ARLINGTON, Texas – Bright young minds and the teachers who inspire them in underserved neighborhoods across North Texas will receive a lift, thanks to $225,000 in support from the Cotton Bowl Foundation. At today’s Goodyear Big Play Luncheon, the Foundation announced grants to Mission Arlington, St. Philip's School and Community Center, Communities In Schools Dallas Region, Education Opens Doors, Teaching Trust, and Urban Teachers.
The Cotton Bowl Foundation’s mission
is to serve the communities associated with the Goodyear Cotton Bowl
Classic by supporting programs that improve opportunities for
“Goodyear Cotton Bowl game
day happens just once a year,” said Carl Ice, Cotton Bowl Foundation
Chairman. “The Cotton Bowl Foundation, however, leverages the goodwill
of this grand tradition and makes an impact on the children and
educators of our community 365 days a year. We’re very excited about the
groups we are recognizing with grants this year.”
The Cotton Bowl Foundation awarded a $25,000 grant to Mission Arlington
that will enhance the after-school programming for more than 2,000
students by creating a centralized Youth Event Center in downtown
St. Philip’s School and Community Center,
one of the premier youth educational institutions in South Dallas,
received a $25,000 grant that will support their STEAM (science,
technology, engineering, arts, and math) summer program. The 6-8 week
full-day program, which will serve 150-170 children ages 2-12, includes
academic instruction, hands-on activities, field trips, 1:1 tutoring,
and enrichment classes.
A third gift of $25,000 was awarded to Communities In Schools Dallas Region
(CISDR) to support the expansion of the SafetyNet Project, which
provides teachers with training to better support children experiencing a
behavioral health crisis.
Education Opens Doors
received a $50,000 grant to support its primary program Roadmap to
Success, which aims to provide middle school students and teachers with a
college access roadmap to increase college-going knowledge and
students’ self expectations. The program aims to provide 10,000 students
with 900 additional minutes of active planning and career preparation
discussion that are otherwise not provided by teachers or counselors
during the 2018-19 school year.
A grant in the amount of $50,000 was awarded to Teaching Trust,
a Dallas-based educational leadership development organization, to
support its three core programs: Aspiring Leaders, Leadership Teams, and
Community of Educators. Teaching Trust targets principals and teachers
in Title I schools across North Texas where 84 percent of students
served are economically disadvantaged. This grant is matched by an
additional $50,000 from the College Football Playoff Foundation, which
supports the teaching profession via its Extra Yard for Teachers
The final $50,000 was awarded to the Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of Urban Teachers.
The Cotton Bowl Foundation’s gift will support the organization’s
mission of preparing effective, culturally competent teachers who
significantly accelerate student learning and remain teaching in the
nation’s highest-need schools. Along with Teaching Trust, the College
Football Playoff Foundation awards a matching grant of $50,000 that will
contribute to the ongoing support of the comprehensive four-year
teacher residency program.