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Callisburg ISD supporters form nonprofit

Jan. 20—Community members have come together to form a foundation to support Callisburg ISD schools.

The Callisburg Education Foundation has been formed to "enhance community support and to expand resources that enrich teaching, inspire learning and maximize opportunities for all students in the Callisburg Independent School District," according to a press release issued Friday.

The foundation was formed under the umbrella of Callisburg Partners in Education, an independent non-profit charitable organization governed by a volunteer board of directors. The sole purpose is to provide funds for educational programs and activities which are not funded by the normal operating budget. Funding priorities will also include funds for teaching grants to implement new educational programs.

Teachers and staff may start applying for grants immediately.

Callisburg ISD Superintendent Chris Bradshaw welcomed the development.

"Our teachers have been very thankful and excited about this opportunity," Bradshaw stated in the press release. "We have several teachers comment that they have had great ideas to implement STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) projects or character education programs that could help with social and emotional learning that this could help fund.

"We have had a great response in applications from all three campuses. I know these grants will positively impact our students' learning and look forward to what we can do with these funds."

The Callisburg Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization and contributions are tax deductible.

Board members include: Chris Bradshaw, Austin Caldwell, Jean Hines, Hannah Hoagland, Jason Hooper, Larissa Lance, Justin Lance, Whitney Lemons, Kristin Pilcher, Taylor Ramsey, Rhea Reed, Matt Saller, Amberly Sanborn, Kim Sewell, Stephanie Striplin, Karon Sullivant, Jorden Weaver, Heather Wheeler and Brian Winters.