2012-04-19 / Youth

PAEF tops $100,000 in grants awarded

PHIL REYNOLDS
STAFF WRITER

Grants from the Port Aransas Education Foundation this year topped a total of $100,000 for the first, with $101,186.85 altogether going to students, teachers, administrators and schools.

The grants were awarded at an all-campuses assembly on Wednesday, April 11, at Port Aransas High School.

The big winners were Port Aransas students, who will benefit from a $10,000 grant to buy fresh fruits and vegetables for all three school cafeterias. The grant application was submitted by Port Aransas ISD nurse Melissa Ramsden.

Grants ranged from that down to $173.80, which will be used for subscriptions to the National Geographic Young Explorers magazine. Secondgrade teacher Rebecca Peterson at H. G. OIsen Elementary School asked for that money.

The total grants smashed last year’s grant record of $79,542.07, which in turn was well over the previous year’s record of $60,000.


Wishes granted Officials with the Port Aransas Education Foundation announced grant awards totalling more than $100,000 at an assembly at Port Aransas High School on Wednesday, April 11. Clockwise from top: School employees who received grant awards and foundation members gather for a group Wishes granted Officials with the Port Aransas Education Foundation announced grant awards totalling more than $100,000 at an assembly at Port Aransas High School on Wednesday, April 11. Clockwise from top: School employees who received grant awards and foundation members gather for a group It’s the sixth year the education foundation has made grants. Recipients are chosen by the PAEF board of directors from applications submitted by teachers and administrators. The criterion is that the grant must be used to improve public school education in Port Aransas.

Most of the money for the grants is raised at the annual PAEF “Mardi Gras in October.”

The grants, alphabetically by the name of the applicant, are:

• Dana Alcorn, $5,000 for seven iPads and a charging station for Brundrett Middle School (BMS) math classes

• Paul Balcom, $4,978.62 for seven iPads for BMS sixth- and eighth-grade social studies classes


portrait after the awards were announced; Port Aransas High School teacher Monica Sonnier gets a hug from foundation board member Tanya Chambers after it was announced that Sonnier would get a grant; and students cheer as one of their teachers receives a grant award. 
STAFF PHOTOS BY DAN PARKER portrait after the awards were announced; Port Aransas High School teacher Monica Sonnier gets a hug from foundation board member Tanya Chambers after it was announced that Sonnier would get a grant; and students cheer as one of their teachers receives a grant award. STAFF PHOTOS BY DAN PARKER • Laurie Barello, $4,750 for new physics textbooks at Port Aransas High School (PAHS), and $1,752.09 for new PAHS chemistry and physics equipment

• Pete Barello, $454.59 for PAHS economics courses; $1,238 to attend the Advanced Placement (AP) Human Geography Summer Institute; $250 for a course for the AP world history class; $694.05 for a document camera for creative presentations; and $1,065.95 for a field trip for U.S. history students to the U.S.S. Lexington Museum in Corpus Christi

• Getchen Baughman, $985 for specialty reading books for third-grade social studies

• Randall Buttler, $2,822 for alternative energy books for the PAHS construction science class

• Patt Coeckelenbergh, $1,600 for materials for the BMS library

• Marilyn Cook, $1,952.24 for iPad and Kindle Fire ereaders and hardcover books, and $1,130 to attend the National Teaching Conference

• Gay DeMontel, $1,800 for a fifth-grade dinner and trip to the Corpus Christi Symphony

• Tiara Followell, $1,500 to attend the National Council of Teachers of English conference in Orlando, Fla.

• Tammy Hardegree, $6,638.64 to create The Marlin Hideout, a technology center at BMS to include iPads, a printer and furniture

• Nona Hendricks, $2,970 for an electronic whiteboard and microphone for PAHS math classes; and $740 for a laptop computer and printer for PAHS math classes

• Kris Jones, $2,849.85 for iPads for world geography and world history courses at PAHS

• Second-grade teachers, $2,658.70 for tables and rugs for a balanced literacy reading program area

• Melanie Mayer, $1,500 to attend the National Council of Teachers of English conference in Orlando, Fla.; and $1,444 to attend the Texas Council of English Teachers conference in Dallas

• Tom McHenry, $600 for interactive videoconference field trips for art students; and $2,000 for lab stools and tables for the art classroom (to be built by PAHS shop classes)

• Sharon McKinney, $1,500 for financial aid for students taking dual credit courses at PAHS

• Middle school math teachers, $589.04 for a Marlin Math Day for seventh- and eighthgrade students

• Janis Moore, $2,873.75 for Math Manipulatives, a math learning tool; and $1,344.76 for Math Literature, a math learning tool

• Rebecca Peterson, $173.80 for subscriptions to National Geographic Young Explorers Magazine

• Pre-K-second grade teachers, $8,038 for iPads and accessories

• Melissa Ramsden, $10,000 for a fresh fruit and vegetable bar for all Port Aransas ISD students

• Andrea Skoss, $4,978.62 for seven iPads for seventhand eighth-grade science classrooms

• Bill Slingerland, $450 for a field trip on the research vessel Katy for marine life and aquatic science students; $ 3,000 for appliances and equipment for food science classrooms; and $202.70 for a hospitality and tourism class field trip to Rockport

• Jill Smith, $2,156.25 for new chemistry books at PAHS; and $3,454.45 for a biotechnology lab system at PAHS

• Monica Sonnier, $460 for a staging area for communications students, including lighting, audio and background equipment; $1,450 for two iPads and a wireless printer for the BMS library; $500 for library books at H.G. Olsen Elementary School; and $700 for a sewing machine, materials and notions for a PAHS sewing class

Altogether, PAEF made 45 grant awards.

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