2015 Grantee Luncheon

August 13, 2015

This year’s Grantee Luncheon was held at the Scottish Rite on August 13, 2015. The luncheon was a chance to honor grantees from 2014/2015, award Mini-Grants for Teachers for the 2015/2016 school year and make the exciting announcement about our name change.


We are so honored to be able to support all our grantees. This past year, each grant funded has made a significant difference in Lubbock and the surrounding communities. This difference is seen in the way in which each organization provides services to meet the needs in our communities.


The five impact areas of focus for the foundation are Arts & Culture, Animals, Basic Needs and Self Sufficiency, Education/Youth, Civic, Social and Economic Development.


Congratulations to the following five organizations who were awarded $500 awards:

  • Ballet Lubbock

  • Baptist Child & Family Services

  • Refuge Services

  • High Point Village

  • CrossView Christian Camp

Baptist Child & Family Services received the Impact Award and a $1000 award.




Mini-Grants for Teachers

The Foundation has been giving out Mini-Grants for Teachers since 1997. The program is designed for K-12 schools (public and private) in the South Plains area. This program provides small grants to elementary and secondary school teachers to enable them to try out creative teaching techniques and buy enriching teaching materials not provided for in school.


Funding for the Mini-Grants for Teachers is generously provided by:

  • South Plains Foundation

  • Parkhill Smith & Cooper

  • Diekemper Family Foundation

  • Odyssey Endowment

  • E.A. Franklin Charitable Trust

  • Audrey Divilbiss

  • Bill Bigham Endowment

  • Rushing Family Foundation

  • Larry and Mary Lee Franklin Endowment

Since 1997, the Mini-Grants for Teachers program has awarded grants to 419 teachers in 120 schools in 19 school districts. This year, we were able to fund 44 teachers.


The Mini-Grants for Teachers awarded this year were:


Abernathy Elementary School    Ollie Hart             Being versatile with VersaTiles

Abernathy Elementary School    Jana Simmons   Technology in the Classroom

Alderson Elementary School        Glenda Heath    Independent Reading

All Saints Episcopal High School  Melissa Wafer-Cross       All Saint Literary Magazine

All Saints Episcopal High School  Paula Wims         Weaving for Warmth

All Saints Episcopal School            Karen Phillips     From Mexico to the Moon!

All Saints Episcopal School            Karen Gretzler   The Centered Library

Coronado High School    Julie Goodloe    Communion Project

Crestview Elementary School      Carol Games      Poetry in Motion

Crosbyton Middle School              Vicki Sellers        Touching the Wind

Dunbar College Preparatory Academy    Alicia Lee             Operation “I Can Read”

Dunbar College Preparatory Academy    Amy Crump        Engaging Educational Environment

Dunbar College Preparatory Academy    Maci Chapman  Improving Memory & Engagement through Music

Dupre Elementary School             Nancy Krebbs   Life as a Citizen

Evans Middle School       Amy Drake          Foreign Language Magazines for Real Life Reading

Frenship Heritage Middle School               Jeremy Wagner GEAR Robotics Kits

Frenship Heritage Middle School               Travis Tate Albright         Literature Cirlces

Frenship Middle School Ida Cisneros       Literature Cirlce Variety

Frenship Middle School Morgan Dixon    Nonfiction Biography

Jayne Ann Miller               Laura Mora Cook              El Program Español after school Spanish Enrichment

Levelland Christian School            Julie Richardson                Transforming Power of Art

Lubbock Cooper North Elementary           Kerry Johnston  Pirate Summer Enrichment Camp

New Home ISD  Sabrina Multer  Elementary Robotics

New Home ISD  Tara Lehman      Clay Works

Plainview Christian Academy      Jill Brown             Readers are Succeeders

Plainview Christian Academy      Claudia Howel   Hands on History Artifact Bags

Plainview Christian Academy      Gayle Quigley    Let’s Make Graphing Fun

Post Elementary School Crystal Osborn  Pioneering Through the Texas Regions

Post Elementary School Raeline Reece    Gifted and Talented Enrichment

Roy Roberts Elementary School Myra Robinson Kindles in a 5th Grade Classroom

Sharp Academy Raymond Cortez, Jr.        Delta Education Science Modules

Sharp Academy Manda Lozano   SOI (Structure of Intellect)

Sharp Academy Rose Hunter       Art Supplies

Sharp Academy Lauren Jones      Study Skills & Choices Training

Southcrest Christian School         Vanessa Bruce   Learning to Type

Southcrest Christian School         Kristi Rogers       Click It Learning

Southcrest Christian School         Jamie Petmecky Science Investigations

Southcrest Christian School         Mary Blair            Reusable Resources for Literacy Learning Centers

Southcrest Christian School         Kristin Holly        Daily 5

Spur Elementary School Pat Hightower   Oh, Mother Earth

St. Joseph Catholic School            Karen Hybner    Charged Up for Science!

Trinity Christian Elementary School          Clarissa Hayes   Bringing the real world into the math classroom

Whiteface Middle School              Latasha Pererault             Robotics Initiative

Wright Elementary School            Angela Shepard Integrating Math & Science into Literacy Programs


Pictured in Photo above: 


Back row:

Rodney Cates (Board member and Suddenlink), Brandon Hamilton (Merrill Lynch – Underwriters), Mike Wood (Merrill Lynch – Underwriters), Randy Mandrell (Refuge Services – Honoree), Jeff Klotzman (Board Chair and RAMAR Communications), George Torres (Lubbock Animal Services – Presenter), Nick Draga (Ballet Lubbock – Honoree), Alan Wolfe (Parkhill Smith & Cooper – Mini-Grants Donor)


Front Row:

Marisa Chapa (Baptist Children & Family Services – Honoree and Impact Award winner), Alona Beesinger (Suddenlink – Presenter), Louise Cummins (Volunteer – Presenter), Sheryl Cates (Foundation President), Jennifer Schmidt (CrossView Christian Camp – Honoree), and Becky Crites (High Point Village – Honoree)


Photo by Christy Martinez-Garcia/LLM



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