BEST donations benefit staff and students

(Garland ISD) September 9, 2012 – A popular saying states, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Garland ISD believes it takes a community to educate a student. That’s why GISD’s BEST Education Foundation partners with local businesses, benefactors, and corporations.

In August, the Garland-based production plant of Raytheon held its third-annual “Fill the Bus” school supply drive. A GISD school bus was parked at the defense and aerospace systems company three days while employees filled each seat with backpacks, binders, spirals, pencils, and other supplies. These donations will help make sure all students are prepared for school.

“Raytheon continues to be a strong supporter of GISD,” said BEST Program Specialist Keith Reimer. “They’re one of our invaluable partners, and Communications Coordinator Marielle Rodeheffer did a great job coordinating this year’s drive.”

BEST also works closely with EcoLab, an industrial service provider focusing on environmentally safe products. In September, $46,800 will be shared among 44 GISD teachers thanks to donations by employees at the company’s Garland-based plant. Since 1987, Ecolab’s annual “Visions for Learning” grants have surpassed $712,000.

“These grants are helping sustain and launch several district programs that could not exist otherwise,” commented Reimer. “As school district budgets get tighter each year, more and more teachers rely on companies like EcoLab to be able to provide innovative experiences for our students.”

Nearing 20 years of age, the BEST Education Foundation continues to look for new community partners. Several donation opportunities are available, including scholarships, golf tournaments, galas, and the DonorsChoose.org program. Visit the BEST Education Foundation website for more information, or contact Keith Reimer at 972-487-3254.

Submitted by Tiffany Graber, Garland ISD Communications Specialist.

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