ASTEF AWARDS $39,000+ IN PROJECT STIPENDS AT ARLINGTON CONVENTION
ASTEF was pleased to award $39,560 in project stipends to Texas chapters and individual recipients during the ASTEF Annual Meeting at the Arlington Convention on June 22.
The 34 projects that were selected for funding are primarily broken down into two categories that support ASTEF’s mission: those that promote educational excellence for students in numerous creative ways, and those that support and meet the needs of Early-Career Educators and even others in the community who serve children and families in some capacity.
PROJECTS THAT PROMOTE READING:
Delta Gamma ($1300; Area 1) provides books each month to each Pre-K thru 2nd grade student in San Augustine ISD to take home. Erin Figert ($1200; Area 12) an individual project, provides books to low income elementary students in Rockwall ISD over the summer and in backpacks during the year. Alisha Procter ($950; Area 13) another individual project, will coordinate a Family Summer Reading Camp in Fort Bend County where adult learners who are parents will bring their children to a summer literacy camp for summer read-alouds.
Eta Eta ($2000; Area 9) will create a library in a shelter for homeless teens in Dallas ISD and provide a quiet space for reading. Gamma Nu ($1000; Area 3) will distribute 1,000 books through Little Free Libraries into homes of Goose Creek CISD PK-6th grade students in Baytown. Mu Tau ($550; Area 1) will provide books and furniture to make a library in a women’s shelter for children in Kemp, TX.
Zeta Lambda ($1000; Area 12) will purchase books for every kindergarten student in Scurry County, including Snyder ISD, to take home and keep, along with materials for parents that promote reading with their children. Epsilon Omega ($2000; Area 4) will tutor and provide rewards for struggling readers at Wessendorff Middle school in Lamar CISD. Nu Gamma ($1000; Area 9) will make literacy bags for Pre-K students to receive at a summer event with their parents in Wylie ISD.
Theta Psi ($1500; Area 2) will use funds to purchase books for each new teacher and to purchase classroom sets of books for 4th grade teachers to replace books lost due to flooding and hurricane at 3 elementary schools in Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD and in Deweyville ISD. Theta Iota ($1500; Area 15) has a multi-faceted project to provide school supplies, a field trip, and books to support reading for all third graders, as well as mentoring and outreach for teachers at Capistrano Elementary in Ysleta ISD in El Paso. Zeta Theta ($700; Area 9) will supply a book to each child in first grade at two elementary schools in Sherman ISD and encourage parental involvement.
TO INCREASE MATH APTITUDE AMONG STUDENTS IN A CREATIVE WAY
Theta Alpha ($1560; Area 9) will collaborate with teachers to decorate the school stairs with multiplication tables in Arcadia Park Elementary located in South Dallas. Gamma Eta ($1500; Area 12) will purchase 70 sets of virtual reality goggles for 9 schools in 7 northern rural counties in Texas with limited access to field trips to provide enrichment experiences for students, including travelling around the world and back in time. Kappa Kappa ($975; Area 18) will purchase and place fully loaded mobile STEM station kits for low-income Pre-K thru 2nd grade students participating in after-school programs in Alief ISD.
OTHER PROJECTS THAT MEET THE NEEDS OF NEW AND EXPERIENCED TEACHERS AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY
Mu Sigma ($800; Area 3) will purchase supplies for and conduct a one-day training event for K-12 teachers in Friendswood, Pearland, Alvin, Pasadena, and Houston that focuses on strategies for student learning success. Theta Nu ($1250; Area 1) will purchase programming supplies and provide scholarships to train community members in Tyler and East Texas for advocacy and outreach for “For the Silent,” to protect youth from sex trafficking. Omicron ($700; Area 3) will assist students and teachers attending Upward Hope Academy in Galveston through mentoring, tutoring, and volunteering. Kappa Zeta ($1000; Area 9) will provide dues, entry fees, transportation, and materials to girls living at Geary Girls Ranch in Grayson County so they can participate in social, athletic, and extracurricular activities. Geary Girls are teenage girls whose families are no longer able to provide basic care. Laura Downes ($500, Area 18) an individual project recipient in Fort Bend ISD, will receive funds to purchase much-needed teaching supplies for middle schools students she is tutoring in reading and writing.
PROJECTS THAT FOCUS ON MEETING MATERIAL NEEDS OF DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS, INCLUDING ADDRESSING HUNGER:
Zeta ($975; Area 8) will sponsor 5 low-income students in McLennan County to provide food on weekends throughout the school year through Pack of Hope. It was Jane Bounds, the co-founder of the McLennan County Pack of Hope, who was honored last year with the Advocate for Education Award at the TSO Convention in Waco. Theta Epsilon ($1800; Area 12) will provide food items for weekend/holiday backpacks for one month for students living in poverty on 6 campuses in Levelland ISD.
PROJECTS THAT FOCUS ON MEETING OTHER MATERIAL NEEDS OF STUDENTS, SUCH AS PROVIDING SCHOOL
SUPPLIES, LEARNING MATERIALS, CLOTHING, AND
Beta Kappa ($750; Area 14) will provide school supplies in the fall and spring and books, flashcards, and workbooks at Christmas to CASA children in 4 counties, affecting students in Big Spring ISD and several other surrounding areas. Gamma Beta ($700; Area 9) will provide games, puzzles, and teaching games to children and their families at a homeless shelter in Collin County located in McKinney, TX, during a Game Day. Kappa Lambda ($2000; Area 7) will provide consumable baby needs for teen parents, business clothing, and underwear for high school students attending Success High School, an alternative high school in Round Rock ISD. Theta Lambda ($2000; Area 18) will partner with Parks Youth Ranch in Richmond to provide each new student with a duffel bag filled with essentials and also provide Christmas stockings. Kappa Upsilon ($1500; Area 9) will support CASA volunteers by providing supplies, books, diapers, and gift cards as they serve vulnerable children in Dallas County.
TO ENCOURAGE AND REWARD CREATIVE WRITING AMONG STUDENTS
Alpha Gamma ($250; Area 10) has a multi-faceted project in Cleburne ISD to conduct a poetry competition in grades K-12, hold a festival to award prizes, and award scholarships to paraprofessionals seeking a teaching degree.
TO COMBAT BULLYING AMONG STUDENTS
Iota Upsilon ($2000; Area 8) will provide an anti-bullying book to 2nd and 3rd graders in 7 elementary campuses in 7 school districts in Commerce and Mills Counties.
PROJECTS THAT FOCUS ON EARLY-CAREER EDUCATORS
Mu Iota ($750; Area 2) strives to increase teacher retention in Dayton ISD by hosting a new teacher celebration in January, provide classroom supplies, mentor and encourage teachers, and host an ice cream social in April. Phi ($1200; Area 1) will provide classroom organization materials for early educators in 3 districts in Rusk County and mentor teachers in how to use the tools. Theta ($300; Area 2) will focus their energies on one early-career teacher in West Orange-Cove CISD in Orange to mentor and to provide with individualized supplies and materials. Beta Lambda ($1250; Area 17) will provide classroom supplies, teaching materials, and mentoring to early career educators in Hunt County. Mu Upsilon ($750; Area 2) will supply beginning teachers in Evadale, Kountze, Lumberton, and Silsbee ISDs with classroom books and dialogue with teachers to mentor.