Plano ISD Education Foundation Initiatives - Plano Independent ...

Plano ISD Education Foundation Initiatives - Plano Independent ...

In 2011-2012, the Plano ISD Education Foundation raised over $1,000,000 in private

donations supporting quality education in Plano schools, made possible through an annual

“Ski Plano” gala, Plano ISD employee donations, a parent and community annual fund drive

and gifts from corporations, foundations and individuals.

As a result, nearly $800,000 was gifted to Plano ISD for priority programs that: enhance

student learning; ensure all students are college ready; recruit, retain and recognize the

very best teachers; and support the role of parents and families in students‛ learning. The

foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization governed by a board of 32 business and

community leaders.

Students of Kathy Tripp

at Gulledge Elementary

School celebrated her

winning grant.

Also Sponsored by the

Foundation in 2011-12

Foundation Funds Record $100,000 in Grants to Educators

In November, 2011, Plano ISD Education Foundation board

members, program sponsors, district staff and parent leaders

personally delivered nearly $100,000 in monetary awards, a record

amount, to fund 81 innovative instructional programs. Plano ISD

teachers received surprise visits by district and community leaders

and the announcement of their winning grants in their classrooms

across the school district. Since the Foundation’s inception, more

than $695,000 has been awarded to Plano ISD teachers through the

Grants to Educators program. Funding for the grants program was

generously donated by these sponsors: Park Place Lexus, Plano ISD

Council of PTAs, Huawei, the Andrea-Mennen Foundation, the

Flextronics Foundation, Alliance Data and the Murphy Chamber of


• STEM education improvement


• Student scholarships for

economically disadvantaged

students to attend fifth grade


Plano ISD’s annual teacher of

the year gala, new teacher

dinner and employee


• Emergency grants to Plano ISD

employees experiencing

short-term crisis.

• Funding for Plano ISD pilot

programs that hold promise of

bridging student achievement

gaps and ensuring all students

are college ready.

• Funding for family services and

literacy programs.

Ann Pomykal (center) of the Texas Instruments

Foundation was thanked for her foundation‛s

salutatorian sponsorship at the annual Education

Foundation Donor Recognition event by Plano ISD

Superintendent of Schools Richard Matkin and the

Plano ISD Education Foundation Board of

Directors‛ Dennis Oliver, treasurer, and Rebecca

Egelston Caso, secretary.


Central Market Thrill of the Grill 5K Breaks Records, Supports

Plano ISD Education Foundation

4th Annual Central Market Thrill of the Grill 5k, benefitting the

Plano ISD Education Foundation was a sizzling success with a

record 2,000 runners including school groups and community

members. The walker- and pet-friendly race featured a new 5k

route, bandanas for pets, hot breakfast and live music at the

post-race party and awards ceremony. Haun Elementary School

took home the top participation award.

Employees ‘Touch the Heart of a Child’

Plano ISD employees once again gave generously “from the heart”

during the annual employee giving campaign to benefit students

and teachers through the Plano ISD Education Foundation.

One-hundred percent of schools and departments participated in

the campaign in 2012, with 3,013 employees contributing a total of

$111,396 to the effort. More than half of contributing schools and

departments met or exceeded their goals for the campaign.

Ski Plano 2012 Celebrates Another Successful

Fundraising Year

The Plano ISD Education Foundation is pleased to report that its

fundraising gala, “Ski Plano 2012,” broke records for revenue and

attendance. The Ski Plano Lodge once again overtook Southfork

Ranch in Parker for the sold out event. Over $200,000 was raised

in event proceeds and will benefit the programs of the Foundation

A participant crosses the finish line at the 4th Annual Central

Market Thrill of the Grill 5k.

for the 55,000 students of Plano ISD. More than 800 guests wore their favorite ski sweaters and jeans, danced the night away to

two live bands and browsed the slopes of astonishing auction items. Honorary emcee for the event was Tony Award winner,

Broadway actor and proud Plano Senior High School graduate John Benjamin Hickey.

Ski Plano Emcee John Benjamin Hickey (second from left) is pictured with family

and friends at Ski Plano 2012, where hundreds of school district supporters

enjoyed dinner, dancing and bidding on live and silent auction items.


Texas Instruments

Foundation Innovations in

STEM Teaching Award

winners Julie Baker, Plano

East Senior High School,

and Jennifer Walker, Rice

Middle School, are

pictured with

Superintendent of

Schools Richard Matkin at

the Texas Instruments

awards ceremony.

Plano ISD Educators Capture 2012 Texas Instruments Foundation Innovations

in STEM Teaching Awards

Julie Baker, Plano East Senior High School Advanced Placement Biology teacher,

and Jennifer Walker, Rice Middle School seventh grade math teacher, captured the

2012 Texas Instruments Foundation Innovations in STEM (Science, Technology,

Engineering and Math) Teaching Awards. Julie and Jennifer were among six Plano

ISD teachers honored for superior teaching by the TI Foundation and the Plano ISD

Education Foundation. Each of the two selected 2012 winners will receive $10,000

in awards, including a $5,000 cash award and $5,000 for classroom technology and

professional development opportunities. Supporting the improvement of STEM

education, the Texas Instruments Foundation offered the Plano ISD Education

Foundation and school district the opportunity to recognize outstanding teachers

of secondary STEM courses, making a $100,000 donation over the past five years in

creation of the TI Foundation Innovations in STEM Teaching Awards.

Plano ISD Education Foundation Brings Support to School District Through

Alumni Association

For the third consecutive year, the Plano ISD Education Foundation has worked to

bring together alumni in support of Plano ISD. The foundation uses social media to

reach alumni and provide a forum for interaction. The launch of a Plano ISD Alumni

Facebook page offers an interactive opportunity for Plano ISD alums to

communicate with each other and encourages them to stay engaged with the

school district. The fan site includes regular volunteer opportunities in the district,

reunion updates, sporting event updates, alumni spotlights and more. “Plano ISD

has more than 100 years of graduates who know first hand the value of a Plano ISD

education. It seemed logical to engage alumni as they have potential to be the

district’s biggest cheerleaders and supporters,” said Marshall Jackson, who

co-chairs the alumni committee with Beth Webb. “College and university boosters

make a huge impact on their campuses. They can also help lay an important

educational foundation at the K-12 level.”

Alumni committee

co-chair Marshall

Jackson (center)

is pictured with

Plano ISD‛s Tom

and Linda

Kimbrough at an

alumni tailgating


2011 – 2012

Foundation Board of Directors

Lisa Raskin, President

Mitch Bramlett, President-Elect

Rebecca Egelston Caso, Secretary

Dennis W. Oliver, Treasurer

Sally Bane

Jamie Beringer

Keith D. Braley

Chris Brunner

Jean Callison

Windon Chau

Mary Jo Dean

Samir Deshpande

David Doyle

Harvey Fishero

Robert Fitzgerald

Diane Gerstner

Marshall V. Johnson, DDS, MS, PA

Robin Joseph-Williams

Cathy Larson

Don McClure

Jim McGee

Charles E. Miller

Joa Muns

Octavio Ortiz

Kelly Palmer

Kathy Schell

Kandi Sigona

Ralph Stow

Michael Urtso

Mary Von Ahnen

Kyle Walters

Carlos Sastoque, Executive Director

Richard Matkin,

Superintendent of Schools

Missy Bender,

Representative, Plano ISD Board

of Trustees

Angela Miner,

Representative, PTA Council

Board of Honor

The Late Jim Boswell

Rutledge Haggard

Rebecca Morris

Joan Slater

John Wroten

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