By KAROLYN GEPHART
Grants were presented to Friendswood ISD teachers recently to the cheers of students and faculty as the Friendswood ISD Education Foundation Prize Patrol arrived at each campus.
The annual surprise campus visits occurred Friday, April 6.
FEF supporters arrived with a group of FHS Mighty Mustang Band members leading the way musically into each campus.
Elementary principals Kristin Moffitt and JT Patton, along with all the Westwood and Bales students, greeted the visitors with shouts of joy through cheering and clapping. Moffitt and Patton were excited to receive checks in the amounts of almost $17,000 for Westwood and over $14,390 for Bales Intermediate.
Next stop on the list was Cline Elementary, where Principal Barry Clifford, students, staff, and members of the Cline PTO were there to support the first campus and two years running champs to be 100 percent sold out in grants. This year Cline received over $40,000.
It was a great year to be at Windsong Intermediate, with its first year to be 100 percent sold out. Windsong teachers received $23,880.
Principal Dana Drew and Assistant Christina Holt are very familiar with this big day for Friendswood Junior High, who received over $26,500.
The final bus stop was Friendswood High School where Principal Mark Griffon opened the doors and led the way for colorful balloons and multiple checks for teachers and one large check for $63,100.
The FEF grant committee included Chair Kim Montz, and FEF committee members Joe Hornberger, Suzanne Banfield, Joseph Ditta, Alan Stanfield, Charlotte Hall, Emily Bryant, Jamie Hill, Dr. Tanner Baker, Laney Montemayor, Garth McHenry, Tracy Hopkins, Brad Freyer, Cindy Lewis, Matt McGuire, Jennifer Yuracheck, Molly Crow, Leslie Yarbrough, and Niki Rhodes.
The Adopt-a-Grant program went “live” Jan. 8-March 31 and took center stage at the annual FEF Gala held in February at The Marriot Marquis.
“What an amazing year Friendswood has had. The support and commitment of this community continues this year,” FEF Executive Director Paige Ridout said. “With the help of the FISD PTO’s, community support, and the FEF grant committee, Cline Elementary and Windsong Intermediate set the bar high this year by being sold out of grants. The Foundation thanks the community who continues to adopt grants and make FISD the best it can be each year.”