We are thrilled to announce that the Cuero ISD Education Foundation has approved and funded two incredible teaching grants that will make a significant impact on our students' educational experiences. These grants, designed to enhance learning and provide innovative opportunities, were carefully selected to empower our educators and inspire our students. Let's take a closer look at the two exciting grants that will further enrich Cuero ISD.
Grant 1: "Refresh-Renew-Revitalize"
Recipient: Ms. Heather Stewart, Cuero High School
Total Grant Amount: $5,702.52
Ms. Heather Stewart, a dedicated art teacher at Cuero High School, has been awarded the "Refresh-Renew-Revitalize" grant. With a total sum of $5,702.52, Ms. Stewart will be able to purchase art supplies that go beyond the regular CHS art budget capabilities. Over the past 12 years, Ms. Stewart has diligently built the junior high art program, collecting supplies and systems for distribution and care. Unfortunately, the same caliber materials and opportunities were not available at the high school level. However, this grant will change that.
Ms. Stewart's goal is to jumpstart the same process for Cuero ISD high school students, incorporating alternate art mediums to equip them with the skills that are currently in demand in art career fields. To gauge the success of the grant, students will complete a survey at the beginning and end of the school year to monitor their awareness of fine arts-based career paths and "side hustles," as well as their potential interests in these areas to shape the program.
Students will also be encouraged to build portfolios of their work, a crucial step for those aspiring to attend art schools or pursue careers in art-related fields. Thanks to this grant, Cuero High School will be able to increase the number of high-quality art pieces eligible for the juried HLSR Student Art Show. Within two years, Ms. Stewart aims to have students competing in the HLSR Digital Art competition. With these expanded resources, Art 2-4 students will have a broader range of mediums to be more competitive with Victoria schools in the Victoria Art League Spring Youth Art Show.
Grant 2: "Flexible Collaborative Seating"
Recipient: Ms. Rebecca Wolf, Cuero Junior High School
Total Grant Amount: $9,495.08
The second grant, "Flexible Collaborative Seating," has been awarded to Ms. Rebecca Wolf at Cuero Junior High School. This grant, totaling $9,495.08, will be used to purchase desks designed for small group collaborative learning. These desks offer the flexibility of grouping in sets of 2-4 or being used individually as needed for various lessons.
Ms. Wolf believes that this grant provides an opportunity to pilot alternative seating arrangements that could lead to the implementation of these desks at the campus and district levels in the future. Collaborative seating fosters student-to-student purposeful communication and philosophical chair activities, promoting positive interactions that enhance content retention. To assess the success of this innovative approach, Ms. Wolf will administer an end-of-year survey to allow students to compare their learning experiences in these new environments.
Since 2002, the Cuero ISD Education Foundation has awarded over $815,000 in grants to administrators, faculty, and staff for resources, projects, and programs that go beyond traditional school funding. These grants are made possible through your generous contributions, including sponsorships and ticket purchases for the annual Concert for Classrooms event.
We encourage all Cuero ISD faculty and staff to consider applying for grants using the 2023 grant application available on our website. To explore other grants that the Foundation has awarded and to learn more about our mission, please visit the Cuero ISD Education Foundation website.
Thank you for your continued support in making innovative educational initiatives like these grants possible. Together, we are shaping a brighter future for Cuero ISD students!
The Cuero ISD Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax-exempt organization that shares a mission of enhancing opportunities for Cuero public schools by working to increase private and corporate support for educational activities, supporting activities not funded by tax dollars, fostering creative approaches to education through private grants and involvement, and awarding Foundation funds through a volunteer Board of Directors made up of business, community and educational leaders.