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Have you registered for the RISD Education Foundation's 2nd Annual REF Bowling Classic presented by Park Place Motorcars Dallas? Register online at http://bit.ly/REFBowlingReg2018 or contact the Foundation office at 469-698-7094. There are only 9 spots left for team registrations! In addition to bowling there will be a silent auction and 50/50 raffle.
Your $50 donation covers at least two rounds of bowling, shoe rental, food, 1 domestic drink ticket, unlimited soda/tea and an event t-shirt. Non-bowler donation is $25 and includes food, 1 drink ticket and unlimited soda/tea.
Ultimately, your donation enriches the education for RISD students and equips RISD educators with resources that aren't otherwise available. 
We'll see you at Shenaniganz on Friday, April 20th!

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It’s time to bowl! Gather your friends and get ready for the 2nd Annual REF Bowling Classic benefitting the students and teachers in Rockwall ISD on April 20th from 6:00pm-10:00pm at Shenaniganz Z Lounge. Join us for an evening of fun, fellowship and philanthropy as teams compete for the highly coveted “Grand Champion” trophy. Bowlers and guests will enjoy an entertaining tournament, food, silent auction and awards ceremony. Team registration is open and online at http://bit.ly/REFBowlingReg2018 Sponsorship packages are available and silent auction items are being accepted.

This one-of-a-kind event will help sustain existing programs such as the Innovative Teaching Grants as well as provide support for creating new opportunities that will directly impact RISD students. The RISD Education Foundation (REF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that operates separately from the school district and solely depends on private grants, corporate partnerships and community support.

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SPRING 2017 REF GRANT RECIPIENTS

   The Rockwall ISD Education Foundation’s Spring 2017 Innovative Teaching Grant Recipients were recently announced and presented to the RISD Trustees during their April meeting. The REF’s Grants & Awards Committee met in March to review all the submissions and selected five applications to approve for funding.

   The grant “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boys and Girls of Rockwall ISD” was submitted by Jennifer Doss-Virginia Reinhardt Elementary, Rebekah Hawkins-Ouida Springer Elementary and Gayle Kidd and Bridgette King-Dorris Cullins-Lake Pointe Elementary. Funding for this grant totaled $4,065.08 and will reach every elementary campus in the District. Three grants, totaling $1,930.02, were awarded at Billie Stevenson Elementary and all were collectively submitted by Randi Kerby, Janay McDowell and Tonya Raglin. The grants were entitled “Ero-What?”, “It’s a Martin Life” and “Weather Watchers”. An individual grant in the amount of $676.22 was also awarded to Reinhardt’s Jennifer Doss for her “Reinventing the Wheel” submission.

   2017 marks the 13th year of the Education Foundation’s Innovative Teaching Grant program and is the longest standing initiative within the REF. More than $484,000 dollars have funded 298 grants and impacted over 77,000 RISD students. The program recognizes creative, engaging approaches that exceed the core expectation of classroom curriculum.

  The RISD Education Foundation, Inc. was chartered in 2003 and is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. The REF’s mission is to enrich education for RISD students and provide teachers with additional resources that otherwise wouldn’t be available. For more information, visit www.rockwallisdedfoundation.org.

People in Photo:

Front row: Randi Kerby, Janay McDowell

Back row: Kendall Pierce (REF), Shana Young (REF), Kenda Culpepper (REF), Lesli Johnson (REF), Dr. J.J. Villarreal, Bridgette King, Rebekah Hawkins, Gayle Kidd, Jennifer Doss, Whitney Abbott (REF), David Warren (REF)

Not pictured: Tonya Raglin

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RISD EDUCATION FOUNDATION PRESENTS NEW TEACHERS WITH GRANTS

At the beginning of each school year, the Rockwall ISD Education Foundation, Inc. presents each new teacher—new to Rockwall ISD and new to the teaching profession—with a grant of $200.  This year, the Foundation awarded a total of $5,600 to assist this “B.E.S.T.” (Beginning Educators, Successful Teachers) group in defraying the expenses associated with setting up a classroom.  The Education Foundation’s Board of Directors welcomed the 28 new members to the RISD family of educators during the B.E.S.T. training conducted at the RISD Administration Building.  

New teacher grants were presented to Sandra Bautista, Kierstyn Baxter, Alexis Bigham, Jennifer Broze, Callie Catchpole, James Cram, Jennifer Dry, Avery Due, Diana Goellner, Jacey Hodan, Meriem Kabani, Chris Kelley, Katherine Kenney, Stacey Kimmel, Erica Maresh, Caitlin Marquis, Jacob Meyer, Vilma Nieto, Harriet Selle, Brittany Spann, Daryl Stevenson, Julie Valverde, Virginia Waddell, Lauren Webb, Adrien Williams, Don Williams, Lori Williamson and Sharon Withrow.

The RISD Education Foundation, Inc. was chartered in 2003 and is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.  The mission of the Foundation is to generate and distribute funds for the benefit of classroom learning and initiate program areas not otherwise funded by the District.  For more information, visit www.rockwallisd.com/community/education-foundation/.

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Brickyard & Sign.JPG "The Brickyard", Phase I

This Friday night, October 17th, is being designated as Foundation Night at the RHHS football game! The Rockwall ISD Education Foundation is unveiling their latest project, "The Brickyard" to their Heath Hawks fans. The Brickyard is an on-going project located at the entrance of Wilkerson-Sanders Memorial Stadium. To celebrate the completion of Phase I, the first 275 Hawk fans will receive a free pom-pom in the stadium concourse. Personalized engraved bricks and pavers for Phase II can be purchased at the game or by contacting the Foundation office at 469-698-7094. Visit us at www.rockwallisd.com/education-foundation for more information.

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At the beginning of each school year, the Rockwall ISD Education Foundation, Inc. presents each new teacher—new to Rockwall ISD and new to the teaching profession—with a grant of $200. This year the Foundation awarded a total of $2,600 to assist this “B.E.S.T.” (Beginning Educators, Successful Teachers) group in defraying the expenses associated with setting up a classroom. The 2014-2015 B.E.S.T. recipients are Susan Allen, Brittney Canaday, Laine Garrett, Jordan Johnson, Lauren Jonczak, Michelle Jordan, Sydney Krimm, Lisa Laudermilk, Karl Lundin, Katie Morrow, Lauren Patterson, Laura Shine and Emilie Thomas. Ashlei Neill, Executive Director of the Education Foundation, welcomed the 13 new members to the RISD family of educators during the B.E.S.T. training conducted at the RISD Administration Building. 

The RISD Education Foundation, Inc. was chartered in 2003 and is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. The mission of the Foundation is to generate and distribute funds for the benefit of classroom learning and initiate program areas not otherwise funded by the District.  For more information, visit www.rockwallisd.com/education-foundation or call 469.698.7094.