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Roger Elswick (right) of Community Toyota*Honda*KIA is truly an All Star as he presents a donation of $10,000 to ErikaFoster, GCCISD Education Foundation director, for the foundation’s All-Star Gala at Minute Maid Park September 14, 2019. Elswick will be recognized at the event as the foundation’s first Legacy Award honoree for his contributions of time and donations to help teachers and administrators enhance learning for their students. Elswick helped establish the Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation in 2009, serving as its first president.
Covestro Industrial Park Baytown is recognized as an MVP Sponsor of the Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation’s All-Star Gala 2019 to be held at Minute Maid Park September 14, 2019. Presenting the company’s $15,000 donation to ErikaFoster(left), GCCISD Education Foundation director, are Demetri Zervoudis (middle), senior vice president and site manager of Covestro Industrial Park Baytown, and Jennifer Walsh (right), head of communications at Covestro. Walsh serves also as vice president of development for the Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation and chair of the All-Star Gala.
Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman
By: Susan Passmore
The Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation is proud to announce that Community Resource Credit Union (CRCU), longtime partner with Goose Creek CISD, is a top MVP Sponsor for the All-Star Gala September 14, 2019, at Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros.
CRCU has supported the Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation since its inception in 2009, not only as a donor, but also as a participant in fundraisers and events. David Frazier, president/CEO of CRCU and currently vice president of finance for the Education Foundation, was on the steering committee for the Foundation as well as the original board of directors, serving as vice president of development. He also served as Education Foundation president for two years, and sponsorships continued to grow under his leadership.
“CRCU is proud to support the GCCISD Education Foundation because of the impact these innovative teaching grants make on the campus, on the classroom, but most importantly, to the students,” Frazier said. “Our teachers generously give of their time, resources, and energy each and every day. The Education Foundation gives CRCU the opportunity to give right back to them!”
Besides supporting the GCCISD Education Foundation, CRCU provides planners for all GCCISD faculty and staff members, along with door prizes for events, including iPads for the annual back-to-school convocations and new teacher orientation week.
One of the highlights of the annual Retiree and Teacher of the Year Gala is CRCU’s presentation of an iPad to the District Elementary Teacher of the Year and the District Secondary Teacher of the Year. CRCU and Lamar Elementary just celebrated 25 years as Partners In Education through the Baytown Chamber of Commerce.
“We are so excited that Community Resource Credit Union has committed as an MVP sponsor for our All-Star Gala! We appreciate the support that CRCU provides for our school district and for the Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation. All that we do for our teachers and students would not be possible without generous donors such as CRCU,” said Erika Foster, Education Foundation director.
Since 2009, the GCCISD Education Foundation has awarded 627 innovative teaching grants, totaling $1,188,756, including 10 mini grants and designated funds, to teachers throughout the district to enhance the curriculum for their students. This year, the Grant Surprise Patrol boarded buses and gave out $158,965.37 in grants.
Fulfilling the goal of recognizing teaching excellence, the Foundation has honored 150 deserving teachers, nominated by seniors as having made a difference in their lives, at the annual Students Choice Awards Banquet.
Sponsorships are still available for the All-Star Gala, but they will go quickly when the Astros Legend, who will make a guest appearance at the event, is announced. Select from MVP, All-Star, Home Run, Gold Glove and Champ sponsorships, which include tickets for the Gala. Individual tickets are $800 for a field ticket and $200 for a Diamond Club ticket ($50 discount for GCCISD employees).
Supporters who are unable to attend can donate their seats to a deserving teacher to be gifted in the donor’s name, or they can donate back the cost of the unused seats to receive an upgraded ad size (to the next sponsor level).
The All-Star Gala at Minute Maid Park is the Can’t Miss Event of the Year, with dinner, celebrity emcees, door prizes, silent auction items, field access, photo opportunities and more. Contact Erika Foster at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 832-597-9106 to reserve your sponsorship or your tickets. Check out the website at www.gccisd.net/EducationFoundation for more information.
The Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation is taking nominations to honor businesses and individuals for their outstanding achievements and contributions to community service and improving education.
The three new awards each have a unique recognition behind them. The Education Legacy Award is a lifetime achievement designation to an individual or business that has made a profound and long-term impact on the district. The Distinguished Alumnus Award honors graduates of the district who have achieved success professionally or through philanthropy, while the Business of the Year Award recognizes a company that provides exemplary products or service to the district and goes above and beyond in their support.
“We have so many incredible people and places in our community that truly improve the lives of our youth through their charitable works – whether it’s through financial support or volunteerism sweat equity,” said Jennifer Walsh, the foundation’s vice president of development. “We want to recognize our education all stars and what better match to do it than at our All-Star Gala?”
Nominations must be entered electronically at www.bit.ly/GCCISDEdAwards by March 31 at 5 p.m. Self-nominations are accepted, but current foundation board members are ineligible for individual recognition.
The three finalists of each award will be honored at the foundation’s All-Star Gala September 14 at Minute Maid Park from 6 to 11 p.m. which will feature a surprise Astros Legend Alumni in attendance along with other celebrity guests. Tickets and sponsorships are now available with all proceeds benefitting the foundation in its mission to support educators and innovation at Goose Creek CISD.
Nominations for the award must include basic contact information for the nominee as well as answering a few short questions about the nominee. Each award has slightly different judging criteria.
The Legacy Award recognizes significant contributions of time or donations to help enhance the learning environment for students, educators and administrators. It can also be given to an individual or company for implementing strategic initiatives focused on improving educational outcomes for students. Eligible initiatives could focus on a number of topics, including Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), early education, K-12, teacher training, access to technology and resources or continuing education among others. The initiative must show a commitment to improving student achievement and demonstrate measurable results.
Nominees for the Goose Creek CISD Distinguished Alumnus Award must be district graduates or individuals who attended school within the district for at least four years. This award will be given to a former student who has achieved prominence and made a significant impact on the lives of others. Nominees will be evaluated based on professional ranking and impact within their industry, achievements locally, nationally or internationally and contributions to their community.
“We have so many amazing graduates of this district that we wanted to share their achievements and spark pride in students, staff, faculty and other alumni,” Walsh said.
While the Business of the Year Award will recognize a company that provides exemplary products or service to the district, the businesses nominated also should support the district vision to empower every student with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in a global community. Any company that has done business with the district over the past three years as a supplier, vendor or service provider is eligible.
The Goose Creek Education Foundation’s core mission is to enhance education for the district, which has many Title I schools with economically disadvantaged students. Goose Creek CISD is the 57th largest school district in Texas, encompasses 128 square miles and over two counties. The district serves more than 23,000 students at its 28 campuses, and employs nearly 3,000.
Since its inception in 2009, the Education Foundation has awarded more than $1 Million in innovative teaching grants and designated funds for projects to Goose Creek CISD educators and recognized 135 teachers, nominated by their students for making a difference in their lives, at the annual Students Choice Awards.
The community is encouraged to join the Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation in honoring outstanding businesses and individuals by nominating them for these awards and supporting the All-Star Gala. For more information, contact Foundation Director Erika Foster at email@example.com or 832-597-9106. Individuals can also follow the foundation on Facebook or Twitter or through its webpage at www.gccisd.net/EducationFoundation.
Please click here for the Grant Application. Be sure to look at the guidelines to determine eligibility.
The grants are due no later than February 15, 2019.
Please contact Erika Foster (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
Photo by Mima Trujillo
Students from Goose Creek Memorial High School (bottom, from left) Emily Wilson, Faith King and Valerie Peña, honor their teachers (top, from left) Patricia Cheshire, Linda LeDay and Deborah Turner at the recent Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation’s Students Choice Awards.
IMPACT Early College High School students (bottom, from left) Paulina Valencia, Amanda Thomas and Chelsea Rivera enjoy the annual Students Choice Awards with their teachers (top, from left) Eva Bradford, Pam Bradford, Mike Perez and Sam Spears. Not pictured is IMPACT student Alejandra Quintanilla.
Robert E. Lee High School students (bottom, from left) Mariel Perez, John William, Carlos Morales and Ruben Torres nominated their teachers (top, from left) Tavia Gamboa, Sergeant Major Scott Helms (Ret.), Canji Rhodes and Patricia Weakley for the Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation’s Students Choice Awards.
Students from Ross S. Sterling High School (bottom, from left) Yatzari Gaeta, Montrell Jeffery and Angel Rodriguez pose with their teachers (top, from left) Scott Johnson, Beth Woods, Ian Sobczak and Francis Roberson. Not pictured is Kaitlyn Gustafson.
Education Foundation Recognizes Students Choice Winners
By: Susan Passmore
Almost everyone remembers special teachers who made a difference in their lives. For the ninth year, the Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation gave 15 seniors an opportunity to honor their favorite teachers at the Students Choice Awards Banquet at Royal Purple Raceway’s Woodforest Bank Tower Club.
Seniors from all four high schools were asked to write a letter about a teacher who made a difference. A committee reviewed more than 600 letters and selected 15 for the Students Choice Awards. Event sponsors were Aramark; Awards and Engraving; Beehive Florist; Comex Corporation; Hutchinson, Shockey, Erley & Co. and Royal Purple Raceway Park. The meal was donated by Texas Roadhouse. The Goose Creek Memorial High School Orchestra, under the direction of Reuben Chance, provided music.
Erika Foster, Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation director, introduced Laurie Terry, Foundation president, who welcomed guests. Michelle Bitterly led the pledge and the invocation was given by Gilbert Santana. After dinner, Ronnie Hotchkiss, president-elect, spoke to the guests, followed by some information about the Foundation presented by Randal O’Brien, Goose Creek CISD superintendent. A video of the students and teachers by Carrie Pryor-Newman, Foster and the Communications Department was shown, and students and teachers were recognized. Teachers received a plaque, donated by Awards & Engraving and a gift card, and students received a gift card.
Teachers and students recognized were Emily Wilson from Goose Creek Memorial High School and her teacher Patricia Cheshire from GCM; Faith King from GCM and her teacher Linda LeDay from Bañuelos Elementary; Valerie Peña and her teacher Deborah Turner from GCM; Paulina Valencia from IMPACT Early College and her teacher Eva Bradford from Highlands Junior; Amanda Thomas from IMPACT and her teacher Pam Bradford from Carver Elementary; Chelsea Rivera from IMPACT and her teacher Mike Perez from Highlands Elementary and Alejandra Quintanilla from IMPACT and her teacher Sam Spears from Horace Mann Junior.
The second group of teachers and students recognized were Mariel Perez from Robert E. Lee High School and her teacher Tavia Robertson Gamboa from Baytown Junior; John William from REL and his teacher Sergeant Major Scott Helms (Ret.) from REL; Carlos Morales from REL and his teacher Canji Rhodes from REL; Ruben Torres from REL and his teacher Patricia Weakley from REL; Yatzari Gaeta from Ross S. Sterling High School and her teacher Scott Johnson from RSS; Kaitlyn Gustafson from RSS and her teacher Francis Roberson from RSS; Angel Rodriguez from RSS and her teacher Ian Sobczak from Stuart Career Center and Montrell Jeffery and his teacher Beth Woods from RSS.
Excerpts from students’ letters were compiled in a commemorative program.
“I want to be an elementary school teacher one day and hope that I can be the kind of teacher she is,” Amanda Thomas said of Pam Bradford, her former elementary teacher from Carver. “Mrs. Bradford taught me to love learning, which I want to pass on to not only my children someday, but every student that walks through my future classroom.”
Alejandra Quintanilla from IMPACT Early College High School nominated Sam Spears, her former science teacher at Horace Mann Junior School.
“He taught me many valuable life lessons that still stick with me today and for that, I am very grateful. He always knew what to say and how to say it to make me feel better,” Alejandra said.
The Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation supports educational excellence to enhance student achievement, to recognize exemplary staff involvement and to foster community support. Established in 2009, the Foundation has awarded more than $971,700 for innovative teaching grants to Goose Creek CISD teachers to enrich the curriculum. Along with designated funds, the Foundation has donated more than $1 million to the benefit of Goose Creek CISD over the past nine years.
To contribute to the Foundation, contact Erika Foster, Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation director at P. O. Box 8081, Baytown, TX 77522, or call 281-707-3610 or check out the website at http://www.gccisd.net/page.EducationFoundation.
Photo by Susan Passmore
Steve Barron from Stuart Career Center shows his excitement at being awarded $2,100 from the Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation for his grant, “Diagnoses With Thermal Imager.” He is surrounded by members of the Foundation along with Cap Roder, SCTHS principal.
View Surprise Patrol (Day 1) photos here.
View Surprise Patrol (Day 2) photos here.
Anjali Singh, who teaches Engineer Your World in the Robert E. Lee High School STEM Academy, celebrates with students in her class, Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation members and district administrators after the Foundation funds her grant, “Engineer Your World,” with a check for $1,000.
Jim Wadzinski (left), vice president of development of the Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation, helps the Grant Surprise Patrol present Janie West, librarian at Baytown Junior School, with a check for $1,827.99 for “Changing Dreams into Reality; Virtually.”
The Foundation recently awarded more than $141,700 in innovative teaching grants to Goose Creek CISD teachers.
Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman
Judy Jirrels (third row, third from left) and her students at Alamo Elementary show their enthusiasm as she receives a grant for $728 for “Guided and Independent Reading” from the Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation.
Photo by Betty Baca
Harlem Elementary teachers, encouraged by their principal Betty Baca, got creative in applying for grants from the Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation and were awarded six grants, totaling $10,000. Pictured are (bottom row, left to right) Alexa Arndt, Gabiola Avena, (top row, left to right) Shelena Hickman, Angelica Cuevas, Kerri Scheu, Stephanie Stover, Bekki Bishop and Daisy Alcazar.
Gosh Tournament Benefits GCCISD Education Foundation
By: Susan Passmore
The course was in good shape and the fish were biting at the Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation’s recent inaugural Gosh Tournament, presented by Hotchkiss Disposal at Kingwood Country Club. Gosh, a combination of fishing and playing golf consisted of three team members playing golf and one fishing on the 15 fishable holes along the course. Fish caught on a hole were subtracted from the golf score for a Gosh score.
Hotchkiss Disposal served as the Diamond sponsor, with Patients ER and Rotary Club of Baytown as Platinum sponsors. Community Toyota*Honda*Kia, R & D Farms and H & H Tractor and Lawn Supply were Gold sponsors. Silver sponsors were Chevron Phillips Chemical Co., LP; Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union; Key Truck Sales, Inc.; McGriff, Seibels & Williams; BDI Resources; Pfluger Architects; Awards and Engraving; Community Bank of Texas and ExxonMobil. Community Resource Credit Union sponsored the beverage cart, and Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital sponsored the golf carts. Twenty-one tee box sponsors contributed, and Chick-fil-A served cookies as a tent sponsor. The fundraising efforts totaled more than $44,000 for the Education Foundation.
Twenty-four teams participated, and volunteers from the Education Foundation as well as the school district and community set up silent auction items, registered the teams, shuttled fishermen to the ponds, monitored the holes and measured the fish, making sure no one got credit for “the one that got away.” Lunch was served before the event and snacks were provided before the awards ceremony.
First place for their Gosh score as well as first for their golf score was awarded to Tim McKensie, Jarrod Brooks, Eddie Bonilla and Kevin Keltz from Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union. Second place for Gosh went to Community*Toyota*KIA’s team of Stuart Lloyd, John Sparks and Jim Wadzinski. Second place for golf went to the team of Brandon Sweeney, Rick Winship, Tim Mock and Justin Graves.
Third place for both Gosh and golf went to Patients ER Team #1, comprised of Adam Carroll, Gilbert Mena, Stephen Owens and Adam Shibley. Biggest Fish was awarded to Jerry Vige from Patients ER Team #2, and the Most Fish award went to Community Toyota*Honda*KIA’s team of Lloyd, Sparks and Wadzinski. Stuart Spears won Longest Drive and Keltz was Closest to the Pin. Winners received plaques donated by Awards and Engraving, and first place winners received fishing poles, donated by Ryan Foster.
“Special thanks to all our sponsors, golfers and volunteers. We could not have done it without you. With your support, I hope to make this an annual event that will bring the community together and raise funds for the Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation so that we are able to give back to the teachers and students of Goose Creek CISD. Your participation means so much,” said Erika Foster, Education Foundation director.
The Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation supports educational excellence to enhance student achievement, to recognize exemplary staff involvement and to foster community support. Since its inception in 2009, the Education Foundation has awarded $830,000 in innovative teaching grants to Goose Creek CISD educators and recognized 120 teachers, nominated by their students for making a difference in their lives, at the annual Students Choice Awards.
To donate to the Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation, please visit the website at www.gccisd.net/page/EducationFoundation.contribute or contact Erika Foster at email@example.com or 281-707-3610.
Getting reading for the inaugural Gosh Tournament, presented by Hotchkiss Disposal Service and benefitting the Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation, are (from left) Sammy Hotchkiss; Erika Foster, director of the Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation; Randal O’Brien, Goose Creek CISD superintendent; Jim Wadzinski, Foundation vice president of development; Daphna Hotchkiss; Tracey Prothro, Foundation vice president of programs; Steve Daniele, Foundation member; Ryan Hotchkiss and Ronnie Hotchkiss, Foundation member-at-large and president-elect. “Gosh” is a combination of golf and fishing.
Gosh Tournament Benefits GCCISD Education Foundation
By Susan Passmore
Gracie Cano (third from left) and Genoveva Cardenas (fourth from left), employees at Ross S. Sterling High School, prepare to take the mattresses, donated by Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. through the Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation, home for their children. Also pictured are (from left) Jon Howerton from Mattress Firm; Sandra Bell, Education Foundation member; Ginger McKay, director of federal programs for GCCISD; Erika Foster, Education Foundation director; Ryan Foster from Envasco; Mike Salgy, Chevron Phillips training coordinator, and Rafael Cantu, GCCISD Warehouse supervisor.
Chevron Phillips Donates to Provide Mattresses
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