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Northeast Times | September 22, 2021

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Eight KISD Teachers Benefit from More Than $7,500 in Donations to DonorsChoose.org

Eight KISD Teachers Benefit from More Than $7,500 in Donations to DonorsChoose.org

Eight teachers in Keller Independent School District have more tools to teach with thanks to more than $7,500 in donations to DonorsChoose.org projects from Horace Mann and others.

The funds donated will help complete projects at Fossil Ridge High School, Hillwood Middle School, Indian Springs Middle School, Basswood Elementary School, Eagle Ridge Elementary, Liberty Elementary and Park Glen Elementary School.

“This project will enable students to improve their reading skills through the utilization of iPads with cases equipped with educational applications,” said Joyce Siratt, a teacher at Park Glen Elementary School, in her project post, “iLearn in Dyslexia.” Siratt says the iPad minis will also help her students with improve their writing and spelling skills.

“As an insurance company serving educators, we want to assist teachers both in and outside of the classroom,” said Horace Mann Insurance Agent Tom Winders from Winders Insurance Agency. “DonorsChoose.org allows Horace Mann to help teachers get the supplies they need to keep students engaged and learning,” says Winders.
Other projects funded included books to improve literacy, invention kits and chairs to help minimize fidgeting.

• “Makey Makey” Philip Youngblood, Hillwood Middle School
• “Students Choice” Lisa Huddleston, Fossil Ridge High School
• “Keep Calm and Have a Ball” Meagan Pryor, Liberty Elementary School
• “Help My Students Ignite Their Love for Reading” Mrs. L., Indian Springs Middle School
• “Mini Mathematicians” Patricia Mercer, Eagle Ridge Elementary School
• “Boogies Are Better” Patricia Mercer, Eagle Ridge Elementary School
• “Fidget Buster” Mrs. C., Basswood Elementary School

DonorsChoose.org is a nonprofit organization that connects donors with public school teachers who need classroom materials. Horace Mann agents have been spreading the word about the website among teachers. Horace Mann has donated $2.5 million to DonorsChoose.org projects since starting a partnership in 2011.