ConnectEd 2019-20 // Issue III - Page 7

Garland ISD Education Foundation has history-making fundraising season Every year, the Garland ISD Education Foundation (GEF) aims to raise funds that will support and enrich education for students districtwide. GEF’s commitment, giving partners and successful campaigns made for a record-breaking fall, resulting in more than $219,000 secured in the first semester alone. “We are proud to be part of a team that truly outperformed itself,” said GEF President Lisa Cox. “Staff generously gave a total of $98,572 during our Employee Giving Campaign. Our facilities, maintenance and security colleagues even established a new campaign record, raising an incredible $20,118 for students and staff. In addition, our community partners helped collect an impressive $121,000 at our second annual Tinsel & Trivia event. It’s been an exciting and rewarding fundraising experience.” This season’s totals surpass 2018–19 numbers by more than 30%. This fall also marked the first time GEF sponsored the National Math & Science Initiative. The nonprofit awarded more than $101,000 to high schoolers who earned a passing AP test score. GEF is continuing its impact in 2020. The organization kicked off the second semester by surprising staff with $115,525 in grants and scholarships. And, it’s looking forward to investing additional funds in district-level instructional priorities. To learn more about GEF, visit its website at Julie Everett Ward Class of 2001 // #TeamGISD “Attending Garland ISD schools gave me the foundational skills to prepare me for college. I graduated with my master’s degree in 2012 and joined the Rowlett Fire Department in 2014. Thanks to my education at GISD schools, I was able to excel in college and graduate school—which allowed me to receive the job of my dreams! Garland ISD is truly an exceptional district.” • Attended Back and Sewell Elementary Schools, Hudson Middle School and Rowlett High School • Administrative Services Manager for the Rowlett Fire Department 2019–20 // Issue III 6