The Copperas Cove Education Foundation highlighted its work and honored donors Jan. 10 at a business mixer at the First Texas Bank.

Board members and donors from the nonprofit educational support group mingled with several business owners and business representatives as a slideshow presentation of the foundation’s achievements ran in the background.

One of the slides stated the foundation had awarded more than $30,000 in grants to eight different local schools in 2012.

“We are here to kick off our annual campaign, and most importantly, to recognize our donors,” said Bradi Diaz, president of the foundation

Diaz presented donors with a personalized poster recognizing their status as contributors to the foundation. The posters were intended as symbols of their community dedication to be hung in their homes or places of business.

A grant recipient and principal of Fairview/Miss Jewell Elementary School, Angela Kirkpatrick, spoke about the impact the organization and its donors have had on her students.

“There are no words … we just can’t do it without you,” Kirkpatrick said, her voice cracking.

Kirkpatrick’s school has received teaching grants from the foundation for several years, which have affected more than 1,500 students in the form of innovative programs like Clubs4Kids.

The growing after-school program allows hundreds of children to participate in a variety of extracurricular activities.

Every Tuesday, students of Fairview/Miss Jewell take part in activities provided by a variety of clubs, including a Frisbee golf club, a dance club and a cross-stitching club.

“I thank the community for rallying around us,” Kirkpatrick said. “Also, I challenge more people to volunteer and donate.”

The education foundation supports a number of student programs that do not receive tax-based funding.

The Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce mixer was co-sponsored and hosted by the education foundation and First Texas Bank, a longtime contributor to the nonprofit.

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