The 2006-2007 academic year was quite successful for the Education Foundation for Waxahachie ISD.

During the fall and spring, the foundation awarded $9,000 in grants to teachers and $6,000 in scholarships to students, bringing the foundation’s yearly total to $15,000.

Most recently, members of the foundation went on “grant patrol” and awarded teacher grants.

Spring grant recipients included Jodie Hunter from Waxahachie High School who received $1,000 for a grant designed to encourage those students enrolled in art classes to share their love of art with kindergartners.

Wedgeworth Elementary’s Amy Corp received a science grant in the amount of $1,000 and Tammy Hill, Rikki Morrow, Carrie Andrews and Anita Barnes received a $4,428 grant that will enable all four elementary campuses to work together and produce character development programs that will reach every first- through fifth-grader in WISD.

The Education Foundation for WISD also recently awarded six $1,000 scholarships to six graduating WHS seniors. These scholarships were made possible in part by the DART foundation.

Plans are under way by foundation members for the upcoming Festival of Trees to be held Nov. 16-17. The Festival of Trees is one of the three major fund-raisers the foundation holds each year in order to raise money for teacher grants and student scholarships.

“The 2007 Festival of Trees is going to be wonderful this year,” said Billinelle Currie, festival chairman. “Friday night we will host a Preview Gala at the Wyatt Mansion and Saturday, the festival will be open to the public. We anticipate a magnificent turn out.”

For more information on the Education Foundation for Waxahachie ISD or the 2007 Festival of Trees, contact the WISD office of public relations at (972) 923-4631.