Friday, May 19, was a day full of big smiles, cheers and happy tears as the Humble ISD Education Foundation’s ‘Prize Posse’ team delivered more than $307,000 in grants to Humble ISD educators.

The foundation teamed up with dozens of community members, volunteers and donors to make this an unforgettable surprise for teachers.
The team divided up into three buses of community support members, from individuals and committee members to corporate representation. Every single person came ready to personally thank the educators for their hard work and dedication to local children. The posse found some teachers outdoors with their students; they excitedly burst into cheers during field day or recess.
On this day alone, the foundation awarded 110 projects, and has awarded a total of 361 projects throughout the 2016-2017 school year. Several projects will benefit students at more than one school, so a total of 45 Humble ISD campuses will benefit from the grants.
“Prize Posse is the most exciting day of the school year; it is almost like a Publishers Clearing House day. We to go schools, bust through the doors and run down the halls screaming, super excited with pompoms and hand clappers to announce who got funded,” said Jen Sitton, Humble ISD Education Foundation chairman.
Many times educators have to spend money out of their own pockets for projects that engage their students in learning, a challenge that some teachers cannot afford. This is where the grant money plays its part.
Camille DiTusa, music teacher at Timbers Elementary, said, “Now my kids will get more of a chance to play their instruments, as they will not have to take turns or switch as often. We will also be able to replace the original, broken instruments, too. Timbers Elementary will be receiving two brand new alto xylophones and two brand new soprano xylophones.” The grant DiTusa submitted is called, “Learning to Play, Playing to Learn.”
“With this grant in hand, we will be able to purchase more stability balls for our classroom to improve engagement and attention spans,” said Darcy Scharff of Pine Forest Elementary. Scharff submitted a grant called, “Having a Ball!” She is soon to complete her third year teaching second grade.
Shannon Green drew quite a crowd of children when awarded the grant for her school, Lakeland Elementary School.
Every year, the Humble ISD Education Foundation raises funds through events like the Humble Rodeo and BBQ Cook-Off, the annual gala and more. The proceeds from these events support innovative, education-related projects that fall outside the scope of the Humble ISD operating budget.
Since 2000, the Humble ISD Education Foundation has granted over $10.4 million to Humble ISD schools. The foundation team is excited to fund more projects and benefit more schools.
To find out how you can contribute or follow the journey, on Facebook, look up and like Humble ISD Education Foundation. On Twitter, look up @HISDFoundation. Finally, on Instagram, @Humbleisd_educationfoundation. Hashtags to use include #PrizePosse2017 and #Proud2BeHumbleISD.



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