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Grants were awarded this week to teachers throughout Big Spring Independent School District by the H.O.P.E. Foundation through their Innovative Teaching Grant Program. The purpose of the H.O.P.E. Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, is to oversee the Innovative Teaching Grant Program.

Grants are awarded by the H.O.P.E. Foundation to support the Big Spring Independent School District's educational plan by supporting activities not supported by tax dollars. The grant program is designed to encourage, facilitate, recognize, and reward innovative and creative instructional approaches.

According to Emily McCann, Board President for the organization, the organization was created 4 years ago and has been able to award grants for the last 3 years. The H.O.P.E. Foundation raises money through non-event fundraiser, and they also have a permanent endowment with the Big Spring Area Community Foundation. McCann noted that they are always looking for donors to help them grow.

Last year, the H.O.P.E. Foundation awarded 4 grants last year; this year, they’ve been able to award even more grants to teachers at Kentwood, Marcy, Moss, Goliad, and Anderson, and they’re not done yet!

(Photo 1: Group photo after Grant Presentation at Kentwood Early Childhood Center.)

(Photo 2: List of teachers who were awarded grants, amount, and their idea. - Not listed is "SEL Hour, submitted by Pam Billick Gonzalez, in the amount of $2400 for the Anderson Accelerated Campus, Grades 7-12 for 40—50 students. SEL – Social Emotional Learning – Purchase Learning Activity Sets that focus on the skills needed to regulate emotions, resolve conflicts, avoid risky behavior, and make moral and safe choices. Grant also included teacher training for two teachers who will them train other teachers. Goal is to increase graduation rate and attendance while decreasing discipline referrals.")


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