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NCISD Education Foundation unveils Endowment Fund at Breeze into Summer fundraiser


NCISD Education Foundation unveils Endowment Fund at Breeze into Summer fundraiser

May 11, 2017 | Thinking Innovatively | Breeze into Summer, the annual fundraising event for the New Caney ISD Education Foundation, brought the community out May 5 to support teachers and innovative learning.

The event was held at the Community Room at Texan Drive Stadium. Guest speaker and President of the Rotary Club of East Montgomery County Melecio Franco announced the unveiling of the new NCISD Education Foundation Endowment Fund and explained why he was the first donor to pledge $1,000 to the endowment. The goal is to find 250 people in the community who care deeply about students, teachers and education and ask them to donate $1,000 in order to fully fund the endowment.

When the endowment reaches $250,000 it will generate approximately $15,000 in interest that can be used for teacher grants to fund innovative education ideas.

The Rotary Club of East Montgomery County was announced as the first $5,000 donor to the endowment. Rotary is an international service organization and one of their areas of focus is education and literacy, according to Franco.

The event was sold out and very fun for attendees, according to NCISD Education Foundation Executive Director Michele Dykstra.

“The event exceeded our expectations,” said Dykstra. “Our sponsors, donors, and volunteers make dreams come true for teachers. We cannot do it without them. They make our world a better place.”

The event also featured a grant expo displaying examples of grants recently funded by the Education Foundation. Examples included electronic pens which help students learn how to read, telescopes for learning about astronomy and digital cameras. The expo also featured the Digital Learning Cornerstone Grant which placed advanced technology such as 3D printers into every campus in New Caney ISD.

Diamond Perez, a senior at Porter High School and intern for the Education Foundation, addressed the audience and described her experiences helping the foundation and learning about nonprofit organizations.

Kendra Dempsey, of RE/MAX Rewards, was the winner of the special raffle for the Galveston Weekend Bayside Bungalow provided by Darst Funeral Home. The event was catered by Longhorn Steakhouse.

For more information about the NCISD Education Foundation or to become one of the 250 donors to the Endowment Fund, visit or contact Michele Dykstra at 281-577-8600.