The newly founded La Joya ISD Educational Excellence Foundation granted their first ever scholarships to deserving teachers from our district.

The Foundation’s first stop was Jimmy Carter ECHS who received $621.10 to assist in the “How to Survive at the Next Level” project. The entry was submitted by 11th grade Social Studies professor, Mr. Robert DeGarimore.

The proposal entails the purchase of a set of DVDs, which expose students to what an actual collegiate level lecture looks and sounds like. Tools such as note taking and the importance of listening are the focus of the lectures, which serve to increase academic vocabulary and provide a resource where students and faculty can go to, to experience a real world college lectures.

A second payment went to Juarez-Lincoln HS’s “College Pathway” project.

The project-based learning approach delivers engaging and targeted lessons that focus on college awareness and planning for students in a physical and virtual classroom setting. The dynamics of this project centers on the application process, college exams, financial aid, and scholarships.

Mrs. Katrina Alaniz, Isela Garcia, and Stephen Shepherd received the $1200.00 check for a 12 month subscription where every student receives an individualized plan to follow for college readiness.

The purpose of the La Joya ISD Educational Excellence Foundation is to provide our students and staff financial support for educational activities that enhance the District’s mission.

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