By Chris McGuinness

Killeen Daily Herald

Another year of fundraising is under way for the Killeen Independent School District Education Foundation.

The foundation, an independent nonprofit organization, announced its goals for the 2011-12 school year Wednesday during a ceremony celebrating the district's "recognized rating" by the Texas Education Agency.

"We are really proud that the district is doing such great things," Foundation President Steve Hanik said. "We want to continue to support them by placing innovating teaching tools in the classrooms."

The foundation raises money from local businesses, private citizens and district employees to award grants to schools for unique programs and scholarships.

Hanik said teachers and schools apply for the grants.

"It can be for whatever they want," Hanik said. "We look for new ideas and innovation when we award these grants."

In May, the foundation awarded 22 grants to 13 schools to create a number of programs including funds to bring an archery program to Nolanville Elementary school, and $4,978 to purchase 30 guitars for a class at Killeen High School.

Hanik said the foundation awarded $121,000 in scholarships and grants to schools. He said the foundation's goal this year is to raise at least $80,000.

If it reaches that goal, the foundation would have raised more than $1 million since it began in 2002.

Hanik said those interested in donating can give money directly to the foundation, or through the United Way.

The foundation will begin accepting grant applications on Oct. 3, and will recommend them to the foundation's board of directors for approval Nov. 17.

Cove Education Foundation sets goals

A short distance away, the Copperas Cove Education Foundation also is starting its fundraising efforts for school grants in the Copperas Cove Independent School District.

Last year, the foundation gave out more than $22,000 in grants to local schools.

The grants awarded in 2010 paid for requests such as a reading program at S.C. Lee Junior High School, and the creation of a frog habitat at Jewell Elementary School.

"We look for programs and projects that are going to get kids excited about learning," Copperas Cove Foundation President Bradi Diaz said.

Diaz said there was no set goal for how much the foundation wanted to raise, except that it would be more than the previous year. She said the foundation receives its donations mainly from local businesses and individual donors.

Interested donors can give through the United Way or through the foundation's website.

Diaz said there are no concrete plans for special events at this time, but said the foundation is considering hosting a golf tournament and a dance for district alumni to raise awareness of the foundation's work.

Contact Chris McGuinness at

For more information:

Killeen ISD Foundation

Phone: (254)-336-0182

Copperas Cove Education Foundation

Phone: (254) 547-1227

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