Sherman Independent School District students, teachers and schools were honored at the Sherman Education Foundation’s Circle of Success event Tuesday. Sherman High School educators were asked to nominate junior and senior students to be honored based on their character, leadership and service. The students that were selected were asked to choose an SISD educator that has been inspirational to them during their educational journey to be honored as well. Additionally, funding for a number of grants submitted by SISD teachers and staff were announced at the event.


Here is a look at the SEF Circle of Success event and its impact on students, by the numbers:


7: The number of students and teachers honored at this year’s event. Senior Austin Bindel honored SHS history teacher and coach John Williams; junior Alexis Jackman honored SHS math teacher Steve Schutts; senior Avery Kahl honored SHS history teacher Anthony Hartman; senior Spencer Langton honored Fred Douglass Pre-K teacher Shann Schubert; senior Bethany O’Neal honored SHS math teacher and drill team coach Lauren Patton; senior Benjamin Reid honored SHS engineering and manufacturing teacher Stephen Murray; and senior Carly Weaver honored SHS band director James Smith.


$64,675: The total amount of grant money awarded at Tuesday’s event. The money was distributed between 55 grants among 12 SISD campuses including —Fred Douglass Early Childhood Center, Crutchfield Elementary, Fairview Elementary, Jefferson Elementary, Neblett Elementary, Sory Elementary, Wakefield Elementary, Washington Elementary, Dillingham Intermediate, Piner Middle School, Sherman High School and Perrin Learning Center.


1999: The Sherman Education Foundation was created in 1999 by a group of community leaders with a purpose of providing projects for Sherman schools that the budget could not cover. The foundation was created to fund activities and items that would enhance the learning experience for Sherman students.


18: This year’s Circle of Success event marks the 18th year for the tradition. “This event highlights what we consider to be the best of Sherman ISD,” SEF Executive Director Kathy Bickerstaff said. “We are honoring outstanding students that are produced right here in our community and exceptional educators that are representative of the entire school district. It is also a chance to award the grants for projects that are being funded by the foundation.”


$2.2 million: The amount to date raised by the SEF benefiting SISD. Every SISD campus has been affected by these grants. The money has gone to fund field trips; music and art equipment; science and technology programs; college visits; and many other innovative projects throughout the district. “The grants are important because they enhance the students’ current curriculum in the classroom,” Bickerstaff said. “These projects wouldn’t be possible without our funding because they don’t fit into the campus budgets, which are tight already. Our sponsors come together and the money that is raised is given back 100 percent into the grant project.”