The Plano ISD Education Foundation surprised 102 district teachers Nov. 5 with $125,000 in grants to help enhance instruction in schools and classrooms.

Spread across 52 district schools, teachers at all grade levels received grants funded by the education foundation and business sponsors for proposed field trips, libraries, special education and more.

“This truly is a fantastic day because we love seeing our teachers’ exuberance and appreciation as we present them with these grants that really symbolize that we believe in them and in the work that they are doing for our Plano ISD students,” said Jamee Jolly, PISD Education Foundation senior executive director, in a statement.

The largest grant was for $3,000 awarded to Nancy Shaw at Jackson Elementary School. The money will pay for books for Title I students at 19 PISD elementary schools. The smallest grant was for $220 awarded to Carla McCraw at Brinker Elementary School to purchase miniature objects for special education students in the Verbal-Behavioral Milestone and Placement Program.

To be chosen for the grants, district teachers submitted applications to the education foundation with details on their projects and how they would support PISD’s strategic plan. The applications were scored using a rubric that took into account expected outcomes and how the grants funds would be spent, according to a district news release.

Additional information about the PISD Education Foundation is available here.