Generous grants were the focal point of the Humble ISD Education Foundation Board of Directors annual meeting on May 27 at the Kingwood Country Club. Chairman Lupe Lopez and wife Josie hosted the event in order to showcase the impressive fund raising and high goals reached by the Foundation throughout the school year. Lopez started the 2009-2010 school year with a lofty goal that the Foundation aimed for with hard work throughout the year. “Lupe Lopez made a goal of $1 million,” said Community Development Director Karen Perkins. “He kept saying keep your eye on the goal, and we made it. It’s an amount unheard of for public schools, over $1 million.” Spotlighted were the leaps and bounds made by the foundation in the 2010 Innovative Education Grant Program. The Foundation awarded $527,014 in grants to teachers across 41 campuses to fund 141 projects. They distributed $297,433 throughout the year in grants. $229,581 was given away on Prize Posse day as members of the Foundation delivered the awards to teachers who had applied. “The Prize Posse was a fantastic day,” said Foundation member Kim Riley. The Prize Posse delivered announcements to the teachers who won grants from the Foundation. Among the teachers who won grants, $12,000 was awarded to first-year teachers in the First-Year Teacher Grant Program to assist educators in purchasing supplies for classrooms. The recipients of three grants given by the Foundation were highlighted at the meeting including teachers Lynn Bennett and Cheryl VanRysdam, LaSondra Stewart and Terry Harshaw. All of the teachers who were showcased expressed their endless gratitude for the Foundation and their generosity. In the 2009-2010 school year, the foundation was able to jump high above their goals set for the year and hope to continue to raise the bar for other districts. Lopez announced the officers and directors for the 2010-2011 school year, including incoming Chair Carrie Brinsden. He spoke highly of the work of the foundation. “What we are doing here with the foundation benefits so many lives,” he said. Lopez passed his title on to Brinsden at the end of the meeting as the Foundation begins planning for the 2010-2011 school year to ensure its a year as successful as the last. Brinsden thanked Lopez for his vision, and said she looked forward to her new role. “When I think of the foundation, I think of it positively impacting the lives of children.” she said. “Like I tell my children, if you believe, magic can happen.”

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