The Education Foundation for Waxahachie ISD made surprise visits May 13 to several district campuses and awarded more than $9,000 in innovative grant funds to WISD teachers and staff.

The foundation, which awards grants in the fall and spring, has awarded about $18,000 in grants during the 2010-2011 school year to WISD teachers. Additionally, the foundation has also awarded more than $6,000 in

dual credit scholarships during the academic year, making the combined total given to WISD teachers, students and staff just over $24,000 for the 2010-2011 school year.

Each year, the foundation hosts two main fundraisers to raise money for innovative teaching grants and dual credit student scholarships. These fundraisers include the fall “Legacy of Excellence” campaign, comprising of a community-wide campaign as well as Waxahachie ISD’s own employee fund drive and the Education Foundation Classic, a golf tournament held each April.

In the fall 2011, the foundation will kick off the inaugural “Legacy Run” during homecoming weekend, which will consist of a 5K and One Mile Fun Run/Walk that will begin and end at the newly renovated Lumpkins Stadium.

The Education Foundation for Waxahachie ISD is a nonprofit 501c(3) organization. For more information on the Education Foundation for Waxahachie ISD, visit online at www.wisdeducationfoundation.org.