Dripping Springs ISD students earn grants for leadership projects

A photo of a student, Kaylin Whitaker, holding up a check behind a yard sign that reads "SLG Winner."
Dripping Springs Education Foundation grant winner Kaylin Whitaker will use her award to bring therapy dogs to Dripping Springs High School during finals week. (Courtesy Dripping Springs ISD)

Dripping Springs Education Foundation grant winner Kaylin Whitaker will use her award to bring therapy dogs to Dripping Springs High School during finals week. (Courtesy Dripping Springs ISD)

The Dripping Springs Education Foundation recently awarded three grants to student leaders with plans to create projects that will serve their schools and community. The three grant winners are Dripping Springs High School students Karsten Bobb and Kaylin Whitaker, and the Sycamore Springs Middle School Peer Assistance Leadership and Service program, or PALS.

Bobb was awarded $2,030 for her project to furnish a "relaxation room" at DSHS. According to Bobb, the room will be a "safe space" for student's to "release their stress, develop strategies to manage their anxiety in the future and identify solutions to the problems that are causing them to feel overwhelmed."

Whitaker will use her $667 grant to bring therapy dogs to DSHS during final exam weeks to help relieve student stress.

"This allows for students to have the opportunity to take a deep breath and calm themselves before their tests," Whitaker said in her grant application.

Finally, SSMS PALS will use $1,667 to make improvements to their program, including increasing training, purchasing new supplies and expanding mentor relationships with district elementary schools.


"Not only does it allow our students to help build their self-confidence, self-esteem and self-awareness at the middle school level, it also helps build these skills in elementary-aged students," PALS faculty sponsor Kira Dyer said of the program's mentorship activities in the grant application.
By Olivia Aldridge
Olivia is the reporter for Community Impact's Central Austin edition. A graduate of Presbyterian College in upstate South Carolina, Olivia was a reporter and producer at South Carolina Public Radio before joining Community Impact in Austin.


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