The Whitehouse ISD Education Foundation presented a $44,000 check to the Whitehouse Independent School District Board of Trustees during the monthly board meeting on Monday.

These funds will pay for 24 innovative teaching grants selected for the 2015-16 school year.

The grants funded this year are in addition to 17 grants, totaling $22,000, that were awarded last December. Those grants ranged from in-classroom technology to traditional teaching resources and impacted the education of several thousand students in 47 classrooms.

Teachers are selected to receive grants through a thorough and unbiased grant application and evaluation process.

"The outpouring of support from individuals and businesses in Whitehouse has reminded us of the emphasis this community puts on supporting our teachers in their tireless efforts to spark curiosity and creativity in our students' minds," Foundation President Micheal Lavender said.

The WISD Education Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization run by an all-volunteer board of directors from the Whitehouse community.

It began in May 2014 with a mission to support educational excellence, promote innovation in teaching and enhance educational programs consistent with the goals of the district and partner with the community to enrich the quality of education for all students in the Whitehouse school district.

The goal of the foundation is to enhance and enrich educational opportunities for students while supporting staff for their innovative efforts and recognizing them for exemplary teaching. The foundation accomplishes these goals by raising charitable funds from the community and using those monies to fund innovative teaching initiatives.

More information on the Whitehouse Education Foundation is at www.wisdef.org.

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