The Midlothian ISD Education Foundation (MEF) Star Patrol surprised teachers on Dec. 13 with five innovative teaching grants that will impact more 5,000 students. The grant total of $16,377.61 is made possible through the nonprofit organization, which was founded in April 2004 to benefit teachers and students for innovative projects and programs. MEF has awarded more than $300,000 to teachers since 2004.

The following is a list of the grants that were awarded:

MISD, Live and On-the-Air

All Elementary & Middle Schools - $799.92

Teacher(s): Anthony Dorris, Terri Blank, Kim Simmons, Melissa Bogliano, Becky Shuffield, T-Kay Timmerman, Windy Fulmer, Susan Jones

Students Impacted: 5,410

Grades/Subjects: K thru 8; Reading, Writing, Music, Technology

Schools will broadcast to cars waiting to pick up and drop off students. This will allow easy communication to parents about events occurring at school and a communication learning opportunity for students.

Integrating Technology in the AVID Classroom

Midlothian High School - $5,000

Teacher(s): Meredith Canonico, Samuel Riley, Aly Gaither, Megan Ross, Holly McRuiz, Kim Catron, Mariane Taylor, Teresa Bannister, Samuel Shackelford, Lisa Escobar, Joseph Melms, Nancy Wood, Kristi Guest, Hollye Hess, Susie Casstevens, Sharon Zabloski, Mary Ray, Chrystal Findley

Students Impacted: 108

Grades/Subjects: 9 thru 12; AVID Elective Classes

The AVID Elective classes will receive a Chromebook Cart to enhance the college readiness curriculum that AVID teaches to students. Students will benefit in a multitude of ways by having access to technology readily available.

Number Corner: A Gateway to Mathematical Proficiency for All Students

J.R. Irvin Elementary - $4,815

Teacher(s): Kim Graham & Leah Sanders

Students Impacted: 200

Grades/Subjects: K thru 2; Math

This grant will equip Kindergarten thru 2nd grade teachers with the resources to create and facilitate daily 30-minute workouts that introduce, reinforce, and extend skills and concepts related to the critical areas in Math.

Growing Friendships from Plant to Plate

Walnut Grove Middle School & Frank Seale Middle School - $1,121.74

Teacher(s): Christina McDaniel

Students Impacted: 50+

Grades/Subjects: 6 thru 8; Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Daily Life Skills Curriculum (CBI)

Community Problem Solvers will work with special needs students in CBI growing and harvesting food that can be used with life skills curriculum while teaching STEM focused lessons that all students learn from.

Community Based Instruction (Project Positive Paw-prints)

Walnut Grove Middle School - $4,640.95

Teacher(s): Debbie Fussell, Clark Lofgren

Students Impacted: 107

Grades/Subjects: 6 thru 8; Reading, Social Studies, Math, Science, Health

This grant will provide high quality special needs alternative-learning opportunities through the Promethean Activity Board and Indoor Therapy Gym designed to help with sensory motor development. Core subjects such as Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies will be the main focus.