DANBURY — Danbury ISD Superintendent Greg Anderson doesn’t have any children, besides the 700 students in the district, but he helped start something that he wants to live on long after he is gone.
The Danbury Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization raising money for the school district, which is necessary because legislation is making it difficult for school districts to get the funds they need, Anderson said.
The foundation is successfully raising money and granting it to teachers and schools thus far, with Dow Chemical Co. recently granting $10,000 to fund Danbury’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.
“We’re pretty lacking in funds, so this a big deal,” Education Foundation board member Trina Robinson said.
The foundation publicly thanked Trish Thompson, who is on the public affairs team at Dow, before the Danbury High School girls’ basketball game Friday.
Thompson said Dow is a science and innovation corporation, so it makes sense for them to promote interest and achievement in STEM education.
Thompson lives near the school in Danbury. She is glad to see the foundation applying for grants because she knows how difficult it is for smaller school districts to get the resources they need, she said.
The foundation thanked Thompson at the beginning of an athletic event so they could make the community more aware of its mission, Anderson said.
In the four years the foundation has been operating, it increased grants for teachers from $500 to $1,500, Anderson said, and more teachers are now applying for these.
The $10,000 grant from Dow will fund the purchase of Chromebook laptops for elementary and secondary students of Danbury ISD, the superintendent said. There will be 25 at the elementary school and 25 at the high school for classes to rotate and share, Anderson said, and Danbury students could see them as early as the end of this month.
The foundation has 16 members, including Anderson, who are dedicated to supporting the initiatives of Danbury ISD in the classroom and improving teacher morale to give students the best education possible.