On November 30, 2016 the Bullard Education Foundation put on their capes and landed at each campus of Bullard ISD to present nearly $42,000 in innovative grants to teachers and staff. A total of 20 grants were issued during the 2016 Grants for Excellence event. All six Bullard ISD campus received grant awards, meaning the entire district student body will benefit from innovative teaching tools, resources and hands-on applications provided by these grants. "This marks our eighth year of awarding innovative teaching grants, and the staff of Bullard ISD has once again come up with some awesome innovative ways of teaching 'outside the box'" stated BEF President, Tisha White. This is our 8th year and in that time we have awarded just under $332,000 back to BISD schools, teachers and students.

"Grant Day is an awarding day for so many. Our Education Foundation members work diligently all year to raise funds for this day and seeing the smiles on the faces of the students and district employees is priceless.  We've stayed true to our mission and hope that we are continuing to positively affect this district and community" continued White. 

In order for a grant request to qualify for awarding, it must innovative, researched, have significant impact on student learning, and not be eligible for normal district funding.
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Super Readers Move and Learn $692.59
Kindergarten
“Super Readers Move and Learn” includes equipment such as balance boards, trampoline, hand writing aid sets, and bean cushions to help with fine and gross motor skills. By providing additional help with fine and gross motor skills “Super Readers Move and Learn” will promote reading and writing.
Leveled Literacy Intervention Kit $3143.97
3rd and 4th Grade
A kit of online resources, level books, writing books, lesson guides, and F&P calculators, reading record App for the ipads and timers for 3rd and 4th grade to allow phonics, reading and writing strategies to be integrated together.
Bookin’ It $2,286.15
Third Grade Reading and language arts
“Bookin’ IT” provides 28 sets of current novels for students to use in a “book club”. The Book Club will allow students to have a choice in what they read, to voice their thoughts about what they have read, and time to read.
Aim 4 PIE $550.00
1st and 2nd grade PE
“Aim 4 PIE” is an activity that combines academics and social elements in the PE classroom. While playing “Aim 4 PIE” students will incorporate spelling skills, letter recognition, sight word recognition and math skills.
Sensory Room $4928.00
1st and 2nd grade
A sensory room for the Life Skills program to help address the diverse individual needs of students with disabilities. The Sensory Room will a variety of equipment that is designed to foster their intellectual, social, and emotional development.
Oh the Places we go While Reading $1268.52
First grade
A departmental grant for the 1st grade to incorporate movement in the classroom with kinesthetic equipment. The grant includes 12 stationary bikes with book trays to allow students to remain active while learning.
Bucket Drumming $376.95
1st and 2nd grade music
“Bucket Drumming” utilizes 5 gallon buckets to encourage music appreciation, collaboration in a group, social interaction skills, extension of math skills and improve self-esteem within the music room.
Taking Science to the Max $495.86
“Taking Science to the Max” is a series of graphic novels that teach science and problem solving while using the scientific method.
VersaTile Learners $892.19
An active alternative to practice workbooks. It combines the challenge of a puzzle with standards-aligned skills practice. Learners use an answer case to complete activities, in which numbered tiles are used to indicate answers to the activity’s multiple-choice questions.
Circle of Life $555.29
“The Circle of Life” allows learners to predict, observe, infer, record, and measure the life cycles and metamorphosis of three different insects and students will be able to share the experience of dissecting owl pellets.
There’s what in my yogurt? $3898.80
6th grade science
A science project where students will discover and observe living prokaryotic cells (bacteria) that are found in yogurt they eat. The students will become experts at preparing slides and using the microscope to view living specimens.
Stop Seating Still! $5,000
5th and 6th grade
Innovative seating for the classroom including standing desk, wobble chairs, activity tables and moving mind cycles to help keep students attention on their school work as opposed to fidgeting or slouching.
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Green House
Green House
Flipping the Script The Nearpod Experience $4000.00
A cross curricular nearpod system and virtual reality kit allowing students to make real connections with these places and events through virtual reality. Nearpod is best described as a way for sharing educational content.
Hands on Task $1000.00
7th and 8th 
“Hands on Task” is a collection of jobs made up of various skills used for students to learn various prevocational and vocational skills. These jobs cover a wide range of ability level from beginner to advanced and the skill can be generalized to the home setting.
Las Revistas Espanolas $1,153.08
9-12th grade Spanish
A year’s subscription of Spanish magazines for extended language learning. These magazines include access to online videos of authentic speakers that correlate to the reading, an online language lab, and an archive of reaching resources.
Computer Drawing Tablets $2,125.00
9-12th grade
25 Computer drawing tablets for editing images, graphic and video gaming design while also allowing students to develop fine motor skills. The drawing tablets will also allow students to become familiar with alternative input devices for computers.
You Can Learn Where? $4660.24
9-12th grades
An outdoor classroom for 9-12 th grades with tables and benches to provide an alternative to the standard indoor classroom. The outdoor classroom will provide a place for students to study as well as eat lunch and be active during breaks.