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Thirteen SSISD Educators Awarded Education Foundation Grants

Thirteen educators in the Sulphur Springs Independent School District received grants that will be used to introduce new and innovative hands-on learning experiences for their students. Board members for the newly formed Sulphur Springs ISD Education Foundation traveled from campus to campus Thursday morning to present the education grants to the teachers.

SSISD Superintendent Mike Lamb and SSISD Director of Human Resources and Communication Rusty Harden also joined the foundation board members in surprising the deserving teachers.

Gena Prickette, President of the Education Foundation, explained the application process for the teachers.

Seven grants were presented Thursday. Grant recipients Thursday include:

  • Bowie Learning Habits for field trips and taking care of living organisms they purchase–teachers Kassie Smith, Kati Adair, and Alison Thompson. Grant amount $2,500
  • Travis Hands on Technology for 3 iPads and 6 Osmo interactive learning stations-ELAR, Math–teacher Holly Thompson. Grant amount $2,094
  • Lamar Second Grade The Ticketless Traveler, a study of 7 continents customs, traditions, and literature for all disciplines–teachers Karen Anderson and Kim Gillem. Grant amount $1,317.76
  • Douglas Outdoor Learning Classroom and outdoor classroom for science academy which involves all students–teacher Tim Thomas. Grant amount $2,461.44
  • SSES Out of the Box for 16 stand up desks-ELAR/SS/Math/Science—teachers Laura Smith and James Eilts. Grant amount $2,500
  • Middle School MinecraftEdu for Minecraft computer game to enhance math skills—teacher Lane Doughtie. Grant amount $881
  • Middle School Be a Poetry STARR for Holbrook and Salinger professional development with teachers and students-ELAR—teachers Stephanie Garner, Elizabeth Moss, and Jennifer Roberts. Grand amount $3,375.46

This is the first time the Education Foundation has awarded grant money to local educators. With the success of fundraising efforts this year, the foundation looks to assist more teachers in the future.

For more information and to find out how you can be involved visit the foundation’s website at

Author: Staff Reporter

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