NEF Awards More Than $106,000 to NISD Campuses During Five Days of Giving
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NEF Awards More Than $106,000 to NISD Campuses During Five Days of Giving
Posted on 12/18/2020
This is the image for the news article titled NEF Awards More Than $106,000 to NISD Campuses During Five Days of GivingThe Northwest ISD Education Foundation presented $45,000 to NISD to be split evenly among its 30 campuses.

The Northwest ISD Education Foundation (NEF) presented $61,486.57 in teaching grants to fund innovative projects during surprise celebrations at campuses across the district during their Five Days of Giving campaign.

nef grant brigade delivers video

The foundation ended the week-long celebration with another surprise — a $45,000 award to Northwest ISD to be split evenly among the district's 30 campuses, bringing the total contributions to more than $106,000.

NEF five days of giving surprised teachers across Northwest ISD to fund innovative teaching grants.

NEF adapted their annual “grant brigade” to align with COVID-19 health and safety protocols, stretching the award presentations from one day to five and utilizing times when students were not present on campus.

Haslet elementary teacher receives teaching grant for innovative ideas.

In all, 28 grants across 17 campuses were awarded during the NEF Week of Giving to fund projects including:
  • “Kids on Cougar News” to allow students at Hatfield Elementary in Justin to direct, film, star in and stream morning announcements at their campus.
  • “We Exercise to the Beat of our own Drum!” to bring the DrumFIT cardio drumming program, which combines the mental health benefits of drumming with the overall health benefits of physical fitness, to students at O.A. Peterson Elementary in Fort Worth.
  • “Getting the Upper Hand in Orchestra” to purchase 48 devices to help students at Truett Wilson Middle School in Haslet develop the fine motor skills required to hold orchestra instruments.
  • “Bringing History to Life: Using AR Technology to Learn About Historical Figures” to enable students at Cox Elementary in Roanoke to experience history in the palm of their hands using Merge Cubes to create 3D models of historical figures and artifacts.
Jennifer Burton, executive director of NEF, said this is her favorite event of the year.

“Although our grant presentations looked a little different this holiday season, celebrating the success of our NISD educators remains a priority,” she said. “Spreading holiday cheer throughout the district during NEF’s Week of Giving allowed NEF board members and teaching grant sponsors to personally thank our teachers and staff for all their hard work and dedication during a challenging year.”

Seven Hills elementary teacher receives innovative teaching grant from Northwest ISD Education Foundation

To date, more than $1.8 million have been distributed to teachers in Northwest ISD by the foundation. Additionally, the foundation raises funds to support students for scholarship opportunities (awarded in May) and a resource center that provides classroom supplies for teachers across the district.

Click here to learn more about the teaching grants program.