DALLAS - The Dallas School Board on Monday night approved $6,650 in grants from the Dallas Education Fund (DEF) to be given to classroom teachers in the district. This year's announcement was made by DEF advisory chair Alice Bibler.
The DEF was established in 2003 with a $100 anonymous donation. Since that time, the fund has grown to more than $18,000 and solely benefits specific needs for students of all ages in the Dallas School District.
The Dallas Education Fund is a restricted fund within the Dallas Community Foundation, a nonprofit corporation that was established in 1995 to benefit the citizens of the Dallas area.
This year the fund received a grant of $12,000 from Weyerhaeuser, which helped make it possible to award more grants this year. The DEF Advisory Committee received 27 grant applications from Dallas School District educators; 17 grants were funded.
Each year the goal of the Dallas Education Fund is to fund projects that are not provided for within the current budget constraints. The projects to be funded each year are selected by the Advisory Committee for the Dallas Education Fund.
Final approval for expenditures are made by the Dallas School Board.
Receiving grants were: two grants to Lyle School for an electronic keyboard for music classes ($877) and frog dissection, a partnership with DHS students ($97); three grants to Oakdale Heights for board games for family night ($142.44), cooking station and supplies for Life Skills students ($300) and Thesaurus/dictionary/spell checkers ($239.64); two grants to Whitworth for Literacy Centers for fourth grade ($400) and Battle of the Books ($250).
Also: five grants to LaCreole Middle School for LCD projectors ($775), cookware ($500), Summer Leadership Camp ($500), and calculators ($364.50 and $149.50); three grants to Dallas High School for books/audio ($800), physical education equipment for special needs ($500) and personal finance curriculum ($320.92); and two grants to Morrison Alternative School for library books ($250) and radio equipment ($185).
Last year two grants were awarded to classroom teachers. The first grant was awarded to Carol Shavere, a special education teacher at LaCreole Middle School. She requested $150 to develop a vocational program for her special needs students.
The money was used to purchase supplies to get this new program up and running. Future supplies will be purchased with the income from the sale of snacks to students and staff at the middle school.
Currently, Shavere's program serves 20 to 30 students each year.
The second grant was awarded to Craig Button, a P.E. teacher at Whitworth Elementary School. One of Button's key goals is teaching his students about lifelong wellness through an active lifestyle.
He used the $350 from the Dallas Education Fund to purchase a pulse monitor so that the students can see the affects of exercise on their heart. Button's program serves more than 450 students each school year.
The DEF also received a check for $1,331.70 at Monday's meeting from Ed Gagznos, owner of Ugo's Pizza in Dallas, for the Feb. 12 DEF fundraiser hosted by Ugo's.
The DEF in partnership with the city of Dallas, is sponsoring a Family Swim Night at the Dallas Aquatic Center from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 13. Fifty-percent of the proceeds will benefit the DEF.
It was also announced that Dave Weston was recently selected to serve as chairman for the DEF Advisory Committee.
For questions regarding the Dallas Education Fund, please contact Lu Ann Meyer at 503-623-6967, Christy Perry at 503-623-5594, or e-mail DallasEducationFund@dallas.k12.or.us.