Three faces will become a familiar site around town as the Faces of Friendswood. The three are part of the Friendswood ISD Education Foundation awareness program for their Adopt a Grant program underway Dec. 1.
The three are Friendswood students and represent all students in FISD who are impacted by the donated grants.
The 2016-17 Faces of Friendswood are Kathryn Sicuro of Cline Elementary, Madelyn Sicuro of Westwood Elementary and Sydney Paulk. The three are cousins.
It was their grandparents, Paulk, owners of Treadwell Electric, who named the three young students as this year’s Faces. The opportunity was in a live auction package at the FEF’s annual Valentine gala.
Six years ago the first “Face of Friendswood” was selected. The face of John Ridout, a third grader was used in all marketing materials for the Adopt a Grant program. The next year it was a live auction item at the Foundation’s gala and Matthew Kovacevich was seen on posters through the city as well as on flyers and a city banner stretched across Friendswood Drive by City Hall encouraging all to Adopt a Grant. The first girl, Malorie Yarbrough and then Kyle Lockhart followed the next two years.
Last year the first trio was used. Students Luke, Cole and Grace Davis (brothers and sister) were the Faces of Friendswood. In 2016-17 the trend continues.
The Faces of Friendswood advertising program assists the Foundation’s Adopt a Grant program. The online donation of grants for teachers went live Dec. 1 on the Foundation’s website.
The Adopt a Grant program was able to give more than $80,000 in community donated grants to teachers and campuses in FISD in 2015-2016.
“We think the amount will grow even higher this year. The grants are given to teachers for programs, equipment, and supplies that are not included in the district or campus budget,” FEF Executive Director Paige Ridout said. “We have a very giving community who values education and through their efforts the FEF is able to impact all children in the growing district.”
The FEF is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) that began in FISD in 1999.
Story by Karoyln Gephart