ASTEF PROJECT STIPENDS 2017 - 2018
“Tried and true” or “new and unique”? Both terms can be used to describe the chapter projects receiving ASTEF stipends for 2017-2018. Stipends were given to several repeat projects, but several new projects also received funding. In this sixth year of project funding, thirty-seven projects received a total of almost $35,000 in ASTEF stipends.
Recognizing the importance of helping new educators is the focus of several new or on-going projects. TSO members will conduct projects with various activities such as mentoring, volunteering in classrooms, providing classroom supplies, giving goodie bags or treats, and doing other things that encourage and recognize new educators. Chapters with these projects are: Theta Psi, Zeta Omicron, Beta Lambda, Mu Upsilon, Iota Nu, Alpha Mu, Theta Epsilon, and Omega.
TSO/ASTEF members realize the importance of reading and several projects are designed to get books into the hands of children and to encourage reading. Gamma Beta will bring Critterman to Samaritan Inn to provide activities and books about wildlife. Nu Chapter’s stipend will provide funds to allow every child on one campus to purchase a book at the Book Fair. Epsilon Phi will continue giving books in Alfresco Weslaco Literacy Project. Theta Nu’s project will focus on Lambda Upsilon members will see that book shelves are provided for a children’s advocacy center.
Children attending a CASA Christmas party will each receive a book provided from the Beta Kappa stipend. Alpha Gamma members will create pillowcase book bags to hold the books given to CASA kids at their Book-O-Rama at the public library. Kappa Upsilon and Alpha Mu members will create and erect Little Free Libraries in neighborhoods without library access. Zeta Beta members will provide books and will encourage teen-age mothers to read to their babies. Books in English and Spanish will be given to new babies through the Theta Kappa project of Books for Babies.
Iota Pi members will provide various foods to be put into snack packs to be given to students needing them for week-end meals. Iota Omega’s stipend will help with meals for children and caregivers who attend grief counseling sessions. Kappa Pi members have seen a need to provide hygiene supplies for children in families who come to a distribution center in a low-income area.
Adult students are also targeted in two projects. Epsilon Upsilon and Tau Chapters received stipends to provide materials for adults who attend classes at transitional facilities helping them with educational and social skills.Children in family crises or in foster care will receive books, blankets and other necessities through the projects that Theta Chi, Beta Epsilon and Zeta Chapters have adopted. Theta Zeta will again have a Buddy Bench installed at an elementary school. Zeta Gamma members will provide physical activity boxes for a childcare center. Zeta Omega’s stipend will pay for tablet insurance for students living in a homeless shelter.
Aspiring Writers will be recognized through activities conducted by Kappa Theta members. Zeta Epsilon members who volunteer at the low-income health center will be able to help in decorating the area where children wait while parents see doctors. Zeta Tau members will see that fourth graders have books and speakers to make Texas History Come Alive.
Beta Theta’s stipend will help provide art activities in after-school programs for rural students. Children at the Madonna Center will participate in STEM activities provided by the Beta Chapter project. Theta Iota members will adopt an entire third grade to provide uniforms and supplies. Alpha Mu members will help elementary students with outdoor garden learning.
Want to know more? Contact the chapters listed on the menu link Awards2017 for information. If you or your chapter have a project that could use funding, now is the time to begin planning to make application by the April 1, 2018 deadline.