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The Prize Posse Surprises 22 Teachers with Grant Money (November, 2006)

Colonial Day at Curtsinger was funded through Grants for Great Ideas.



The Frisco Education Foundation’s Prize Posse fanned out across the district last week to give the longed-for knock on the doors of the lucky teachers who won the Grants for Great Ideas funds for this year.

Each school year teachers are invited to apply for grant money for a program or curriculum-enhancing item that will help their students. The Frisco Education Foundation Grants for Great Ideas team picks winners and then surprises them at their home campus with a balloon bouquet and giant check.

“We had a great time this year,” Allison Miller, Foundation Director, said. “The teachers were really excited and many of the programs we are helping fund are very exciting. We were particularly glad to fun Frisco Reads again for the next school year. The program of bringing in visiting authors who address the teachers and visit classrooms is something from which all Frisco teachers can benefit.”

Great Ideas programs that won this year include: Colonial Day at Curtsinger; Read at Home Backpacks for students at Rogers Elementary; Tools for Building Bright Readers at Bright Elementary and requested by first grade teacher Mary Ann Heath. Other programs assist with science and mathematics.

Donna Karcher, a speech pathologist for FISD, received funding for a sensory language book, which helps bridge the gaps between flat dimension pictures and 3D objects. It is used to work with children with Autism and delays in early language development.

Camela Newsome of Rogers described the Read at Home Backpacks project that won at her school as a program for kindergarten through second grade to help struggling readers. The pack will include a paperback book, an audio CD of the book and a laminated activity sheet for children to do at home. Each first and second grade class will have a backpack to share and the kindergarten classes will get backpacks in the spring.