The Friendswood Education Foundation raised $1 million for the first time in its history during the 2022-23 school year, according to a presentation from officials at the district board’s Nov. 13 meeting.

The gist

In the past school year, the foundation received more than 660 grants totaling more than $562,000, according to the presentation. That, in addition to fundraising through a number of record-breaking events, brought in the most money the foundation has raised in a school year.

Officials also established the Kimberly Montz Memorial Grant Fund, which honors the late wife of Friendswood ISD board member David Montz.

Kimberly Montz, who died in June, was also the director emeritus of the foundation, according to the foundation’s website.

What else?

The foundation is also getting involved in the ongoing teacher shortage. They will spend time over the next few months learning the needs of the districts. An idea pitched by officials could be to create new incentives by reimbursing teachers for master’s degree programs or scholarships, according to the presentation.

The foundation is an organization that seeks grants and endowments to help students and teachers find opportunities and enhance their classroom experience, according to their website.

Quote of note

“We’re very thankful for the role we’re able to play in [improving our classrooms],” Friendswood Education Foundation President Molly Crow said at the meeting. “I don’t think this year is going to be any different. We have a lot of work to do and a lot of great things to accomplish.”