July 3, 2020
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A group of community leaders in Sudan have come together to form a foundation supporting needs in their school district. The Sudan ISD Education Foundation is the new organization and after much intentional planning, members are ready to announce their new purpose and who will benefit. The foundation will be focused on enhancing community support and expanding resources that will enrich teaching and inspire learning. Maximizing opportunities for all students through the educators within the district is the goal.
The Education Foundation will provide funds for educational programs and activities which are not funded by the normal operating budget. These funds will be used to facilitate student skill development and achievement. Also to assist teachers and staff in innovative teaching by receiving grants. The grants will provide resources directly to the classroom for teachers to implement exciting new programs or enhance existing ones. The grant process has been established and educators will be eligible to request funds this fall.
The Sudan Education Foundation is a charitable organization under the Internal Revenue Service section 501(c)(3) and contributions to the organization are tax deductible. Sharla Rich, President of the SISD Education Foundation says, “The idea for the foundation grew from a need in supplemental funds, independent of the normal funding programs available to districts in the State of Texas.” She went on to say, “There is now an awareness of a growing number of education foundations in the state. We brought in Foundation Innovation LLC, a firm which specializes in developing foundations to ensure first year goals were met and developed.”
Foundation Innovation LLC has worked with many communities and school districts in Texas. They have also worked with other states to establish Education Foundations for the same purpose. According to Laurie Cromwell of Foundation Innovation, “Following in the footsteps of public universities and colleges as well as K-12 school districts, local communities are establishing their own foundations to leverage private dollars and expand opportunities for their teachers and students. There are currently hundreds of education foundations set up in Texas and that number continues to grow.”
James Synatschk is Vice President of Marketing and Events for Sudan ISD Education Foundation and he says, “The new Board of Directors is a dedicated group of community leaders who are striving for education excellence.” He says he is proud to serve with them, supporting and enhancing educational and innovative tools for Sudan’s school district.
Sudan ISD Education Foundation board members include: Sharla Rich, Justin Bellar, Clay Carr, Scott Harrell, Tara Provence, Tim Rich, Seth Sowder, James Synatschk, Monty Edwards, D.J. Provence, Chad King, Evan Maxwell, Nancy Davis and Angie Winn.
For more information on the SISD Education Foundation or how you can donate, call 806-227-2336. You can also follow us on social media or email: info@stxef.org.

Rhea Gonzales

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