Nacogdoches ISD Education Foundation launches with aim to bolster education resources

Nacogdoches ISD Education Foundation launches with aim to bolster education resources
Published: Sep. 21, 2022 at 2:21 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 21, 2022 at 10:21 PM CDT
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NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - Nacogdoches ISD’S newly formed education foundation has launched its first campaign to help increase student success by funding different needs of the school district.

An education foundation helps fund different software programs, equipment, and advances in technology and much more that help further educational goals of students. NISD’S education foundation was formed in the spring of last year, but now they are beginning the fundraising process to provide opportunities for excellence in education.

Executive Director of the foundation, Erin Windham, says being a former teacher herself she knows the struggles teachers have to go through to keep learning fresh for students.

“They are having to dip in their own pockets all the time for things, and I know an education foundation can provide them money to do some of those programs and not have to spend their own money,” Windham said.

Windham says they have started their first fundraising campaign as a group for the fall, to award teachers mini-grants.

“We will continue the fundraising cycle into October, we will through that time be accepting some applications for mini grants for teachers and before the fall semester is over, we will be able to take that money straight to the teachers and award them their mini grants. That will be really exciting,” Windham said.

Windham said after the fall semester, they will begin fundraising for the spring, and teachers can apply for larger grants.

President Terrence Reeves said the support of the community is important to education.

“Everyone in the community is basically needed to support our education system and it helps the city of Nacogdoches to grow as a whole,” Reeves said.

The district received a “C” In the overall accountability ratings from the Texas Education Agency.

At the NISD school board meeting last week, board members were shown tremendous growth by each grade in each school across the district compared to last year.

Windham says that the foundation can help add on to the growth.

“What’s given to us, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, that’s important, but that’s a baseline and so being able to add to that with some extra pomp and circumstance and give the kids, make it feel like a celebration, and make it feel like the depth that is happening in the classroom has increased. That’s what matters the most,” Windham said.

For more information about the education foundation click on the Big Red Box on our website.