Dear Education Foundation Supporters:

I am honored to have served as President of the Education Foundation Board of Directors for 2013. Founded in 2000 by a group of concerned citizens with a purpose to serve ECISD teachers and students, we are proud to have become one of the most active and successful School Foundations across the Lone Star State.

As a proud product of ECISD myself, I know first hand how important it is to give teachers and students as many opportunities to succeed as possible. The Education Foundation does just that! Innovative Teaching Grants help open the eyes of students and awaken their desire to learn through unique methods and projects that might otherwise be overlooked due to lack of funding through the District. Proven programs like AVID allow students to focus on their future through learning techniques that teach them life-long skills that spark their desire to continue their education beyond high school. We are proud to be one of the few City’s that offer the AVID program at every grade level, as well as at the college level. Our AVID students also have the opportunity to gain college experience and credits in high school through our dual credit scholarship program, as well as scholarship dollars at Odessa College and The University of Texas of the Permian Basin.

Food2Kids is an amazing program, which puts food in the hands of hungry children for the weekend. Serving more than 1,100 students in ECISD, the Education Foundation is proud to have joined the Junior League of Odessa, Inc. and the Food Bank in starting this community program that has now grown to serve more students in need. If students are hungry, they can’t focus on learning. Now, thanks to this program, that is one less issue these students must face.

All of these programs and opportunities would not be available to our teachers and students in ECISD if it weren’t for supporters of the Education Foundation. Whether it’s through attending our Annual Concert that brings the Coliseum to life, or making a donation in honor or memory of a loved one, you are the one who makes these things happen. Our Board of Directors is proud of our Mission: To be the catalyst for opportunity through education. We are a group of people who believe in this Mission and are passionate about ECISD and the success of our students, who are the future of our community.

I personally thank you for supporting this cause and ask that you continue to help us make ECISD and the Education Foundation thrive. Join us as we continue down this important path in making sure our Community’s public education system is of the highest quality possible. Our teachers and students deserve nothing but the best, so why strive for anything less?

Blessings –

Renee Henderson Earls

The mission of the Education Foundation is to be the catalyst for opportunity through education.

The Education Foundation provides a new and innovative source of funding to support the school district's educational plan. The Foundation does not attempt to replace lost state funding, nor does it attempt to take the place of the district's operating budget. When considering the level of funding required to educate students, the Foundation can expect only to provide funds more