Port Aransas Education Foundation awards over $124,000 in grants
The Port Aransas Education Foundation awarded more than $100,000 to the city's school district.
Port Aransas ISD stands to lose out on substantial amounts of funding due to its small size, making the awarded grants even more significant.
Elementary, middle and high school teachers were among the grant recipients.
PORT ARANSAS -
Thursday morning, the Port Aransas Education Foundation held a grant awards ceremony, announcing awards totaling more than $124,000 for the city's education system.
Port Aransas Elementary, middle and high school teachers received grants from the foundation.
"Port Aransas is a great school with amazing students and we are so happy to be part of enriching their educational experiences through this foundation," said Wendy Moore, President of the Port Aransas Education Foundation.
This is the 11th year the foundation has handed out awards, and it has now given $1,000,000 to the school district through the help of community donors.
"Each year I am amazed at the way our community comes together to support innovative teaching and learning," said Superintendent Sharon McKinney.
The awarded funds make up a timely and substantial donation for the district, which has urged lawmakers to end funding cuts to small districts like theirs.
As we've reported, the district stands to lose out on public funding due to its small size, which could lead to budget cuts and ultimately teacher and staff cuts.
"In a time where state funding for public schools barely funds the basics, our teachers have the opportunity to think outside the box and know that they will have the opportunity to fund their creative ideas," McKinney said. "It makes PAISD a great place to work and a wonderful place for children to go to school."