Select Tomball ISD schools among 19 Texas, California schools receiving grant inspired by 'Young Sheldon' comedy series

Tomball ISD announced Wednesday that five of its schools were awarded a grant from The Chuck Lorre Family Foundation. The grant program—titled The Young Sheldon STEM Initiative—was inspired by the hit comedy series of the same name, according to a news release from The Chuck Lorre Family Foundation.

The grant program offers two-year grants from TCLFF supporting learning in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, according to the Sept. 12 news release. The two-year educational grants total more than $600,000 and are awarded to 19 elementary, middle and high schools in Southern California and East Texas beginning in the 2018-19 school year. Inspired by "Young Sheldon," the grant caters to schools in Southern California where the show is produced and in East Texas where the show is set, according to the news release.

Five of the 19 schools receiving grant funds are in TISD. These include Tomball High School, Tomball Memorial High School, Creekside Park Junior High School, Tomball Junior High School and Willow Wood Junior High School, according to the news release. Additional recipients include schools in Klein ISD and Ore City ISD in Texas and Los Angeles Unified School District and Burbank Unified School District in California.

According to the news release, grant funds can be used for robotics kits, computers, iPads, lab tables, 3D printers, curriculum development, teacher training and other resources. Grant funds also cover the cost for an annual educational trip for students and teachers at each school. Schools are eligible to apply for continuing grants at the end of the two-year period.

Students and teachers at Texas schools receiving grant funds will attend customized educational trips to Space Center Houston, according to the news release.

“To those of us involved in making it, 'Young Sheldon' is more than a television series. At its heart, it’s a story about potential," Executive Producer Chuck Lorre said in a news release. "When the education of a child is supported, there is no limit to what that child might eventually achieve. We hope that in some small way, this program gives these public schools more STEM educational tools in the classroom for teachers to nurture and ignite the curiosity of students who will ultimately become our future leaders and scholars.”

View a video from the cast of "Young Sheldon" congratulating the schools.

TISD, a growing district, enrolls nearly 17,000 students already this school year.

As a district, TISD also received an overall "A" rating from the Texas Education Agency's 2017-18 accountability ratings released Aug. 15. The district is just one of 153 districts in the state to receive the highest rating overall, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported.

See how each campus fared in accountability ratings and results from the 2017-18 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness as well.
By Anna Lotz

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in the Tomball and Magnolia communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.


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