All In for the Foundation

Trimmier teacher Rowena Sablan won Cowboys tickets
By: Todd Martin
More than ever, contributing to the Killeen ISD Education Foundation is the cool thing to do and more than ever, generosity is paying off.
Foundation Director Joyce Hodson announced Friday that the non-profit organization that benefits students and educators through grants for classroom projects and professional development raised more than ever before in this year’s employee campaign.
She made the announcement at Trimmier Elementary School while awarding fifth-grade teacher Rowena Sablan, Education Foundation donor and drawing winner of four tickets to the Dallas Cowboys home game on Thanksgiving Day.
At Trimmier, staff members who contribute at least $50 to the campaign get to wear jeans on Fridays and get into the drawing for the game tickets.
Even as her students cheered her on and Hodson and other guests took photos and presented her with balloons, card and an envelope with game tickets inside, the teacher looked shocked.
After pausing a moment, Sablan expressed her excitement. “I contributed to the foundation,” she said. “I really wasn’t thinking about the Cowboys tickets. I am definitely a fan, though.”
Plenty of students and colleagues offered to accompany the surprised teacher to the holiday game against the Washington Redskins at the AT&T Center.
The fifth-grade teacher will be treating her 23-year-old son, Justin, who is a college student and her parents, Maria and Justin Argallon. Her husband, a soldier, is deployed.
“I’ve never been to a game,” she said. “My dad will be so excited.” He and the rest of the family will get to enjoy the game from the 12th row, courtesy of Metroplex Health System.
With the foundation’s annual employee contribution campaign officially completed, Hodson said the $106,975 was a record total. The participation total of 2,090 was also a record and well above the organization’s goal.
“It’s all about the kids. I love Killeen,” Sablan said. After teaching in KISD many years, the military spouse moved away with her family and then returned to the Fort Hood area and to KISD.
Trimmier Elementary School raised $2,520. Assistant Principal Joshua DeLoach said raising money for the foundation makes sense because it supports KISD students and staff.
“Obviously, giving back to kids is first and foremost,” he said. “The Education Foundation gives directly to students and teachers. Everyone knows it. We see the contributions paying off. It’s awesome.”