Teachers Win Grants

Out of 25 Wichita Falls I.S.D. teachers, six of them at Kate Burgess Elementary School in Wichita Falls were awarded an (Innovative, Developmental and Educational Activities) 'IDEA' grant Friday morning.

The grant goes to the project of their choice, which they had to outline in their application for the grants.

Newschannel 6 had the opportunity to meet up with some of the winners when they found out.  Each teacher plans to use the grant money in different ways.

Two recipients said they wanted to be able to get some audio books for their students, as well as some high interest book that would benefit the students and their fluency.

Cindy Smith had a different idea for her grant.  She said, "The graphic novels, all the studies that have been done about the graphic novels, they're just doing great things for the boys.  The boys really love them."

Another pair of teachers said they applied for the grant because they wanted to help improve the reading of the first graders.  They felt it was a great way to get extra money to buy the things that they need.

The grants were awarded through the W.F.I.S.D. Foundation.  They gave away nearly $12,000 to the winning teachers on Friday, which were all made possible by donations.