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Navasota teachers earn grants

Navasota teachers earn grants

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The Navasota Independent School District Education Foundation this week awarded more than $18,000 in teaching grants for five projects at local schools.

"We fund programs and activities that promote learning through unique methods. We want every student to work at their highest potential," said Stacey Ross, a member of the education foundation board of directors. "Our school doesn't have the extra money for these programs."

The nonprofit foundation has given nearly $100,000 to Navasota schools since its inception three years ago. The organization collects money throughout the year from individuals, local businesses and school vendors and contractors to provide programs for students that the district budget doesn't include.

Recipients of the most recent Navasota Education Foundation grants are:

&8226;"Literacy - Exploring the World of Books," grades 2-3, John C. Webb Elementary, teachers: Kelli Lara, Rosemary Upcheshaw, Stacey Porter and Sarah Graham. $4,957.96.

&8226;"Project RACE (Reading Acceleration to help Children Excel)," John C. Webb Elementary, teachers: Kelli Lara, Marcy Countryman, Jennifer McKinney and Jane Krause. $4,041.72.

&8226;"Physical Education and Girls' Athletics," Navasota Junior High School, teachers: Stephanie Maxson, Wayne Ganske, Patrick Goodman, Lina Heathcott, Bill Heathcott and Glenda Luedeker. $3,096.

&8226;"The Sound System of Music," Navasota High School, teachers: Sharon Coffey, Paul Bramlett and Pam Rushing. $4,667.70.

&8226;"Community Based Vocational Instruction," Navasota High School, teachers: Dorothy Arrington, Tammy Cooke, Vida Slaton-Reichstein and Terri Brent. $1,335.12.

The foundation is holding a fund-raiser through Jan. 30. People can purchase a paver brick for $50 and have up to two lines on the brick specially engraved. Those who purchase the bricks can choose to have them placed at one of the district's two new elementary schools or at the new high school athletic stadium.

Donations can be mailed to NISD Education Foundation, P.O. Box 511, Navasota, Texas 77868.

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