The MetroTex Association of REALTORS Charitable trust announced the grant recipients for the 2018 MetroTex Charitable Trust Public Education Grants.
MetroTex received many innovative grant submissions from area public schools, eight grants were awarded with more than $11,000.00 total distributed. MetroTex Association of REALTORS is committed to supporting its members and the communities they serve. To that end the MetroTex Public Education Committee receives and reviews applications for grants from public schools in North Texas and awards several grants up to $3,000 to fund tangible student-driven projects that benefit the entire student body.
The committee awarded more than $11,000 to provide grants to public schools in the MetroTex Service Area. Committee members were divided into four geographically based teams to review the applications and then to present their top two applications to the entire committee for consideration. Read more about the history of MetroTex grants awarded to area schools. (pdf)
The grants MetroTex awards are to schools as diverse as the communities we serve.
Here is a brief overview of the grant awards for 2018.
Clara Oliver Elementary School $1,300
The school grant will be investing in new books with an aim to help students increase their vocabulary, comprehension, and reading skills. Students who are good readers are more likely to graduate high school, enter the military, go to college, or obtain employment. Students that can read become lifelong learners and have a higher self-esteem; students also become better writers as a result of increased reading. They can use the writing styles and vocabulary words that they read in books in their writing.
Beasley Elementary $400.00
This grant will be used to purchase a new camcorder, tripod and microphone to broadcast the school’s morning news show to class home rooms. The student body looks forward to seeing the news show to hear about the days special events, birthdays, behavior recognition, lunch menu and so much more. When the students hear their name being recognized on TV they get so excited. It is motivating for them to get their behavior punch cards filled up to turn in and they look forward to hearing their birthday announced on TV. Furthermore, the students enjoy seeing special visitors (such as our high school football players or cheerleaders) appear on morning announcements to encourage students to read, attend a game, and more.
Having the student leadership team in charge of announcements allows them be creative and take on additional responsibility. Over the years school staff has seen students step out of their comfort zone and step up to be a leader because they had a desire to be on the leadership team announcement crew. For younger students, it motivates them to be a leader and do a good job in all aspects of school so they can apply and be chosen as the future production crew.
For these students to be in charge of the morning announcements requires, collaboration, creativity, responsibility and knowing how to utilize the technology they have to make it the best show that they can.
Hudson Middle School $1,500
This grant will be used to purchase wireless microphones, enabling young middle school children to be able to be heard while speaking and singing. The microphones will allow the theatre and choir programs to be able to use their current practice space instead of having to rent spaces at other campuses.