MISDEF Grant Express 2024

Montgomery ISD Education Foundation Awards $75,000 in Educator Grants
Posted on 01/23/2024
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Grant Express visits all ten MISD Campuses

The Montgomery ISD Education Foundation gave over $75,000 in Innovative Teaching Grants on Friday, January 19. The “Grant Express” school bus, filled with members of the Montgomery ISD Education Foundation, community partners and district leaders, stopped at all ten MISD campuses to award thirty educator grants.

MISD Education Foundation Grant Express 2024

The Montgomery ISD Education Foundation hosts a competitive grant application process each fall. Grants are awarded based on creative and innovative ideas that district staff can implement in the classroom to positively impact student learning.

Grant applications are evaluated based on whether the proposed program represents an inventive approach to improve and enrich learning and includes sound evaluation procedures tied to student performance.

Montgomery Elementary’s grant winner Cindy Siple and Principal Bobby Ingalls
Lake Creek High School grant winners with MISD Education Foundation Board Members

Some of the items that will be purchased with grant funds include:

  • Decodable Readers at all elementary campuses, to encourage phonics skills and build reading confidence
  • Additional glazes and a pugmill to recycle clay more efficiently in the growing ceramics program at Montgomery High School
  • Protective eyewear for students to use when viewing the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024
  • Display panels and mat cutting tools to be used to showcase artwork created by students from every MISD campus at public art events and the district art show planned for this May

Other grants will fund experiences for students, including:

  • Beyond the Rabbit Hole: Finding the Wonders in Wonderland, a multi-campus musical theater production that all MISD K-5 students are invited to participate
  • SkyDome Planetarium, a virtual field trip experience for students at Keenan Elementary School
  • College and Career Readiness, a grant that will fund college campus visits for MISD students, and raise awareness about resources available to first-generation college students
  • Bugs on Wheels from Houston Museum of Natural Science, an experience to enhance science education for students at Lincoln Elementary School

“For 2024, the foundation is thrilled that we were able to increase our grant funds by more than $10,000 over last year,” MISD Education Foundation Director Tiffany Ortiz said.  “Grant Express Day is one of the best days in Montgomery ISD. We love surprising our educators and providing them with the tools and experiences they’ve identified to impact student learning.  We greatly appreciate the generous support of our Montgomery community partners in all our fundraising efforts and cannot wait to see these grants in action across our MISD campuses.”

Montgomery Junior High grant winners Jason Yates and Phyllis Teasdale
Lincoln Elementary grant winners Kayla Simons and Lorra Lynch with Principal Kerri Ashlock

Funds for the Montgomery ISD Education Foundation come from fundraising events including a golf tournament held in the fall, and the Spring Soiree, scheduled for April 6, 2024 at Margaritaville on Lake Conroe.  

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