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The San Marcos Education Foundation (SMEF) seized the theme of the recent San Marcos CISD Technology Fair -Technology on Fire- to present sizzling spring grant awards in excess of $40,000 to 40 teachers and four elementary school librarians last week.

Hernandez Intermediate School received the largest grant with eight teams being awarded $2,940 each, for a total of $23,520 for “Interactive Classrooms” technology.

The librarians at the four SMCISD elementary schools each received $2,700 for a “Kids Choices” program to be set up at each campus.

Additional grant winners included:

o Viki Hicks: $2,500 for a Geography Enrichment project at Crockett Elementary School;
o Moon Hernandez, Vicki Partin, Pam Thomas, and Sharon Ahrens for “Writing in Action” at Bowie Elementary School;
o Amber Alexander for her “Oral History Project” at Bowie Elementary School; and
o Jennifer Vogel’s team for a “Great Outdoors” project at the SMCISD Child Development Center.

“For the last couple of years, the San Marcos Education Foundation has been able to award over $80,000 annually to Innovative Teaching Grants in San Marcos CISD schools,” said SMEF President Margaret Lindsey. “These grants fund projects within the classroom that are outside the scope of district funding, and teachers plan the projects to academically and socially stimulate the students.”

By IRIS CAMPBELL
Public Information Officer – City of San Marcos

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Photo: Viki Hicks of Crockett Elementary School received a $2500 grant for Geography Enrichments, an international cultural study through music and art. Photo by Iris Campbell

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