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Katy ISD Education Foundation
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​About the Education Foundation​

The Katy ISD Education Foundation serves as a catalyst for extraordinary teachers to create extraordinary classroom experiences for their students.
Imagine a classroom
                … that swaps exercise balls for desk chairs.
                … populated by 16-year-old scientists in safety goggles and lab coats.
                … where dirt, mulch and broccoli replace concrete, carpet and worksheets.
                … combining entrepreneurship and environmentalism.
Imagine a classroom
                … where every dream is a possibility.
                … where extraordinary behaviors are the norm.
                … where opportunities are inspired by imagination.
                … where the creative reality of one changes the trajectory of thousands.
Imagine a community that makes all that happen.
See some of our grants in action, and join us as we help teachers think bigger than they’ve ever thought possible!​

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Katy ISD Education Foundation Announces Return of Fireflies & FoodtrucksKaty ISD Education Foundation Announces Return of Fireflies & Foodtrucks2021-09-17T17:16:41Z<div class="ExternalClass4074F5175032403F9491165CA13ED0FE"><p>​</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong><em>Katy ISD Education Foundation Announces Return of Fireflies & Foodtrucks</em></strong><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Tickets on Sale Now for Legendary Fall Celebration</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Thursday, October 14, 6 - 9 P.M.</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>(Katy, TX)</strong> – The Katy ISD Education Foundation announces the return of its annual <em>Fireflies & Foodtrucks</em> fundraising event on Thursday, October 14, 6 – 9 P.M. at Katy's own No Label Brewery. The event features live entertainment by <a href="">Hayden Baker</a>, all-access to Houston-area food trucks, specialty brews and more. The Katy ISD Education Foundation celebrated a spectacular milestone this year with $2.3 million awarded in nine years of <em>Inspiring Imagination</em> teacher grants. Fireflies & Foodtrucks and its proceeds play a key role in reaching these milestones, and will continue to garner much-needed support as the foundation's grant program expands. The foundation's 10th grant cycle begins this fall, awarding grants to teachers in May 2022. <br> </p><p>Admission for the event is $60 per person, paid in advance, and covers food and beverage costs.  For an additional $25 per person, guests can also purchase exclusive VIP Bar Experience tickets featuring access to special No Label brews set aside for this crowd. Groups of 8 can purchase a Party Pack for a discounted rate of $440. Both VIP Bar Experience and Party Pak admission sales are limited availability.</p><p><em> </em></p><p>Early event sponsors include Thompson & Horton LLP; Stewart Builders; PBK Architects; VLK Architects, Inc.; Pogue Construction; Eventsia Group; Stantec; DBR Engineering Consultants; IBI Group, Inc.; Sente Mortgage-Chris Garcia; Cross Creek Ranch; Salas O'Brien; S&G Consultants LLC; Adico LLC; Climatec; Clint & LauraBeth Jackson; Raba Kistner; Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union; Tarkett; Al and MayDell Jenks. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available and include incentives commensurate with the sponsorship level.</p><p> </p><p>This <em>adults only</em> event features live entertainment, wine garden, variety of food trucks, valet parking and more,<em> </em>with an added opportunity to contribute to the foundation's teacher grant initiative. Early ticket and sponsorship purchases are both encouraged. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit <a href=""></a> or <a href=""></a> or contact the Katy ISD Education Foundation at 281-396-6031, <a href=""></a>.  </p><p style="text-align:center;"> </p><p style="text-align:center;">###</p><p> </p><p><strong>About the Katy ISD Education Foundation </strong>- The Katy ISD Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that unites people and companies with big hearts and a big belief in Katy ISD children and teachers to provide unprecedented opportunities for both. To join us, visit <a href=""></a>.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Images Attached:</strong></p><p><strong><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Fireflies%202021%20Invite%20Postcard%20(1).png" alt="Fireflies 2021 Invite Postcard (1).png" style="margin:5px;width:549px;" /></strong> </p><p><br></p></div>
Sewell Automotive Support Benefits Katy ISD Education Foundation Teacher GrantsSewell Automotive Support Benefits Katy ISD Education Foundation Teacher Grants2021-05-27T20:58:30Z<div class="ExternalClass020F160E41474BA2B4B1F2DC9C3D4ADE"><p><br><br></p><p><strong>(Katy, TX)</strong> – The <strong>Katy ISD Education Foundation</strong> is pleased to welcome Sewell Automotive Companies as a second-round <strong>Platinum Investor </strong>with an annual $10,000 pledge. Support from investors like Sewell directly impact the Foundation's <em>Inspiring Imagination</em> teacher grant program.  The Katy ISD Education Foundation's sole purpose is to provide resources through <em>Inspiring Imagina</em>tion teacher grants that enrich teaching, inspire learning and enhance opportunities for Katy ISD teachers and students.   “Sewell's support for the Katy ISD Education Foundation signals their commitment to the thousands of teachers and students impacted annually by our <em>Inspiring Imagination</em> teacher grant program, said Mike Van Hoozer, Katy ISD Education Foundation Board President.  Teacher grants are our foundation's sole purpose and the single beneficiary of our investor contributions.  We are grateful for Sewell's partnership with us and their endorsement of our work."</p><p> </p><p> “It is our honor to support the Katy ISD Education Foundation, an organization that places a high value on inspiring learning and creating opportunities for our teachers," said Carl Sewell, chairman at Sewell. “We strive to be great partners of the communities in which we serve, and nothing is more important than providing for the education – and educators – that will enrich the lives of young people now and into the future."<strong> </strong>Sewell is committed to giving back and improving the communities the company has the privilege to serve. Sewell proudly supports hundreds of local events and organizations each year, and focuses on partnering with organizations that benefit education, the arts, and children's charities and causes. Sewell community partners in the Katy area include Katy ISD Athletics, the Katy Area Economic Development Council, the Katy ISD Education Foundation, and the Katy Chamber of Commerce. Sewell is also proud to support community organizations in the Greater Houston area including The Junior League of Houston, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and The Houston Museum of Natural Science. For more information on Sewell, visit <a href=""></a></p><p> </p><p>The Katy ISD Education Foundation has awarded over <strong>$2 million to teachers across Katy ISD through its </strong><strong><em>Inspiring Imagination</em></strong><strong> teacher grant program</strong>,<strong> </strong>impacting students in classrooms all around the district.  Funding for the program is provided by long-term investors like Sewell Automotive and annual foundation fundraising events Fireflies & Foodtrucks and GROOVE.  To learn more, contact us at 281-396-6031 or visit <a href=""></a>.</p><p> <br></p><p><strong>About the Katy ISD Education Foundation </strong>- The Katy ISD Education Foundation unites people and companies with big hearts and a big belief in our children and teachers to provide unprecedented opportunities for both.   The Katy ISD Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit for which contributions are deductible to the extent allowed by law.</p><p> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>About Sewell</strong></span><strong>: </strong></p><p style="text-align:left;">Sewell Automotive Companies was founded in 1911. Today, Sewell employs more than 2,800 associates and operates 17 full-service dealerships throughout the state of Texas including Sewell Audi North Houston, Sewell Audi Sugar Land, Sewell Cadillac of Houston, Sewell INFINITI of North Houston, and Sewell Mercedes-Benz of West Houston. Sewell represents Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, GMC, INFINITI, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, MINI and Subaru, with locations in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Grapevine, Houston, McKinney, Plano, San Antonio and Sugar Land.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Sewell Automotive Supports Katy ISD Education Foundation</strong></p><img src="file:///C:/Users/C1961960/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image002.jpg" alt="" style="width:528px;margin:5px;" /><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Sewell%20Automotive%20-%20Katy%20ISD%20Ed%20Foundation%202021.JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:590px;height:402px;" /><img alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><img alt="" style="margin:5px;" />​<br><br></p><p>​The Katy ISD Education Foundation welcomes Sewell Automotive as a returning Platinum Investor. From left:  Dr. Ken Gregorski, Katy ISD Superintendent; Dennis Nobles, General Manager, Sewell Cadillac of Houston; Lance Baker, General Manager, Sewell Mercedes-Benz of West Houston; Mike Van Hoozer, President, Katy ISD Education Foundation.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Education Foundation Celebrates InvestorsKaty ISD Education Foundation Celebrates Investors2021-03-09T21:31:28Z<div class="ExternalClass2D99ECAF7ED446BC9D3188D875E12FAB"><p>​</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Katy ISD Education Foundation Celebrates Investors</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Showcasing Teacher Grant Activities for Those Who Help Fund Them</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>(Katy, TX)</strong> – The Katy ISD Education Foundation recently celebrated its family of supporters at its annual Investor Breakfast, this year hosted by Beckendorff Farms. The event featured teacher grant recipients and principals from five Katy ISD campuses who shared the impact grants have on Katy ISD students and teachers. Katy ISD Education Foundation Investors each pledge annual support of at least $1,000 per year. The Foundation has awarded over $2 million to teachers across Katy ISD through its <em>Inspiring Imagination</em> teacher grant program. Nearly half of the funds awarded are a direct result of the financial and personal support of its growing corps of Investors. </p><p> </p><p>Our corps of Investors is led by BP America, Inc., the Foundation's Cornerstone Investor, current Investors include, at the <strong>Platinum level</strong>: Sewell Automotive Companies; Vista Equities Group. <strong>Gold level:</strong> Cane Island; PBK, Inc.; Ms. Rosario Harter; Gulf Coast Educators FCU. <strong>Silver level:</strong> Scott and Courtney Doyle; Gary's Tire and Auto Service, Inc.; Ken and Tracy Janda; Katy Smile Design; Keller Williams Premier Realty; Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson LLP; Members Choice Credit Union; Christopher Nash, Nash Industries, Inc.; Tim and Angie Schauer; Matt and Heather Schomburg; Jeff & Susan Smith; Stantec; Marta and Robert Vasel; VLK Architects. <strong>Bronze level: </strong>Joe and Donna Adams;<strong> </strong>AMP Lending; Balfour Yearbooks; Martha Aki; Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union; William "Bill" Callegari; Keith and Jana Carmichael; David & Chris Crockett; John Curry - Curry & Co. Consulting; James and Keiko Davidson; Paul and Amy Dickens; Diesel Barbershop Katy Ranch; Dr. Bet Escalante; Dean & Rebecca Fox; Alton and Anissa Frailey; Glenn & Susan Gesoff; Kerry & Joy Gilbert; Gary and Kaye Goolsby; Ken and Sema Gregorski; Herff Jones Houston Graduation Center; Bob and Lucynda Herrin; Bonnie Holland; Devin and Courtney Holmes, Chick-fil-A the Crossing at Katy Fulshear; Clint and Laura Beth Jackson; Al and MayDell Jenks; Rick and Yvonne Kershner; Bill and Patti Lacy; Steve and Margaret Laney; Kendrick and Shantania Leggins; Kate Marinacci; Bob and Barbara McAuliffe; Peter and Darlene McElwain; Kevin and Kim McMeans; Tara McMeans; Ms. Casey Mitchell;  Mueller Pye and Associates CPA; John and Melissa Nixon; Jeffrey & Mitzi Poole; Randall and Debbie Petty – Shell Oil; Prosperity Bank; Lance and Bradi Redmon; Steven and Elaine Robertson; Fred & Patti Shafer; Mark & Brenda Shaver; John & Jan Silliman; Jim and Marsha Smith; Kyle Stanzel; Rip & Tammy Stringer; Dr. Randeep and Seema Suneja; Ken & Janet Theis; Bodley and Karen Thornton; Mike Van Hoozer; J Scot and Ashley Vann; Downy and Kavin Vickery; Waggin' Tails Pet Ranch; Brian and Leah Wilson; Tara Wilson; Tom & Lillie Beth Wilson; Ray & Jamie Wolman; Christianna Woods; Don and Anne Woods; Rusty Wylie;.</p><p> </p><p><strong>About the Katy ISD Education Foundation </strong>- The Katy ISD Education Foundation unites people and companies with big hearts and a big belief in our children and teachers to provide unprecedented opportunities for both.   The Katy ISD Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit for which contributions are deductible to the extent allowed by law. </p><p style="text-align:center;">###</p><img src="file:///C:/Users/s0003847/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image002.jpg" alt="" style="width:364px;margin:5px;" /><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/copy%20of%20DSC_7206.jpg" alt="copy of DSC_7206.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:539px;" />The Katy ISD Education Foundation recently welcomed its newest Keystone Investors.  Funds from the investor program support the Foundation's <em>Inspiring Imagination</em> teacher grants. Pictured above from l to r: – Christopher Nash, Nash Industries, Inc.; Bill and Patti Lacy; Steven and Elaine Robertson; Tara McMeans, Compass Real Estate; Leah Wilson. Not Pictured: Martha Aki, Gulf Coast Community Credit Union, Kate Marinacci. </p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/DSC_7178.JPG" alt="DSC_7178.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:533px;" /> </strong></p><img src="file:///C:/Users/s0003847/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image004.jpg" alt="" style="width:433px;margin:5px;" /><em style="font-size:14px;text-align:center;">Inspiring Imagination</em><span style="font-size:14px;text-align:center;"> teacher grant recipient Shanna Canales of Stockdick Junior High shares the impact of her "Adapted Balls, Parachutes and More" grant to Katy ISD Education Foundation Investors.</span><p><br></p></div>


Katy ISD Education Foundation

6301 South Stadium Lane

Katy, TX 77494

Contact: Janet Theis

Ph: 281.396.6031          

Katy ISD Education Foundation

P.O. Box 159 Katy, TX 77494 | 281.396.6031 | Login

The Katy ISD Education Foundation is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted.