Each fall the Coppell Education Foundation opens their grant application process and encourages every Coppell ISD educator to propose innovative and transformative ideas or projects and describe how it would impact student achievement. A grant committee within the Foundation reviews all the applications and determines which grants to fund. These projects are not otherwise funded by Coppell ISD and would not be possible without a grant.
Grant recipients find out if their grants are being funded by receiving a surprise visit from the CEF Board of Directors, who show up at their school with balloons and a big check. This year's " grant patrol" took place on December 7th when the Board visited seven schools giving out 11 grants totaling over $37,900. The Foundation also celebrated reaching the $1 million mark in grants given since its inception, when the presenting Tiffiny Houdek from Mockingbird Elementary with $6000 for her grant, Interactive Literacy Lounge. Many CISD administrators as well as Jay Turner, the first Coppell Education Foundation president, were on hand to celebrate the milestone.
The Coppell Education Foundation has given 476 grants to CISD schools totaling over $1,006,000 throughout the past 16 years. Other programs of the Foundation include Red & Black events such as the Run to Fund, Robotics Camp, Interactive Institute, Academic Recognition Banquet and Super Stars. The Coppell Education Foundation is a non-profit organization of volunteers, chartered in 2000, in support of the students and teachers of Coppell ISD. Information about all of the grants awarded in 2016, as well as those from past years, can be found on the CEF's website at www.coppellisdef.com.