ASTEF AWARDS $34,000+ IN PROJECT STIPENDS
Although the year has not gone quite the way our leaders had planned for TSO and ASTEF, we found out that the corona virus cannot stop Delta Kappa Gamma members from doing wonderful things for students and communities across the state of Texas.
TSO/ASTEF members will be very busy implementing the 30 projects that received full or partial funding through stipends from the Projects Fund. Project awards this year range from mentoring early educators in a variety of different ways, such as helping chapters purchase classroom materials, teaching supplies, science lab necessities (beakers, test tubes, etc.), providing goodie bags to new teachers and/or gift cards and sharing organizational strategies using folders and binders. In addition, encouragement and additional support throughout the year with notes and contact will be provided as new teachers maneuver the challenging first year.
Other projects are providing books, books, and more books to enhance reading, math or science STEM learning activities in the classroom. Another project provides exploratory activities as teachers guide students through the STEAM program. Book display cases will be built and a Little Free Library constructed and filled with reading materials to be placed in a railroad themed area. Every first grader in two schools will receive a new book and a corresponding activity book as a project stipend for a chapter. Knowing how important counselors are to delivering curriculum to students, another chapter selected a book on kindness to be given to every second grader in that county to enhance the theme "Make Kindness Normal." An outdoor garden is planned for very young children and a garden area that is already established for middle schoolers will be improved with new seating and a covered canopy to protect students from the hot Texas sun.
Other chapters recognize the many different needs that students have by supporting children in a crisis center or in shelters with clothing, food, or supplemental learning materials. One chapter is filling Blessing Boxes, a "pantry on the go" for families in the community to take what they need while other chapters are providing Take Along Bags filled with personal use items and female sanitary products. Diapers, wipes and meals for teen student mothers is another example of the variety of project stipends awards for 2020-2021.
Some projects challenge students to submit poetry in a writing competition. Then those students are recognized for their compositions. Another chapter assists student teachers in ESL and ELL strategies with their project.
ASTEF is making a difference in school districts and communities across the state. These projects provide funding for activities that support professional and personal growth of women educators in Texas and promote educational excellence for Texas students. Thank you for your continued support to our Foundation with your tax-deductible donations.
2020-2021 PROJECT STIPENDS
Recipient & Area Project Name Award Amount
Alpha (7) ESL and ELL Strategies for Student Success $1,500
Alpha Gamma (10) Poetry Festival and Competition 300
Alpha Mu (5) Garden Based Learning Project Gr. 6-8 900
Alpha Pi (17) Alpha Pi Mentors are the Keys to Success 2,000
Beta Epsilon (12) Take Along Bags 825
Beta Lambda (17) Wanted: Page Turners! Scientists & Mathematicians 300
Beta Upsilon (10) New Teacher Grant 500
Diane Sikkenga (7) Taking Learning Home with STEAM Backpacks 2,833.69
Donna Mohlman (3) Baytown Early Educators Dig Deep for Literacy & Music$1,200
Epsilon (9) Blessing Bags 250
Epsilon Gamma (17) Iron Horse Square Little Free Library 1,500
Eta Alpha (11) Serving Children and Families in Crisis 2,000
Eta Omega (4) Enriching Emerging Educators 1,300
Iota Epsilon (18) Babies Raising Babies 400
Iota Lambda (10) Life Shelter Love 2,000
Kappa Lambda (7) Beyond the Textbook, part 2 800
Kappa Upsilon (9) Adopt a Newbie 1,400
Mu Iota (2) Increasing Teacher Retention 1,000
Mu Tau (1) Forever Families Children's Library: Book Display Cases 300
Mu Upsilon (2) STEAM Ahead with IPADS 800
Omega (13) Make Kindness Normal 1,000
Omicron (3) Mentoring the 21st Century Student 800
Phi (1) Early Educator Enrichment: Encouraging Excellence 800
Theta (2) Theta Mentoring 500
Theta Beta (6) Sensory Room Children's Wonderland 1,878.96
Theta Epsilon (12) DKG Theta Epsilon Fills Blessing Boxes 800
Zeta (8) Pack of Hope 500
Zeta Epsilon (11) New Teacher Success with Storybridge 2,800
Zeta Sigma (16) The Great Outdoors 2,181.96
Zeta Theta (9) Backpacks of Books 400