Nearly 40 Fort Worth ISD elementary school libraries will soon undergo upgrades, thanks to The Gary Patterson Foundation.
Kelsey Patterson, foundation secretary/treasurer and wife of foundation chairman and Texas Christian University head football Coach Gary Patterson, awarded $325,000 in grants to 38 FWISD libraries, Monday, December 17, in a check presentation hosted at Worth Heights Elementary School. According to the Star-Telegram, the donation is the largest made by the nonprofit in its 13-year history.
In September, 38 schools applied for grants of up to $10,000 with the foundation, and fuds were awarded to each campus that applied, according to foundation officials. The nonprofit is coordinating with the Education Foundation for Fort Worth Schools, a 501(c)3 organization founded in 2014 to support FWISD, programs to distribute the grant funds.
Another grant opportunity is available schools in spring 2019, according to a press release from The Gary Patterson Foundation.
The FWISD elementary schools benefitting from the fall 2018 grant are: Atwood McDonald, Bill Elliott, Bonnie Brae, Bruce Shulkey, Carter Park, Leadership Academy at Como, Dolores Huerta, East Handley, George C. Clarke, Glen Park, Greenbriar, Harlean Beal, J.T. Stevens, Leadership Academy at John T. White, Luella Merrett, M.G. Ellis, M.H. Moore, Mary Louise Phillips, Maudrie Walton, Meadowbrook, Natha Howell, Oakhurst, Richard Wilson, Rufino Mendoza, Sagamore Hill, Sam Rosen, Seminary Hills Park, South Hills, Springdale, T.A. Sims, W.M. Green, West Handley, Westcreek, Western Hills, Western Hills Primary, Woodway and Worth Heights.
The generous gift furthers efforts for the District's 100 X 25 FWTX initiative, which has set a goal of 100 percent of third-graders reading on or above grade level by 2025.
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