The grants will pay for supplies such as pencils, paper, books, and educational tools, including robots, math manipulatives, and language support items.
“We are thrilled to provide financial support to our teachers and staff who give so much to the students across the district,” said Jeanna Jette, the foundation’s executive director, in a media release. “Oftentimes, teachers pay for these items out of their own pockets, but we want them to know there is a community behind them ready to support.”
The foundation received 80 grant applications and was able to fulfill each one. In total, about $19,000 of relief will be spread across all seven of the district’s campuses.
While the majority of the funding comes from donations made to the foundation, some is from the Employees Giving to the Grants for Great Ideas fund, which accepts donations from staff to fund grants for fellow district employees. This year, 82 percent of MFISD employees contributed to the initiative.