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Grant award


Alter Stoltz

Your donation dollars WILL drive excellence at FISD. 

We focus on awarding annual, one-time grants to teachers, administrators, and District staff who participate in an anonymous grant process. As the Foundation continues to grow, these awards will increase, resulting in more annual grants and larger amounts paid. With your help we will grow the foundation into a material funding stream that guarantees the quality of FISD for years to come. 

Your donations will fuel the following initiatives:

1. Recruiting and Retaining Teachers

2. Rewarding Innovation in the Classroom

3. Covering Incidental Costs of teaching

Dollars in Action


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2023 Fall Grants Awarded $136,904

Fall 2023

Floral Design   $705

Students will learn how to conduct a floral business by operating a greenhouse and conducting a plant sale. Prior to the plant sale, these funds will be used to purchase 41 cooling pads in the propagation of  plants that will be used in the sale. 


Appliances for Culinary Classroom   $1,500

This grant will ensure that all culinary students are given the same opportunity to learn through hands-on experiences. Funds will be used to prepare another cooking space through the purchase of 6 Farberware French Door Toaster Ovens & Air Fryers, 6 twenty-inch griddles, 6 double burners and 6 blenders. 


A Better FHS Culinary Classroom   $1,617

This grant will replace equipment in the culinary arts classroom that is currently not operational. We will purchase a Honeywell dishwasher and 10 red aprons for enrolled students to utilize during food preparation. 


Additional Food Item Funds for Culinary Classroom   $2,000

Due to high student demand for the culinary program at FHS, there are four new sections for the Intro to Culinary program. These funds will be used to purchase food items needed for students to be able to cook throughout the year. Most of the recipes for these students will include 3-5 main ingredients to create food dishes in the kitchen.


EMS Equipment   $1,750

This grant will be used to fund the supplies needed for students enrolled in this class to have hands-on experience. This practice will help students prepare and pass their EMT certification exam to be used during their career. Items for purchase include splints, oxygen bottles and regulator, trauma bags, stethoscopes and Kendrick extrication Devices. 

Health Science Lab Supplies   $4,637

Funds from this grant will be used to update the Health Science Department by improving equipment needed to create a clinical lab space to provide on-site training opportunities for students enrolled in our EMT certification program and our Pharmacy Technician Certification Program. Items for purchase include storage cabinets, gloves, hospital curtain and track, X-Ray illuminator, blood pressure monitor, CPR mask with tubing for adults and infants, alcohol pads, tourniquet supplies and glucose monitors. 


Food Truck Generator   $6,500

Funds from this grant will be used to purchase a Honda generator giving the Food Truck operational ability for use off-site at least once per month. This is a replacement for the prior generator which is no longer functional. The generator will give students the opportunity to use their cooking skills by taking the food truck to other locations and events. 


Ag Mechanics   $7,452

Grant funds will be used to purchase two Millermatic 252 Mig Welders. The Ag Mechanics program is growing rapidly and these two generators will help provide learning opportunities in a hands-on way in the welding shop. Success will occur with more machines and more opportunities for each student to practice their skills. 


A New Angle on Art   $10,266

Funds will be used to update equipment in the Art classroom. We will replace old permanent drafting tables with 15 flexible tables and adjustable chairs that can create an effective workspace for many art mediums including watercolor, acrylics, oils and 3-D projects. This type of seating will accommodate more students as our program continues to grow dramatically in Art 2, 3 & 4. 


Home Builders Institute Certification Program   $7,500

Funds will be used to purchase the HBI Apprenticeship Curriculum allowing students to gain pre-apprenticeship certifications. This will help students who want to become employed in this field after graduation to obtain industry based certifications making them more marketable in the workplace. 


Campus Improvements   $6,818

These funds will be used to purchase flexible seating arrangements for students at GCHS. Learning environments are incredibly important, especially for our non-traditional high school students who have challenges in achieving their graduation goals. Flexible seating allows students to choose their work and learning space that best fits their needs to help them stay focused and engaged in learning.


Cowboy Cooking   $1,607

Funds for his program will be used to plan an educational experience that connects students to what our forefathers and settlers who founded Fredericksburg went through to cook meals out on the trails of America. Culinary students in 7th and 8th grade will use cast iron skillets, knives, a campfire cooking stand, two dutch ovens and a dutch oven tripod  to create a meal similar to those cooked a century ago. This will be done in conjunction with Texas History and American History classes. 


Band I-Pads   $3,345

Funds from this grant will be used to purchase I-pads for student use during the drill learning process and to further enhance music literacy, aural skills, rhythm, tone  and effective practicing. This will help create more well-rounded musicians and increase the number of students participating in regional band competitions. 


Tuners & Pickers   $5,414

Funds will be used to purchase 115 Korg Ca-2 Chromatic Tuners and 115 Korg Microphone CM-300 for beginner clarinet and flute players to utilize as the band is warming up. This will benefit individual students as they prepare for class as well as regional band competitions and UIL Solo and Ensemble competitions. 


Think Up Curriculum   $6,400

Funds will be used to purchase rigorous reading STAAR practice materials for each student in 6th and 7th grade. The curriculum is specifically designed around nine traits of crucial thinking: adapt, examine, create, communicate, collaborate, inquire, link, reflect and strive. Last year, this curriculum had a tremendous positive impact on 6th grade student performance during the Reading STAAR test and this year we have included 7th graders as well. 


Foundational Botany   $534

Funds will be used to purchase a class set of “How Plants Grow” to be used in conjunction with ICEV during winter months when it is not appropriate to be outside in the garden. This curriculum will improve student understanding of 6th-8th grade Science TEKS and will require collaborative thinking and writing intensive projects that will improve reading comprehension skills. 


Sandtray Counseling   $2,000

Funds will be used to purchase miniature objects in a sand tray to create concrete representations of their feelings and internal struggles. It provides a bridge between students’ thoughts, feelings, memories and words. Counselors on the campus will use this technique with students experiencing a wide variety of social and emotional issues. This provides a developmentally appropriate soothing sensory experience for children needing to self-regulate, focus and work out their problems so they can return to class and learn. 


Remember the Alamo   $2,400

These funds will be used to provide a guided tour of the Alamo including transportation, tickets and a field trip t-shirt for those students financially unable to afford  class t-shirts. This trip coincides with the 4th grade social studies TEKS related to the history of the Texas Revolution and will provide students with the opportunity to have a concrete experience connected to what they are learning about in the classroom. 


Exploration & Somewhere to Talk About It   $781

Funds will be used to purchase a grade-level appropriate rug for 4th grade students to meet as well as math and science manipulatives to facilitate engagement in learning through hands-on exploration during and math and science. Items include geometry shape sets, white boards, electrical snap circuits and multiplication manipulatives. 


Science Club   $2,555

This grant will support 20 elementary students as they prepare for the Austin Regional Science Fair competition. This helps enhance interest in scientific study by providing a deeper understanding of 4th and 5th grade science TEKS through hands-on science experiments designed by students. Students also gain knowledge and experience talking to teachers, judges and other students about the scientific process they used to create and test their science project. 


Robotics Club   $4,000

Fund will be used to pilot the Robotics program for 4th and 5th grade students through the purchase of 10 robotic kits from LEGO education. Students will work cooperatively to design, build, program and test a robot using specialized legos. Students will program the robots using software installed on our campus laptops. The robot will be used to complete simple tasks. Students can attend competitions and earn rewards by working as a team to earn points during the challenges. 


STEM Lab   $10,994

Funds will be used to purchase equipment including building bricks, circuit motors, magnetic wands, a magnetic marble run, a laser maze, gravity marble run brain game, a sand painting light table, translucent cubes, gear toys and more. STEM students will be successful in becoming critical thinkers and problem solvers which opens the door to success. Students will complete tasks and apply their learning to find new solutions. 


GT Learning Games   $82

Funds will be used to purchase three puzzle and inquiry driven games to enhance the critical thinking skills of GT students during rotations. Games include Chocolate Fix, Rock Me Archimedes and Quoridor. 


Lit Club   $2,760

Funds from this grant will expose 5th grade students to reading in a way that is exciting and innovative. By sparking interest and imagination in students, this club will encourage a personal life-long love for reading. Children will read and complete a variety of projects about their reading including designing book covers, building clay sculptures or recreating significant settings with LEGOS. Students will decorate pumpkins with their favorite book characters and complete a character analysis. 


Second Chances Cafeteria Funds   $3,000 

These funds will provide an overflow account for students who do not qualify for free and reduced lunch at the elementary campus, but have been denied additional food servings because of a lack of funds in their lunch accounts. There have been many instances where students have been turned away when requesting additional servings of main entrees or side dishes because of lack of funds. These funds will be used to update lunch accounts on a monthly basis for a determined list of students who lack access to funds. 


ChromeBooks   $16,000

Funds will be used to purchase 40 chrome books so first grade students can access curriculum initiatives including Reading Horizons as well as Stemscopes math and science programs. These chrome books will be shared between 12 classrooms and 200 students. 

Students will have the opportunity to access the technology at least once per week during the classroom instruction time. 

Sensory Exploration & Fine Motor Skill Development   $4,286

Funds will be used to add more tools and items to extend fine motor skills among students. Items to be purchased include a cash register, light table and peg board set, sensory play table, a set of human x-rays, magnetic blocks, crystal building blocks, trace and write alphabet center materials, play food assortment, alphabet learning blocks, and a light table sensory tray. These items will help enhance fine motor development and engage students to become problem solvers. 


Outdoor Field Day Equipment   $8,425

Funds will be used to provide 4 canopies and weights for outdoor activities. These activities include Field Days, Boosterthon, Winter Wonderland, Kids Heart Challenge, Rodeo Day, Splash Day and Walking Wednesdays. These tents will help provide ample shade for all who participate in these events. The main goal is to protect students and teachers from harmful UV rays that can damage skin and drain energy when exposed for long periods of time. 


Stonewall Science Club   $562

This grant will support 20 elementary students as they prepare for the Austin Regional Science Fair competition. This helps enhance interest in scientific study by providing a deeper understanding of 4th and 5th grade science TEKS through hands-on science experiments designed by students. Students also gain knowledge and experience talking to teachers, judges and other students about the scientific process they used to create and test their science project. 


Step-Up Writing Program   $820

Funds will be used to purchase the Measuring Up Deluxe Edition Writing curriculum for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. Writing improvement is needed in these grade levels and this curriculum is designed to assist students in the updated redesign types of STAAR questions in Reading and Writing. 


Reflex Math   $1,465

This program will be used to add a user license for Stonewall Students to practice their fact fluency in math. This will be an additional license added to the Fredericksburg Elementary license that is already being utilized. This program automatically tracks student growth in math facts to determine which have been mastered and those that still need practice. 


Book Vending Machine   $7,614

Fund will be used to purchase a book vending machine which will be stocked with books at all levels for K-5 reading students. Having this machine on campus will serve as an incentive for students to grow in literacy and build strong foundational reading skills for all students which will promote the improvement of overall academic achievement. 



Truancy Officer Computer   $1,115

Fund will be used for the purchase of a laptop that has the capability of data tracking associated with student attendance and maintain records and documents needed as evidence in court cases to pursue truancy charges when needed. In  2022 all staff members received a bonus that was a direct result of an improved percentage of student attendance in FISD. Prior to 2022,  the attendance rate in FISD was only 92.7%. Now, FISD’s attendance increased by 2% resulting in an increase in dollars from the state totaling $374,000. Each percentage point is worth approximately $187,000.

2022 Fall Grants Awarded $59,986

Thinkers Thrive Here   $1,722

This grant will provide students with adaptive seating and a flexible learning environment which responds to the physical needs of a diverse group of growing 9 and 10-year-old children. Furthermore, it will facilitate an environment in which 21 Century skills are explored in meaningful, authentic, and inspiring ways which allow students to think divergently in the Language Arts and Social Studies content areas. 

Emergency Medical Technician Equipment   $1,215

FHS is starting an EMT program. Students in the program will, upon successful completion of this course, become certified as Emergency Medical Technicians in the State of Texas and will be eligible to work on an ambulance.

Anatomical Torso w/ Removable Organs   $1,800

A life size model with removable organs gives students a real-world view of body systems. The removable organs give students a tactile way to discover where organs are placed in relation to tother structures and how those structures work together for the body to function.

Let’s Bake Art   $5,889

The high school art department requested a kiln for ceramics. Ceramics and the creation of 3-D artforms push the students to think innovatively, often using science and mathematics, while also serving as a medium that excites the imagination of many students.

Hope at Hand 2   $1,200

This grant will continue growing the library in the 8"-grade English classrooms with books that will engage our students in reading beyond what is assigned. The more they read, the more they think. The more they think, the more they want to explore the world. The more they explore the world, the more they can start to improve not only the Fredericksburg community but our nation and beyond.

Food Truck Equipment   $3,500

FHS students will operate a food truck to learn principles about running a business and the food service industry.  The grant provides commercial pots, pans, baking sheets, paper goods, propane, an espresso machine, a coffee machine, chalk boards, and a start-up fund.

Supplies for Culinary Arts Class   $1,500

The FHS culinary arts classroom will use this grant to provide new pots, pans, baking pans, cups, dishes, cooking utensils, and fresh cutting boards. The funds will also cover some paint, tile, and countertop sealant to spruce up the classroom kitchen.

Community Haunted House   $2,000

The Haunted House will provide a platform for our FHS Fine Arts students to showcase their creative expressions and talents as well as expand the collaboration of the FHS Fine Arts departments with their various disciplines in a unique artform. The hope is for this project to become a self-sustaining annual event for our High School Students to serve the community.

Building Billie Champions   $600

The right tools will help us Build Billie Champions! This grant provides funding to help purchase materials to equip the FES School Counselors with books, counseling curriculum, and equipment for our FES student ambassadors.  

Hydration Stations   $2,500

This grant will provide the FHS Band program with two water bottle filling stations for the band hall. This will be extremely beneficial to the students as they endure some very hot days in the fall marching seasons. Texas is hot, and water is essential for the Pride of the Texas Hill Country!

The Rugs Alive! Oh MY!   $494

With this carpet, FES students can interact with the pictures of the animals by matching its corresponding habitat card and then scanning it in an app. If the habitat card is correctly matched, the animal essentially comes into the classroom via augmented reality! The student engagement that augmented reality brings to the classroom paired with the learning about habitats is a win/win for the teacher and students. 

Mindfulness Matters   $1,700

Mindfulness is a powerful tool that supports children in calming themselves, focusing their attention and interacting effectively with others. Mindfulness promotes academic growth and school success by increasing students’ ability to self-regulate and focus while decreasing disruptive behavior. This grant will provide FES teachers with the curriculum, materials, and training to help students learn and practice mindfulness daily.

Musical Technology Improvements   $7,003

FPS takes pride in staging musical performances throughout the year.  We are blessed to have wonderful tools for learning music, but we have been lacking enough instruments and tools for all students. This grant will provide these instruments and will also provide storage cabinets when instruments are not being used.  

Lit Club 2022-2023   $1,960

This grant will provide funds for a one-of-a-kind club whose goal is to have students interact with books in a way that will spark imagination and creativity in our 5th grade students.

Think Up! Curriculum   $3,740

Using ThinkUp! Curriculum, the 6th Grade English Language Arts team will be able to provide 6th grade students with the rigor and pace needed to show growth on the 2022-2023 STAAR assessment.

Everyone Reads   $1,500

Reading stamina is proven to provide students several positive benefits in the classroom setting. The more exposure students have to printed words, the better writers they become.  This grant will improve and update the 6" grade English Language Arts and Reading classes with choices with rigorous, high-interest novels. 

SPELL-Links Reading and Writing Program   $524

The SPELL-Links Reading and Writing program enables FPS to reach students struggling with attaining foundational reading skills. The approach of this program is to become a reader and writer from the sounds of speech first, rather than the traditional phonics approach of text to speech. Education is not one-size-fits all, and this program will allow us to deliver relevant skills to all students.

Stonewall Science Club   $511

Using this grant, Stonewall Elementary will start a science club to enhance student interest in science, to promote scientific study, and to provide a deeper understanding of fourth and fifth grade.  This will allow SES students to partner with FES by joining their local science fair and attending the Austin Regional Science Fair, exposing our students to a larger community of learners.

Sensory Supports   $8,054

This grant will provide adaptive equipment and support in order to better serve the special education students with sensory and adaptive equipment needs in order to allow them to learn longer and be able to demonstrate self-regulation skills.

Student Business in Special Education   $590

The FES Special Education classes will use this grant to start a student run business. Student business models have been shown to foster independence, build relationships, and teach new concepts. From making to selling the product, we will give our students access to life skills and interactions they wouldn’t have otherwise.

Alter Stolz: Community Outreach Project   $1,650

This program will foster school pride across FISD and will teach students responsibility by enabling the purchase, care and feeding of two angora goats, Alter Stolz, to be made available for non-UIL school related activities such as campus open houses, first day of school and new student orientation.  FHS students will learn about animal husbandry and coordination of events and personnel, etc.  

Physical Education   $1,112

This grant will enable FHS to order new equipment that helps PE students be active in class, including ping pong tables, spike ball sets, and pickleball equipment.

Classroom on Wheels   $5,550

Clear touch boards are a portable all-inclusive smartboard with a built-in computer and projector. Built on a cart so it is mobile, these clear touch boards allow a classroom to be set up anywhere.   Any information/activity that can be done on a touch screen, a computer, or tablet, can be done on this board. 

IN the Moment with LIVE Theater   $1,730

Live theater is an experience that many have never had the opportunity to experience. Students deserve to have the experience of LIVE productions and be immersed in the literacy we engage them with each day. Using this grant, all FES students will go on a fieldtrip to see “The Cat in the Hat” at the Zach theater in Austin which is known for their immersive environments and production style. 

CriCut for Education Classes   $600

Future teachers in FHS Education classes will use the CriCut to create graphics, posters, bulletin boards, and classroom atmospheres that excite young leaners, especially in early childhood classrooms. This grant will be used to purchase the CriCut Maker 3 bundle, basic tool kit, transfer tape, smart vinyl, and permanent vinyl rolls. 

Decodable Readers   $317

This grant will purchase decodable readers to help beginning FPS readers develop phonics skills using strategies. Decodables use letters and letter groups that students have been explicitly taught, allowing the student to read the words on the page and not rely on guessing or following a pattern. Decodables are the scaffold that students need (kind of like training wheels on a bike) to enable them to be lifelong readers.

2021 Fall Grants Awarded $41,573



Interactive Read Aloud and Mentor Texts  $1,335

Presentation Area and Stage Improvements  $3,711


Materials/Equipment for Social Skills Classroom  $700

2D and 3D Design Composition Magnets  $1,765


Additional Advanced Reading Texts  $1,136

Reading for Mastery Curriculum  $2,093


Digital to Tangible - CriCut Maker  $633

Ribbon Printer and Bow Maker  $3,000

Industry-Based Certifications

(OSHA, Auto Service Safety, Food Handler)  $6,500

Plasma Cutter and Table Assembly  $20,000

Wall Street Journal Online for Students  $700

Fall 2021
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