GALLERY: Katy ISD Education Foundation hosts 2019 Fireflies & Food Trucks fundraiser

Beckendorff Junior High School counselors Natalie Jones and Alicia Leung received a $5,000 grant from the Katy ISD Education Foundation to build a library to reduce stress and anxiety. They attended the foundation's Fireflies & Food Trucks fundraising event Oct. 17 at No Label Brewing Co.

Beckendorff Junior High School counselors Natalie Jones and Alicia Leung received a $5,000 grant from the Katy ISD Education Foundation to build a library to reduce stress and anxiety. They attended the foundation's Fireflies & Food Trucks fundraising event Oct. 17 at No Label Brewing Co.

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Katy ISD Education Foundation Fireflies & Food Trucks 2019
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Katy ISD Education Foundation Fireflies & Food Trucks 2019
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Katy ISD Education Foundation Fireflies & Food Trucks 2019
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Katy ISD Education Foundation Fireflies & Food Trucks 2019
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Katy ISD Education Foundation Fireflies & Food Trucks 2019
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Katy ISD Education Foundation Fireflies & Food Trucks 2019
The Katy ISD Education Foundation held its annual Fireflies & Food Trucks on Oct. 17 at No Label Brewing Co.

The event raises money for the foundation's Imagination Teacher Grants, which provide financial support for innovative classroom programs, said Janet Theis, KISD's executive director of community partnerships and an administrative liaison board member for the foundation.

About 700 people attended the 2019 Fireflies & Food Trucks event, which is expected to raise $80,000, Theis said. The foundation's fundraising goal is to raise $350,000 for the year.

Several district teachers and staff—including Natalie Jones and Alicia Leung, who had received grants for the 2019-20 school year—attended the event.

Jones and Leung are counselors at Beckendorff Junior High School and received a $5,000 grant to build a library to reduce stress and anxiety. The library includes books, toys, yoga mats and special seating.

Both students and teachers can check out items, and students are working to craft videos that teach mindfulness and how to use the library's materials, Jones and Leung said.

Katy ISD Education Foundation's next community fundraising event will be Groove, an evening gala held annually in the spring.
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By Jen Para

Jen joined Community Impact Newspaper in fall 2018 as the editor of the Katy edition. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Jen has written about business, politics and education. Prior to CI, Jen was the web producer at Houston Business Journal.


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