Houston CPA Society Gives $50,000 In Grants To Area Schools
The Houston CPA Society has nearly doubled its traditional funding level for school grant programs to provide assistance to 26 schools or districts in southeast Texas, many of whom suffered extensive damage from Hurricane Ike.
In addition to helping schools in the Houston area, the society’s $50,000 in grants included schools in the Anahuac Independent School District, Bridge City ISD, Galveston ISD, Dickinson ISD and Brazosport ISD.
Tom Wier, chair of the CPAs Helping Schools Committee, said the additional money was needed because so many schools were seriously impacted by the storm.
“After reviewing the grant requests, it was clear the disaster dramatically affected some schools and warranted an immediate need for additional funds,” Wier said.
Because of the extreme need, the committee voted to increase its budget of $27,000, using a portion of its unrestricted fund balance. The society’s board of directors agreed.
Even with the additional infusion of cash, not every school request could be funded to the level sought. The maximum grant allowed for each school was $3,000.
Anahuac ISD received the maximum $3,000 to replace library books at Anahuac High School, which sustained the district’s most severe wind and water damage. CPAs Helping Schools also gave the elementary and middle school in the Anahuac district $1000 each to aid in their programs to replace uniforms, jackets and school supplies students lost.
CPAs Helping Schools gave Bridge City ISD $3000 in school disaster relief funds to rebuild its school library inventories. These schools lost nearly everything under four to nine feet of water.
The society also awarded $3,000 each to Ball High School, Austin Magnet School, Weis and Oppe Middle Schools, and Rosenberg and Parker Elementary Schools in Galveston ISD for use in disaster relief for library books or school supplies. Morgan Elementary in Galveston ISD also received $3,000 to enrich its media center, and the CPAs gave $600 to San Jacinto DAEP/AIM consolidated campus.
After reading devastating reports of students and families living in tents or cars, as well as families who had lost all possessions in Dickinson ISD, CPAs Helping Schools gave $3,000 each to San Leon Elementary, Hughes Road Elementary, Barber Middle School and McAdams Junior High to assist their designated students and families with uniforms, clothing or basic needs during the recovery period.
The society gave $1,000 to the sixth grade art department in Rasco Middle School in Brazosport ISD to replace materials and art supplies lost during Hurricane Ike.
Besides the schools in Ike-devastated areas, CPAs Helping Schools funded programs at Houston ISD’s James D. Ryan Middle School for a winter arts festival held earlier this month. They assisted Challenge Early College High School and its senior class project to clean a Galveston beach as a community service undertaking.
KIPP Houston High School will receive funds to improve its library. St. Augustine Catholic School will receive funds to supplement the math curriculum in grades 2-5.
CPAs Helping Schools was one of the beneficiaries of the CPA Society’s 23rd annual Scholarship Extravaganza held on Jan. 17. The event honored society Executive Director Nancy Rutledge and her husband, Dick.
CPAs Helping Schools Committee offers financial grants to schools, grades K-12, where there is little or no significant business partnership. While programs must meet eligibility requirements of educational enhancement for students, the types of programs considered may include updated math, language arts or science curriculums, special projects, library needs, after school projects, and fine arts.
The committee will gauge the economic impact and longevity of the funded projects under consideration. Schools are currently eligible for up to $3,000 per year in grant funding.
CPAs Helping Schools accepts grant applications throughout the year and normally reviews them in September, January and April. Interested schools should submit applications by the 10th of the review month. Applications are available from the Houston CPA Society office. The next review will be in April.
Schools may contact the Society at 713-622-7733 for further information.
The Houston CPA Society is the largest chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs and the third largest in the United States, with more than 8,000 CPA members in Houston and 13 surrounding counties.