CPAs Helping Schools grants more than $12,400 to CFISD schools

October 17, 2019

CPAs Helping Schools grants more than $13,700 to CFISD schools

David Garza (second from left), Houston CPA Society’s CPAs Helping Schools committee chair, presented a check worth $12,419 in grant money to CFISD representatives on Oct. 2 for seven elementary schools and one special program facility during the Spring 2019 cycle. Joining Garza (left to right) is Dr. Ashley Clayburn, assistant superintendent for district improvement and accountability; Lucina Orr, CFISD grant writer; and Kathie Sanders, director of federal programs and grants.

Oct. 17, 2019—The Houston CPA Society awarded $12,419 in grant funds to eight CFISD schools as part of the CPAs Helping Schools program, culminating the spring 2019 cycle with the projects to be implemented during the 2019-2020 school year.

The primary focus of the CPAs Helping Schools program is to provide improved educational opportunities for all students, especially at-risk students or those in need of special programs to enable quality learning environments. Since 2002, the program has awarded more than $550,000 to more than 200 schools in the 13-county area it serves, with financial support helping establish and continue initiatives for math and technology, library programs, science materials, fine arts programs and health awareness.

The society’s member services coordinator Carol Spencer, coordinates the application process. The following school earned funds for grants:

Ault Elementary SchoolRise Up Singing! will provide more songs and possibly instruments to help students learn different aspects of music from across the world.

“It’s a phenomenal opportunity for the kids,” said Nathan Hinton, Ault music teacher. “They can continue to learn about different music and instruments around the world.”

Ault Elementary SchoolTools of the Trade: Math Manipulatives You Can Count On allows students to visualize mathematical concepts and build number sense.

“Ault teachers are so thankful to have access to more math manipulatives and are excited to use them with their students to visualize mathematics and provide hands-on learning experiences,” said Julie Barrett, Ault math and science instructional specialist.

Carpenter CenterSeating Up for Success will provide flexible seating for middle school students and allow them to engage in the movement they need.

“This grant was so necessary for my students, because being able to have more options in a non-traditional classroom is empowering for students with behavior struggles,” said Kamara Mathis, Carpenter Center teacher. “I am so very grateful that my vision for a welcoming and innovative classroom environment will be closer to fruition with the grant money. Thank you so much to CPAs Helping Schools for making a huge difference to learning for the extraordinary students at the Carpenter Center.”

Duryea Elementary SchoolAccessible-High Interest Nonfiction Text will provide nonfiction books and eBooks for students to enjoy no matter their age or reading level.

“Many nonfiction books are written at a higher reading level,” said Lisa Roesler, Duryea librarian. “The students particularly like the eBook option that allows them to listen to the book as it is being read to them. We are very thankful that the Houston CPA organization chose to support our students and staff.”

Hoover Elementary SchoolReady! Set! Read! will enrich the school’s Take Home Reader program by providing at-risk students with books and activities throughout the school year.

“As teachers, we know if we can instill a love for reading at a young age, our students will be more likely to continue to read throughout their lives and become lifelong learners as they go from learning to read to reading to learn,” said Melissa Mueller and Lindsay Rust, Hoover first grade teachers. “Being awarded the funds to implement Ready! Set! Read! at Hoover is exciting and we are thankful for the Houston CPA Society’s support of our program.”

Jowell Elementary SchoolReading Makes the Difference will update the literacy library and match students with more diverse and high-interest books.

“We are thrilled to have been chosen to receive this grant from the Houston CPA Society,” said Mary Ellis, Jowell fourth grade reading teacher. “A lot of our students do not have books of their own at home, so it is very exciting for them to have this opportunity to read high-interest and diverse literature in which they can see themselves.”

Matzke Elementary SchoolMatzke Genius Hour will provide a camera, external microphone and green screen kit for an initiative to showcase topics and groups to the school community.

“The Matzke Wildcats are very thankful to receive these grant funds as we make progress towards our campus goal of empowering our students in voice and choice,” Matzke Principal Cathy Jacobs said. “These funds will be utilized for students to be creative and to share our school’s story with the community and the world.”

Post Elementary SchoolReading Extravaganza will provide an end-of-program celebration for participants in the Accelerated Reader, where students are challenged to raise their reading levels.

“Receiving this grant provides wonderful incentives for our hard-working students here at Post Elementary,” said Tanya Johnson, Post librarian. “Implementing this reading program is quite expensive and having some of the costs paid for by the CPA Grant will help us tremendously. Thank you so much for giving us this grant, and for supporting reading for the students at Post Elementary.”

Walker Elementary SchoolBooks and Beyond will provide non-fiction media enhanced books, which connects written information with an audio-visual component through a safe website on the internet.

“I was so thrilled to be selected for this grant opportunity,” said Sally Low, Walker media specialist. “I know the students at Walker will enjoy the interactive piece to these books and give them an avenue to a way of learning with which they are more familiar.  Teachers and students will have fun learning in a new way.”

Visit the Houston CPA Society website for more information on the CPAs Helping School program. CFISD staff interested in applying for funding should contact the district’s grant, Lucinda Orr, to ensure the pre-approval procedures are completed.


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