The KCISD Foundation was founded in 2010 in order to emphasize and encourage the overall educational opportunities and academic success for all students of the KCISD.
The KCISD Foundation raises money through various fundraisers and events in order to provide more funds for teachers to greatly enhance the learning experience of their students. The Foundation also promotes various learning initiatives as well, according to Foundation officials.
KCISD Foundation vice-president Debbie Witte presented to the board various grants that will soon be awarded to KCISD campuses in an amount totaling $8,282.84. The grants will be awarded sometime in the near future and will be used for educational purposes such as promoting reading, instructional technology, and specific academic and subject enhancements. The board unanimously approved for the district to accept the grants.
KCISD Foundation president Eric Opiela then addressed the board regarding some of the events and initiatives the Foundation puts on and supports, which include:
*The Karnes County STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) Initiative. STEM is meant to provide students the “opportunity to advance in and apply academics in” the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.
*The annual gala/fundraiser for the Foundation will be Feb. 9 at Panna Maria Hall and will feature country music singer John Wayne Schulz and will be a Valentine’s Day theme.
*The second annual senior celebration will be held this spring at a date yet to be determined. The event is to celebrate the senior class, as the seniors in turn honor the teachers that have individually influenced them the most.
“We want to have something to honor the achievement of all our seniors,” said Opiela of the event. “It also gives them an opportunity to recognize the teachers that brought them to the point of graduation.”
Opiela was a graduate of Karnes City High School himself and states that he shares a common vision with others to see education opportunities that foster great success among every current and future student of KCISD.
“I want to improve the education opportunities of those who come after me,” said Opiela after the meeting. “That’s my main motivation for working with these initiatives. I want students who go to school in Karnes County to have the best education possible. I think it’s a great environment for kids for many reasons. We want them to achieve anything they want to.”