2017-04-20 / Front Page

Granted

PAEF makes awards
Zach Perkins
Reporter


The Port Aransas Education Foundation awarded teachers and other school employees with 54 grants worth $124,857.38 during an assembly at Port Aransas High School on Thursday, April 13. Grant winners, from left, are Sharon Holloway, Meghan Zigmond, Valerie Martinez, James Garrett, Nancy Morgan, Marilyn Cook, Rodrigo Salinas, Brock Grosse, Ryan Piwetz, Steve Reaves, Glenys Kucera, Lia Phillips, Amanda Tipps, Michelle Parker, Gretchen Baughman, Heather Collins, Thom Driver, Pete Barello, Deana Mooney, Merry Fore-Canion and Rene Hillis. 
Staff photo by Zach Perkins The Port Aransas Education Foundation awarded teachers and other school employees with 54 grants worth $124,857.38 during an assembly at Port Aransas High School on Thursday, April 13. Grant winners, from left, are Sharon Holloway, Meghan Zigmond, Valerie Martinez, James Garrett, Nancy Morgan, Marilyn Cook, Rodrigo Salinas, Brock Grosse, Ryan Piwetz, Steve Reaves, Glenys Kucera, Lia Phillips, Amanda Tipps, Michelle Parker, Gretchen Baughman, Heather Collins, Thom Driver, Pete Barello, Deana Mooney, Merry Fore-Canion and Rene Hillis. Staff photo by Zach Perkins The entire Port Aransas ISD student body waved blue and white pompoms and cheered loudly as the Port Aransas Education Foundation awarded teachers with grants at an assembly on Thursday, April 13.

The assembly was held at the Doyle Marek Gym. PAEF awarded $124,857.38 in grant money to teachers.

“Each year I’m amazed at the way our community comes together through PAEF,” PAISD Superintendent Sharon McKinney said. “It makes PAISD a great place to work, and a wonderful place for children to attend school.”


Students from Port Aransas ISD cheered on their teachers as they received more than $100,000 in grant money at a ceremony that took place at the Doyle Marek Gym on Thursday, April 13. Raised by the Port Aransas Education Foundation, the money will provide for everything from science workbooks to an open-air sculpture studio. 
Staff photo by Zach Perkins Students from Port Aransas ISD cheered on their teachers as they received more than $100,000 in grant money at a ceremony that took place at the Doyle Marek Gym on Thursday, April 13. Raised by the Port Aransas Education Foundation, the money will provide for everything from science workbooks to an open-air sculpture studio. Staff photo by Zach Perkins The money will go toward 54 grants including funds for guest speaker Kevin Laue, a fifth-grade symphony field trip, a sculpture studio and more. Laue is a former college basketball player who overcame the handicap of a missing limb.

The total amount of money awarded was less than last year’s $156,208.11, but that is not because PAEF didn’t have enough money, according to Wendy Moore, PAEF president.

“The amount is less than last year, but that is because the school asked for less this year,” said Moore. “It just depends on what they need that year.”

Since its founding in 2006, PAEF has awarded more than $1 million in grants to teachers of PAISD, Moore said.

The money raised by PAEF was collected through the foundation’s annual Fiesta, which takes place in October.

Providing the grants is gratifying work, Moore said.

“It’s incredibly rewarding to see the teachers, staff and students so excited about receiving the grants,” she said. “We work really hard to fundraise for this group, and we are always so thrilled to see the fruits of our labor in their excitement when they receive the grants.”

Brock Gross e, shop teacher at PAHS, was pleased to receive $5,000 for equipment and materials.

Grosse said with a small budget, it is very difficult to afford products for his class without help from the outside.

“ These grants are very important in educating our students,” he said. “In the shop’s case, if we are limited to the school’s affordable budget, we have to be stingy with materials to insure all students have some to work with.”

PAHS teacher Pe ter Barello had the most grants approved, with nine totaling $9,398.59, including a USS Lexington field trip, $959; Dave Ramsey finance books, $ 1,084.55; dual credit books, $1,735.55; advanced placement supplies, $1,018.50; “Coin Quest,” $800; interactive learning software, $800; a camera, $600 and computer control, $1,099.99.

Other teachers awarded grants included:

•H.G. Olsen Elementary School teacher Amanda Tipps, who received $1,800 for a fifth-grade symphony trip, $1,107 for a music educators conference and $431.68 for music notation blocks. Tipps, along with teacher Valerie Martinez and teacher Marliyn Cook, received $2,069 for a teachers’ art convention. Tipps received a joint grant with Gina McKeever, principal at OES, and Gretchen Baughman, teacher at OES, for $3,300 for a Texas Art Commission visit to the elementary school.

• OES teachers Merry Fore-Canion and Heather Collins, who received $1,319.20 for an “interactive math adventure.”

•Debbie Hood and Casey Stokes, who got $2,646.92 for something that foundation paperwork described as “fidgeting to learn.” They also received $734.48, autism awareness.

•Deana Mooney, who got a nonviolent crisis intervention training grant for $4477.40.

• McKeever, awarded $ 1,252.16 for a science conference, and $ 1,500 seed money for the Marlin Discovery Garden.

• PAHS teacher Glenys Kucera, who received $1,200 for a science pantry.

• Baughman, who got $635.80 for science workbooks.

•Brundrett Middle School Principal James Garrett, who received $331.25 for a baseball conference, $1,200 for a school safety symposium and $1,076.88 for a summer workshop on legal updates.

• OE S te a che r Jan i s Moore, for an outdoor weather station worth $2,404.49.

•Lia Phillips, BMS science teacher, who received $2,000 for a science in residence and $3,150 for Gizmo Explore, an online learning site.

•Martinez, Garrett and PTO President Cynd i Christenson, who received $2,493.66 for a “Natural Helpers” retreat.

• OES teacher Meghan Zigmond, who got $ 320 for “get that stop motion rolling,” and $1,245.46 for a teachers’ conference.

•Canion, who received $ 331.50 for reading resources and $371.44 for a horseshoe table.

•Michelle Parker, a teacher at BMS, who received $3,650 for guest speaker Kevin Laue. She also received $3,760 to take seventh and eighth grade student council members to a state convention.

•OES teacher Nancy Morgan, who received $3,936 for a garden learning area.

•Food service supervisor Renee Hillis, who received $4,800 for a reach-in cooler at BMS.

•PAHS teacher Rodrigo Salinas, who received $5,247 for “youth and government,” foundation paperwork said.

•Ryan Piwetz, a teacher at PAHS, received environmental field study equipment worth $2,661.94, $3,359 for an aerial drone, $ 835 for the Challenge team, $ 2,763.56 for advanced placement supplies, $ 1,528.57 for science lab storage cabinets and $2,958.96 for a mobile workstation.

•Steve Reaves, PAHS athletic director, who received $693 for a cross country coaching clinic, $1,875 for golf team rain and wind gear and $1,310 for backpacks for the cross-country team.

• PAHS teacher Thom Driver, who received $2,070 for a Google apps bootcamp.

• Martinez, who received $9,957.97 for a new open air sculpture studio.

•OES teacher Veronica Harlin, who was awarded $4,402 for an interactive whiteboard, $ 586.48 for an autism conference and $839.99 for kids’ “wobble chairs.”

•Victor Dimond, PAHS tennis coach, who received $325 for a coaching convention.

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