POTTSBORO — Following its first fundraising campaign, the Pottsboro Education Foundation announced that it exceeded its goal, raising $137,000 to benefit Pottsboro schools.

POTTSBORO — Following its first fundraising campaign, the Pottsboro Education Foundation announced that it exceeded its goal, raising $137,000 to benefit Pottsboro schools.


The organization, which hopes to fund projects and innovative new school programs and teaching materials that are not in the school district’s budget, was founded in March of last year. For its first fundraiser, the group set an initial goal of $75,000, but increased it to $125,000 after its early success. The organization received $2,750 in honor of Cindy Looney, a former Pottsboro educator who recently died of cancer.


The Foundation issues grants to teachers based on requests and grant applications for specific projects or ideas. For its first round of grants, the PEF received 15 grant requests and approved 12. The group distributed its first round of grants in January, awarding $16,000 in funding to District teachers for projects like career-interest surveys for students and Kindle tablets for students with dyslexia.


"This grant has allowed (our students) hands-on access to a countless number of opportunities for hands-on learning," said Robin Towery, a science teacher from Pottsboro Middle School, in a press release. Towery received funding for a set of iPads for classroom use.


The Foundation plans on holding a grant writing workshop in May, to help teachers write requests in preparation for the second call for grants in September.


The PEF Board of Directors, and the 258 donors in the Founders Drive will gather at Pottsboro High School on May 22, for the unveiling of the Cardinal Wall, which is engraved with the names of all donors in the first drive.