Supporting Harris County School Districts is the Harris Department of Education
(HCDE) primary mission. The Harris County Education Foundation (EFHC),
HCDE's philanthropic arm, recently announced grant allocations of
$207,013 to local school districts to help districts deal with COVID-19
The Education Partnership Partners awards range from $5,000 to $15,000
to support the school system with needs ranging from technology to pandemic
health items to school supplies.
The grants were made possible by the HCDE Board of Trustees, who voted
for $500,000 in funding during the school year 2020-2021 to assist Harris
County School Superintendent James Colbert Jr. states the Harris County
Education Department is proud to fill holes in our county's public
education. At the beginning of COVID-19, HCDE saw the unique needs of
our school districts. The board took immediate action requesting the foundation
to administer grants to provide sufficient funding directly to meet these needs.
The 16 districts receiving grant funding are Aldine, Alief, Channelview,
Clear Creek, Crosby, Galena Park, Goose Creek, Houston, Humble, Katy La
Porte, Pasadena, Sheldon, Spring, Spring Branch, and Stafford. Applications
were obtained from district administration or district-affiliated education
foundation. Pasadena Independent School District and the PISD Education
Foundation were the first to reveal via the EFHC its Partners in Education
Project grant from HCDE.
PISD Associate Superintendent Dr. Troy McCarley describes Harris County's
generous support for Pasadena ISD. The grant means more than just offering
our virtual learners money. It also means helping many students complete
Pasadena's grant initiative provides underprivileged children with
MiFi equipment and monthly online services so that students can complete
online interactive education assignments. HCDE Board Amy Hinojosa shared
the great news of a grant with PISD administrators, endorsing PISD as
HCDE's Precinct 2 trustee and Pasadena resident.
Colbert noted the grants complement HCDE's other district resources,
including four special schools, educator professional development, school
safety, teacher credential programs, Head Start, school-based counseling,
and adult education. HCDE supports our districts in so many ways, and
we're excited to find another way to work with communities to help
students and teachers.