Today, school districts like Prosper ISD are growing, innovating, balancing all levels of student potentials and needs, feeding students 2 of their 3 meals a day, transporting them, providing health screenings, managing social and emotional needs and more. The list literally goes on and on.
Meanwhile, school funding has never been more complex or uncertain as State Boards make funding redirection decisions that affect our district in ways that can seem unfair. The community of Prosper demands a top education for their children and expects the best. Making funds available to school districts where needed can make that happen. That’s where the Education Foundation comes in.
The Prosper Education Foundations exists to support and encourage educational excellence, achievement and innovation within Prosper ISD. PEF is here to ensure the education of our students is more than just the status quo, but of the highest level of excellence there is to offer. Or, in the words of Dr. Watkins, Superintendent of Prosper ISD, “A private school education in a public school setting.”
Your support of PEF impacts the lives of our students and teachers!
Where do PEF Funds Go?
Education can only be as good as your teachers. Resourcing, equipping, engaging and encouraging our teachers directly impacts the quality of education our students receive. It is key to what PEF works to do each year
PEF donated funds to ensure this event is inspiring as teacher both new and returning focus on the year ahead. Appreciation, insight, energy and motivation are the words of the day as PISD staff prepare for a new school year.
Needed to fund the program - $60,000
New Teacher Resourcing and Support
PEF gave $100 office gift cards to new to PISD teachers before the start of the year to provide resources they need. Additionally, PEF provides $200 to each teacher who mentors a first-time teacher through the year. This involves hours of follow-up and help on the part of the senior teacher, but allows us to give back to them for pouring into our newest teachers.
Needed to fund the program - $30,000
PEF awarded over $27,000 in Teacher Grant funds this year to 34 teachers. We surprised teachers in their classrooms with the awards and got the funds invested into classrooms by October 15th so the full impact of those funds were working for the year. Despite ending the year with eLearning, teachers were able to get plenty of great use from their grant funds. These teachers have been sharing with us the impact these funds had in their classrooms as final reports have been coming in. From typing clubs, life skills projects, medical training equipment, musical workshops, reading supports, social media concerns for teens curriculum, social and emotional learning tools and equipment for school clubs, these grants impacted thousands of Prosper ISD students at almost every campus! Check out some of those final projects here to see your dollars at work.
Needed to fund the 2020-2021 Program - $45,000
Teacher Awards and Recognition
Each month, PEF honors one teacher at each campus for exceptional work and dedication to learning. Teachers are surprised by this award in their classrooms and are given a gift basket with personal recognition items and a $100 office supply gift card for school supplies. For the year, 121 teacher and staff were recognized for outstanding achievement.
Star Polisher Program – Needed to fund the program - $18,000
Your support also allows us to recognize District Teachers of the Year. These teachers were honored with drive by parades in 2020 and a financial award of $500 each from PEF. Similarly, RISE educators were given a $1,000 from PEF for the above and beyond work they have done in their classrooms utilizing the freedom this program allows for them to write unique curriculum for their students.
Teacher of the Year & RISE Teacher Awards – Needed to fund the Program - $12,000
Teacher Appreciation Award and Recognition Event - $15,000
Senior Scholarships – Class of 2020
PEF received a record number of scholarship applications from the Class of 2020. Given the loss of a traditional graduation, abbreviated Senior year and uncertainty of the future they are living with while making a major life transition, PEF decided to provide scholarships to all applicants given the support we received from our friends like you. You enabled us to provide 323 scholarships for this year’s Class of 2020!
Scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,000 were mailed out to applicants early May and they celebrated online though our social media channels. We awarded scholarships to students planning to attend traditional colleges, universities, and several heading to trade schools. Through our partnership with Prosper Rotary, you helped us jointly provide full-year tuition for 73 students to attend Collin College. Together, we helped 11 students who are financially struggling to pay for college through our Bridge scholarship. These are important to students and families. Your support provided for these awards and the encouragement students often need to take these next steps toward a strong future.
Needed to Fund the Program - $275,000
Prosper ISD Student Opportunities
More and more student opportunity grant requests were submitted and approved this year. Funds for the first ever Student Leadership Summit were awarded. This was to be a 3-day post school year conference for students to collaborate and learn about leadership and critical problem in June of 2020. This event has been pushed to June of 2021 but will be an opportunity for students 5-11th grade to hear professional leadership speakers and participate in a project-based team building and communications exercise. Additionally, PEF continued its support of the Hope Squad, funding the implementation of this program to the elementary level and provided a significant contribution toward Project Graduation.
HOPE Squad implementation - Needed to Fund the Program - $30,000
Student Leadership Summit – Needed to Fund the Program - $15,000
PEF made an early investment into Prosper ISD toward professional development for staff awarding $102,000 to PISD administration. These funds were specifically used to train current staff in needs of the district, as well and enhancement skills for a higher level of teaching for our students. Staff development funds are not always available for a district who focuses so much of their budget on current school year needs. Providing these training opportunities helps keep great teachers and enables a promotion from within philosophy.