Foundation approves three 2016 grants (Feb. 8, 2016)

The Liberty ISD Education Foundation is pleased to announce this year’s grant winners. From Liberty Elementary School is Dusty McGee.  Kelli Mikulec, Carissa Drake, Heather Walton and Courtney Jackson team up for a grant at San Jacinto Elementary and Sean Smith is the winner of a grant from LMS. Two applications were chosen by the Foundation’s grant committee under the Innovative Teaching Grant category and one was submitted as a campus grant for funding.


Since the inception of the Foundation in 2007, fifty-nine grants totaling $175,882.48 have been given to teachers and students and campus projects at LISD campuses. In this grant cycle, $10,807.48  was awarded through the Liberty ISD Education Foundation for various projects that are listed below by campus:




San Jacinto Elementary School

Writing for Writing’s Sake. Writing for Reading’s Sake – Kelli  Mikulec, Carissa Drake, Heather Walton, Courtney Jackson  - Grade Pre-K   

This $1262 grant creates an opportunity to challenge students in Pre-K, to collectively write and read through the use of specialized easels.


This grant is funded in part by The JoBeth Willoughby Teaching Grant, The Dr. Reese and Sara Brown Endowment, The CW and Aggie Castle Family Endowment, The Jeffrey Family Teaching Endowment and The Baxter W. Dunagan, Sr. Endowment.


Liberty Middle School

Jazz: America Personified – Sean Smith      Grades 7-8         

This $2,744 grant will help create opportunities for students to learn the history of Jazz music and participate in its performance.


This grant is funded in part by The Vara Martin Daniel Teaching Grant for the Fine Arts, The JoAnn McGuire Endowment, the C.A. (Abe) Miles Endowment, The Liberty County Farm Bureau Endowment and The Nora Miles Endowment.




Liberty Elementary School

LES Tech Panthers Coding Program – Dusty McGee      Grades 2-5         

This $6,800 grant creates an opportunity to challenge students in Grades 2-5, by teaching basic robotics and computer coding skills.


This grant is funded in part by The Norman and Brenda Dykes Endowment, The Dahlia McManus Endowment, The Mildred Arnold Endowment, The Liberty Lions Club, The Miles Foundation, The First Liberty National Bank Endowment and The Laura Jane Hartel Endowment.


These grants are funded through contributions to the Liberty ISD Education Foundation by individual donors, businesses, corporations and community service organizations as well as through profits from our fundraising events.


Upcoming Foundation Events include Denim and Diamonds Gala featuring the Southern Breeze Band March 5, 2016 and the Liberty Freedom Ride cycling event on April 9, 2016. To contact the Foundation or for more information about joining in our efforts, visit our website at or call Bruce Wright, Foundation coordinator at 936-641-0367.