Jarrell Education Foundation Grant Awards

Jarrell Education Foundation Awards First-ever Classroom Grants
Posted on 06/07/2021
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The Jarrell Education Foundation announced the grant recipients for its inaugural Awards Day. In total, the Foundation awarded 12 grants, totaling $19,493, to 18 winners on May 28 at the district’s end-of-year celebration. 

"The mission of the Jarrell Education Foundation is to enhance student learning through innovative opportunities that promote academic excellence,” Board Chair Tammi Cooper said. “On behalf of our Board, we are thrilled to announce our first-ever classroom grant winners."

  • Flexible Seating – $350.00, Karen Massar, Jarrell Middle School
    This grant will provide flexible seating and create unique reading spaces in classroom settings.
  • Dyslexia Fluency Program – $459.40, Dina Mellor, Jarrell Middle School.
    This program addresses online curriculum with reading fluency strategies specific for students with dyslexia.
  • Sensory Smart Space to Learn – $589.64, Carrie Klepac, Occupational Therapist, Igo Elementary and Jarrell Elementary.
    This project provides fun and educational outlets for self-regulation and skill-development in a special education setting. 
  • Choir Microphones – $800.00, Ashton Jung, Jarrell Middle School
    This project will fund condenser microphones for choir performances, enhancing the experience for choir students and audience members.
  • Pre-K Class Traveling Reading Buddy and Its Journey to Literacy – $ 929.00, Aubrey Custodio, Jarrell Elementary
    This grant will fund a project that promotes literacy and fluency at home to raise ready readers.
  • Music Notation Software – $1050.00, Ashton Jung and Stephen Grant, Jarrell Middle School
    These funds will provide software that will allow music instructors to create improved lesson illustrations, exercises, and rehearsal aides.
  • Don’t Think Inside the Box - $1,899.99, Wes McCarley, Jarrell High School
    This grant will provide additional support for gun safety instruction as part of the Jarrell ISD wildlife, fisheries and ecology management courses.
  • Creating Leaders – A Cut Above the Rest $2,374.01, Kaila Coolidge, Carissa Adkins, and Angela Dismukes, Jarrell High School
    This grant will fund Cricuts and supplies for students in the Family and Consumer Science classes.
  • New Picnic Area – $2,500, Mahaley Walker, Jarrell Elementary
    This project will add additional outdoor seating in the Jarrell Elementary garden area, allowing for more outdoor activities including classes, lunches and community building time.
  • Efficiency Apartment for FAC Students – $2,541.00, Mary Ellen Burton and Yanelis Mora, Jarrell High School
    This grant will help create a furnished apartment-like environment for students to learn independent living skills.
  • An Amazing Day with Author Chris Barton - $3,000, Bridget Jarrett and Jennifer Nachtwey, Igo Elementary and Jarrell Elementary
    This grant will pay to bring the award-winning author to Jarrell ISD for assemblies with 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classes.
  • Pathways to Success - $3,000, Kadie Tibbetts and Jocelyn Zajicek, Igo Elementary
    This unique project will provide students at Igo Elementary with appropriate outlets to self-regulate their emotions and sensory needs.

"What makes our first Awards Day even more fun, is celebrating these individuals as a united community, in front of the entire district, at the Jarrell ISD end-of-year event for staff," Cooper said.

Winners were called onto stage in the Jarrell High School auditorium amid cheers and applause from the entire Jarrell ISD staff and presented with oversized checks, certificates, flowers (from Awesome Blossoms Florists), cookies (provided by local baker Liz Sanchez) and other goodies.


In total, the Jarrell Education Foundation awarded grants to four elementary school programs, three middle school programs, two high school programs and three special needs programs. In this awards cycle, 90 total staff members and 2,900 total students are being served.

"These grants are possible because of the generosity of our donors and represent many months of hard work on behalf of the Foundation's Board and volunteers. Thank you all for making this possible for our teachers," Cooper said.


About the Jarrell Education Foundation

The Jarrell Education Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Established in 2019, our mission is to enhance student learning through innovative opportunities that promote academic excellence. The foundation is governed by a volunteer board of directors representing a cross-section of citizens who are dedicated to education and share a vision for excellence in our schools. The board is deeply committed to partnering with parents, teachers and the community to support and enhance the education of all students in the Jarrell Independent School District. The foundation is a separate legal entity and is governed by state and federal law separate from the school district.


The Jarrell Education Foundation Board members: Tammi Cooper, Board President; Sarah McLellan, Secretary; Gary Preston, Treasurer; Jennilea Chase; Rhea Hernandez; Scott Mangum; Camy Reynolds
Magda Rogers; Lyndsi Sandoval; and Amy Schwertner.


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