Jenna Masters, executive director of United Way of Brazoria County, presents a check for $10,000 to representatives of the Pearland ISD Education Foundation.

UWBC announces grant recipients

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United Way of Brazoria County’s (UWBC) Board of Directors approved the distribution of $50,000 in grants for the 2016-17 funding cycle to five ISD Education Foundations in Brazoria County:, Alvin ISD Education Foundation, Angleton ISD Education Foundation, Brazosport ISD Education Foundation, Columbia-Brazoria ISD Education Foundation and Pearland ISD Education Foundation. Each of the five Education Foundations will receive $10,000.

“At UWBC, we have four pillars: education, income, health and basic needs,” said Jenna Masters, executive director of UWBC. “All of our endeavors focus on those four pillars, but we felt that we could further impact the future of our community by working with Education Foundations. Without that education piece, our community cannot thrive.”

The five programs that will be funded are:
– Alvin ISD Education Foundation: The Book Bus will bring literacy and other learning opportunities directly to the neighborhoods of students and families this summer. The Book Bus will provide reading resources to students and their families who may not have access to literacy opportunities at home, and those who may not have transportation to public or school libraries. The goal of the Book Bus is to help close the achievement gap that results from summer reading loss and will enable educators to continue building relationships with students and families by bringing fun reading activities directly to them.
– Angleton ISD Education Foundation: Grants for Great Ideas Program is designed to encourage, facilitate, recognize and award teacher and campus/department grants to innovate instructional approaches that benefit Angleton ISD.
– Brazosport ISD Education Foundation: Two United Way Innovation Grants will be awarded to one elementary campus and one secondary campus in Brazosport ISD. The Foundation will award 100% of United Way Funds directly to these grant recipients, with an even split to each campus. The campuses must successfully complete the Grants for Great Ideas grant proposal, with an additional United Way logic model, for an innovative program that will greatly impact all or a large percentage of students at that campus.
– CBISD Education Foundation: A teacher resource program would allow teachers to apply for a grant up to $5,000 to help fund an opportunity or tools for their students to enhance their learning. This would be for resources over and beyond what they are already given for their classroom.
– Pearland ISD Education Foundation: Expand and improve reading intervention class for 9th grade students who failed their 8th grade STARR Reading assessment. Funds will purchase Dell tablets, e-books, high interest, love readability print books and student subscriptions of Scholastic News Magazine for students to read while practicing literacy skills/strategies. Teachers will make reading materials available during class time to motivate students to become life-long readers and learners. The district’s objective is to reach a 100% passing rate for all 9th grade students taking the English I End of Course STARR assessment, which is also a requirement for high school graduation.

UWBC invited all school districts to apply for the ISD Education Foundation grants with program proposals that met at least one of the following:
– Programs which address school readiness (pre-k through 12th) regardless of socio-economic circumstances;
– Programs that address workforce development and training for at-risk youth;
– Programs that address strengthening children and families through family involvement;
– Programs that address immediate crisis and a means to stability (food, clothing, shelter, etc.).

In addition, applicants had to be incorporated as a nonprofit organization and possess tax-exempt status under section 501(c)3 of the United States Internal Revenue Code as well as have a board with substantial membership from Brazoria County, including members from the proposed service area.