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Grant Spotlight - Sister Schools

The Sister Schools grant involves students from Boyd Elementary who are native Spanish speakers and students from Lowery Freshman Center who are native English speakers. The classes come together four times during the school year; the Boyd students (grades 2 – 6) ride a bus to Lowery to visit their 9th grade friends.  The interaction includes dialogue (in Spanish), songs, cultural presentations, games, stories and sometimes food.

According to the teachers at both schools, this interaction “has undoubtedly impacted our students in a very positive way,” said Martina Thompson, Spanish II teacher at Lowery. “From leadership to friendships, to pride and validation of the children’s mother tongue and the language our students at Lowery are learning, these visits have resulted in so much more than we even hoped for!”

“The goal of the Sister Schools grant was to give the Lowery students a chance to practice their Spanish with younger students – assuming that the 9th graders would be more comfortable with the elementary Spanish speaking students, as if they were talking with a younger brother or sister,” said Regina Taylor, Foundation Director. “What we didn’t count on was how much the Lowery students would do for the Boyd students – giving the younger children a chance to show their strength in Spanish and an opportunity to talk about themselves, their families, and their interests. Mostly, they were just kids having fun together whether they were playing games, reading books, looking at maps, or just visiting. It all happens in Spanish and everyone has fun – they don’t even realize they are practicing Spanish vocabulary and sentence structure!”

Grant funding for the past two years totals $2,810 and provided for bus transportation and additional classroom resources.

What's Happening

AHS Seniors Awarded $119,750 in Scholarships

Once again the Allen community has stepped up to support its children by funding thousands of dollars in locally awarded scholarships for Allen High School seniors! The Foundation hosted a reception on April 27 to honor 112 members of the AHS class of 2017 who are receiving $119,750 in scholarships. The Foundation awarded $95,750 with an additional $24,000 awarded by groups from the Allen community. The reception brought scholarship donors together with the students who are benefiting from their generosity.

Foundation For Allen Schools Scholarship
Foundation For Allen Schools Scholarship recipients Grace Littler, Michelle Hong, Martin Nguyen, Jennifer Odoi, Lauren Gutknecht, and Rachel Frick with Foundation board members Kit McKee and Julie Kerr. (more photos)

“These high school seniors are amazing,” said Pam Toups, Vice President of Programs for the Foundation. “Every year we are more impressed with them – not just their strong academics but their dedication to their school and community, along with their humor and creativity. And what a blessing that we have so many very generous and caring families, businesses and PTAs who want to award college scholarships. It is such a thrill to be a part of this success!”

Special thanks to American National Bank and Linebarger Attorneys at Law for reception sponsorship. 

AHS Tennis-A-Thon
The Allen Eagle Tennis team awarded the Foundation $2,850 in proceeds from the Up All Night Tennis-A-Thon. At the Tennis-A-Thon, the AHS tennis team plays around the clock from Friday evening through 5:00 am Saturday morning. Students collect pledges from individuals and area businesses for every hour played of tennis.

By sharing their proceeds from this fundraiser, the students have helped to fund an educational grant each year. To date, the team has donated over $20,000 to the Foundation! Thank you, AHS Tennis Team!

Educational Grant Application
Submitted grants are currently being reviewed by a committee of Foundation board members and representatives from AISD Learner Services. Grant winners will be notified in late May. 

The Educational Grant program provides funding for innovative classroom and campus programs and projects in Allen ISD. Any Allen ISD employee may apply for a grant. To date, $921,437 in grants have been funded in Allen classrooms. These grants are a direct result of donations to the Foundation and proceeds from the Allen Eagle Run.
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