Foundation announces $22,000 raised in events
The Jacksonville Education Foundation announced Tuesday it recently has raised more than $22,000.
The main fundraising ev-ent was a meet and greet party on Thursday. Close to 300 people attended to meet and mingle with Emmy Award-winning actress and Jacksonville High School alumna Margo Martindale and with former professional football player and Jacksonville High School alumnus Pete Lammons.
The foundation raises money for innovative classroom grants, student scholarships and learning initiatives. All money is used for educational purposes.
The foundation awarded two $1,000 classroom grants at Friday's Jacksonville ISD convocation. The recipients were Rhonda Parker, an East Side Elementary School kindergarten teacher; and Jodye Herring, a sixth-grade math teacher at Nichols Intermediate School.
Eight new Influential Indians also were recognized at convocation. Jacksonville ISD's mascot is the Indians. Someone becomes an Influential Indian when someone makes a donation to the foundation of $1,000 or more in their name.
Influential Indians are described as "members in the community that have been recognized as having made a real difference in education in Jacksonville."
New Influential Indians are Jan Gowin, Kirk Sadler, Nelda Lake, Neta Hanna, Lindy Finley, Susan Phillips, Pete Lammons and Ms. Martindale.
Rob Gowin, of Sadler's Kitchen, donated in Mrs. Gowin's and Kirk Sadler's honor; Matt and Kelly Montgomery made a donation in Mrs. Lake's honor; Mrs. Hanna's family and close friends contributed in her honor; Ms. Finley was honored by JISD Central Office staff and board members; and Ms. Phillips was recognized by Austin Bank, as was Lammons and Ms. Martindale.