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Celebration Express Surprises Klein Oak and Wunderlich
Klein ISD Education Foundation kicks off spirit of giving with three grants
Dec. 7, 2012 - The Klein ISD Education Foundation's (KEF) Celebration Express hit the pavement for the 12th-straight year, bringing tidings and joy to two campuses in the Klein ISD. Klein Oak was the first stop as the campus received two grants totaling $8,900, followed by Wunderlich Intermediate who became the fourth Klein ISD campus to receive a $25,000 Lead the Spark award. The KEF has now gifted $1,103,152 since 2001.

"The Foundation continues its support of new and innovative projects to nurture the advanced thinking of 21st century teachers and learners in the district," said Cindy Doyle, director of the KEF and community relations. "Each of these grants will empower Klein ISD students to grow beyond the typical classroom learning environment by encouraging them to think 'outside the box' with the availability of new, enhanced equipment and resources."
Klein Oak won two grants for equipment to enhance student learning opportunities for both its health sciences and science departments. The first was for the Vital Skills, Vital Signs initiative sponsored by Durotech, Inc., which will provide state of the art equipment for students to learn the foundational health occupation skill of measuring and monitoring vital signs. Students will study curriculum involving temperature, pulse and respiration, prepare for clinical rotations, and engage in practices for competitions at Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) events.

The second KOHS award was for Out of Balance, funded by Campus Kids, LLC, to provide portable digital electronic balances
that can be easily used in or out of classrooms in chemistry, physics and biology. These instruments will help increase the availability of conducting experiments, especially in locations where laboratory spaces may not be readily available.

"We are very fortunate to have the support of the Foundation because their grants have allowed our teachers to seek out resources that supplement engaging activities, enhance learning and increase academic achievement for our students," said principal Ron Webster. Klein Oak has garnered a KEF grant award for four-straight years (2009-2012), and it is the third time the campus has won two awards in the same giving period.

The Lead the Spark grant, funded by Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott LLP, supports Our Students Care About Reading (O.S.C.A.R.) program at Wunderlich which began this school year. This program makes high-interest novels available for students on campus, and allows them to participate in cooperative learning strategies, literature circles, flexible reading groups, student-teacher conferences and reading response activities.

"We are so excited and grateful for the Education Foundation because their support and funding makes such a big difference in the future of our children," expressed principal Brian Greeney, Ed.D. "We believe that the more kids read the more they will be successful in academics and their lives, and this grant will enable us to grow the O.S.C.A.R. program for many years to come."

At the end of the year, students will work in teams to create movie trailers to depict the novel through creative and interactive pieces. Then, a panel of teachers, students and community members will vote for the best movie trailers and winners will be announced at the O.S.C.A.R. Wunderlich Film Festival. This is the second grant award won by Wunderlich Intermediate to date, with the first in 2001 when the KEF began its grant program.

"Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott LLP is our largest donor, and their annual contribution enables the Foundation to make a significant contribution to the educational opportunities on campuses," noted Doyle.

D’Arwyn Daniels has represented the firm on the Celebration Express for two years now, and serves on the KEF executive board. He also lives in the district and believes in being hands-on in representing his firm’s commitment to education in Klein ISD.

"This is a very important opportunity to Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott LLP each year to support our community and schools," said Daniels. "It's especially important to me as my daughter attends school in the district, and it's wonderful to be able to see the Education Foundation in action and be a small part of it."

To read more information about each grant winner, click here. For photos from the Fall 2012 Celebration Express, click here. For more information and to join in the spirit of giving, visit