friendswood Drive by City Hall encouraging all to Adopta Grant. This year will be the first girl, Malorie Yarbrough, fifth grader atWindsong Intermediate.
How successful has this program been? In four years, more than $208,000 has been given to the FISD EducationFoundation in adopted grants. Each year the number continues to grow. In its fourth year in 2012-2013, more than$82,000 was adopted and with the Foundation’s grants, more than $144,000 was given to FISD teachers.
The goal this year is $95,000 in adoptions; the FEF is working hard to meet that goal.