Updated: Oct 11, 2018
Grand Prairie ISD’s annual Race for Results event at Lone Star Park attracted board members, teachers, and other community members to celebrate, raise funds, and further inspire community participation on Friday, April 27. This year’s event took place in the Alysheba banquet room where introductions and mingling were supplemented by horse racing and a silent auction, followed by dinner.
Experiential learning within the realm of environmental studies, such as the Trinity River Audubon Center and the Outdoor Learning Center project at Garcia Elementary, have already made and continue to make exciting impacts on district testing scores for GPISD.
“We’ve got a couple of core projects,” Denise Clifton, the GPISD Education Foundation’s president, said. “A couple of years ago, our education center came to us and said, ‘Hey, some of our kids have never been to a state park. What if we sponsored every single fourth grader going to a state-park?’ Since then, GPISD’s experiential student science programs, and the Trinity River Audubon Center program specifically, have been able to flourish into extremely effective and hands-on ways to relay science studies and education to the younger demographic of students, further paving the way and creating a platform needed to bring similar amenities to higher grade levels.
“A couple of years later, they came back and they said, ‘There’s such a huge jump in our test scores. Being able to touch and feel and do is really making an impact. Would you consider taking on the fifth graders?’”
This year’s Race for Results provided an inspiring reminder of how wonderful the people who give so much of their time to our educational system truly are.
“As a teacher myself, and I have two daughters that are teachers, we spend a lot of our own money, so the Education Foundation helps fund the items that are not accessible to the students. It helps in the classroom and helps the kids be successful,” said Kaye Gilbert, a retired GPISD teacher and board of directors member.
GPISD’s Education Foundation has advanced the public conversation about how communities and individuals can give back to their community through educational charity.
“I think it’s important to give back, because we are hiring kids from these schools,” said Charles Bowen. “They’re not always as prepared as they should be, and you get what you pay for. If we invest additional time and resources, it’s not all just money, but obviously more resources, we’re going to see a higher quality product come out and join our work force.”