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May 20th, 2008
Foundation awards more than $40,000 in grants

From the San Marcos school district

The San Marcos Education Foundation awarded innovative teaching grants totaling more than $40,000 as part of the San Marcos school district’s technology fair.

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

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