Southside ISD Education Foundation awarded fifteen thousand dollars to six applicants who competed among 17 requests for grants. The Education Foundation grants committee said it was a difficult decision, but many were impressed with the highest-ranking applications. The competition was fierce this year in that many educators submitted applications that were innovative, inventive, and different. For example, this was the first year the foundation awarded more than three thousand dollars to a teacher to start or enhance an ESports club that integrates every aspect of STEAM. Robotics and FFA BBQ teams also got a significant amount of money to promote their programs. This year the foundation also wanted to make a point to award larger amounts to each winner. Here are the winners of the 2023 Southside ISD Education Foundation Innovation Grants.
Southside High School FFA Drum Smokers – $1500 for a grant to the now nationally ranked HS BBQ Team.
Heritage Elementary – Writing for Success – $2800 grant was written by principal Elise Puente, Claudia Rios Wright, and Terrena Bernal.
Matthey Middle School – $3000 grant for Generation E-Sports Curriculum grant written by Fernando Alvarado.
Matthey Middle School – $3500 grant for Matthey Robotics Grant Written by Justin Buckner.
Southside High School – $3000 grant for Aquatic Science Grant Submitted by Jack Harvey.