With horns blaring, flags flying and checks in hand, more than 120 educators were surprised by Plano ISD Education Foundation Grant Patrol—board members, program sponsors, district staff, and parent leaders this past Thursday, November 12.

Departing from Park Place Lexus, the Grant Patrol traveled throughout the 100-square-mile district of Plano in seven cars, courtesy of Park Place Lexus. Their mission? To deliver $125,000 in monetary awards to fund 97 innovative instructional programs!

And they’re off! The Grant Patrol setting off from the Park Place Lexus Plano.

Throughout the morning, more than 120 educators at 42 schools were recognized and awarded checks, which will enable them to fulfill their dreams of rolling out a wide variety of different educational programs—all with the aim to enhance instruction in schools and classrooms across the district.

The Plano ISD Education Foundation Grants to Educators program this year awarded a record-breaking $125,000 in grants (a $5,000 increase from last year). Funding for the Grants to Educators program comes from a number of generous sponsors including Park Place Lexus Plano, Alliance Data, Huawei, TAFF–The Andrea-Mennen Family Foundation, SKI Plano, Plano ISD Alumni Association, Plano ISD Council of PTAs and Carole Greisdorf.

Matthew Clark of Barron Elementary accepts his grant.

Plano ISD Education Foundation Board President Jean Callison said, “The Education Foundation is honored to assist our teachers by providing resources for innovative programs that enhance student learning in their classrooms. The Grants to Educators program is one of the best ways that private donors can assist outstanding classroom programs by supporting educators across Plano ISD.”

Grants are also funded through a variety of annual Plano ISD Education Foundation fundraisers such as: Parent and Community Honor Roll, the Annual Giving Campaign, the Plano ISD employee campaign, and the SKI Plano fundraising gala—see below for details. [print_gllr id=2398]

Photography by Howard Taper

SKI Plano

This causal event hosts 600 participants and is the annual fundraising gala hosted by the Plano ISD Education Foundation. Event proceeds benefit the programs of PISD, which assist 55,000 elementary and secondary students. Come dressed in your favorite winter warmers and enjoy a fun night with a silent auction, dinner and live music, a live auction and dancing!

SKI Plano stands for Supporting Kids In Plano and supports students and teachers of the Plano ISD.

When: January 30, 2016

Where: Dallas/Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center, 7121 Bishop Rd., Plano, TX 75024


  • Single, $150
  • Couple, $300
  • Ski-In Ski-Out Package (2 tickets and room), $455
  • Table of 10, $1,500

A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available. Click here for details. 

Click here to buy tickets online.

Contact: 469.752.8272 / foundation@pisd.edu

Plano ISD Education Foundation

The Plano ISD Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, with a mission to help all students in Plano public schools achieve their full potential by providing financial support to educators and academic programs. Since 1993, the Foundation has generated private support for priority projects for which tax dollars are not available. Since 2000, almost $9 million has been gifted to Plano ISD for programs and services of importance to the school district.


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