The Irving Schools Foundation recently concluded the 2022-2023 school year on a high note, awarding three inspiring grants through its Spark Tank initiative. These grants aim to support educators and students in their pursuit of academic excellence and personal growth.
Maria Segovia, a dedicated Science teacher from Singley Academy, was awarded a grant of $598. This funding will enable Ms. Segovia to attend a virtual Science Olympiad BootCamp, a conference specifically designed to assist coaches in better preparing their teams, organizing practices, and accessing valuable resources. Recognizing Ms. Segovia's unwavering commitment to science education, Spark Tank has also provided additional funding for her to purchase a Science Olympiad curriculum. With this curriculum, Ms. Segovia's high school students will have the opportunity to share their love of science with elementary school students. The Irving Schools Foundation applauds Ms. Segovia's passion and dedication to nurturing scientific curiosity among her students.
Lively Elementary, an esteemed educational institution, has been granted $9,512 to send a team of six staff members to visit the renowned Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, Georgia. During their visit, they will attend the HouseMania conference, which will further enhance the implementation of House Systems at Lively Elementary. The staff members who have already embraced this initiative reported its significant impact on the campus over the past year, including a decrease in student office referrals, positive shifts in student and staff culture, and remarkable improvements in student achievement. The Irving Schools Foundation eagerly awaits hearing about the conference and the valuable insights gained by the Lively Elementary team.
The final grant for the month was awarded to Lizbeth Andrades, a junior at Irving High School. Lizbeth will receive $2,173 from Spark Tank to participate in an international study abroad program in Berlin, Germany, for a duration of three weeks. Through the program's focus on International Marketing and Global Business, Lizbeth will gain exposure to different cultures, valuable experience, and essential skills that can only be acquired through traveling abroad. Lizbeth's determination to broaden her horizons has been further supported by a partial scholarship from the program. The Irving Schools Foundation congratulates Lizbeth on this remarkable opportunity and encourages her to make the most of her time in Germany.
The Irving Schools Foundation and Spark Tank are proud to support educators and students in their pursuit of excellence and personal growth. These grants demonstrate the Foundation's commitment to fostering innovation and providing enriching experiences for the Irving school community.