What is the Foundation?
The Bastrop Education Foundation is a local, grassroots, philanthropic organization committed
to improving education and educational opportunities throughout our community.
That commitment is expressed in two major ways:
- Awarding grants to district educators for new teaching strategies, innovative ideas, and
other initiatives to enhance instruction and educational opportunities AND
- Recognizing exemplary students and educators.
In the last six years alone, the Foundation has awarded 141 grants, totaling more than
$600,000. The grants demonstrate a tremendous wellspring of teacher talent, creativity,
commitment, and initiative. The scope of the grants varies widely: affecting an individual
classroom, an entire grade level, multiple campuses, or the entire district.
The second initiative centers on recognizing student excellence while concurrently
recognizing those educators whose example, support, and guidance provides a glimpse of the
lifelong power of the student/teacher relationship. This spring, the Foundation honored 93
Bastrop and Cedar Creek High School students who have been nominated by their teachers as
exemplary, based upon the students’ academic performance, personal attributes and
participation in community service and extracurricular activities. From those 93 nominees,
the Foundation has named the 26 “Rising Stars” who will be celebrated at a banquet, along
with those educators singled out by these students as having made a significant difference in
Funding for these and other initiatives of the Foundation is entirely dependent on the
generous contributions of individuals and businesses that share the Foundation’s vision.
Donations are solicited each fall and supplemented throughout the year by additional
contributions. Donors are recognized during Foundation events and on this website.
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