Big Ticket Winner

KISD Education Foundation awards Cowboys tickets
By: Todd Martin
The Killeen ISD Education Foundation is on a roll with no signs of slowing down.
Once again, the foundation raised a record total in the annual Employee Contribution Campaign, totaling $126,656.
In celebration, one lucky and generous KISD employee won the prize – four tickets to a Dallas Cowboys football game next month, including parking.
Foundation Director Joyce Hodson joined campus staff members at Timber Ridge Elementary School Wednesday to surprise the big winner, Assistant Principal Carmen Hankins.
“I’m speechless,” the winner of the donor drawing said following a stream of celebration string in a surprise presentation in the school library.
A longtime fan of “America’s Team,” the assistant principal said she would definitely take her husband, Richard Hankins to the game against the Minnesota Vikings on November 10 and offer the other tickets to her two grown daughters.
After exceeding last year’s record employee contribution again, Hodson said it is the campus foundation ambassadors, generous employees and the incentive of four Cowboys game tickets that spurs on the growing contribution effort.
Advent Health has donated tickets to the Education Foundation for several years.
Robin Bodkin, the health center’s director of marketing said Advent Health leaders enjoy purchasing tickets to give away in the community in support of worthy causes like the foundation, which provides grants to teachers and scholarships to students.
“The Education Foundation does great things for teachers,” Hankins said. “I’ve always been a fan. The funds are put to good use.”
Timber Ridge Principal Tanya Dockery agreed. “We are grateful for the wonderful things the foundation does,” she said, pointing out that her school benefited from a grant last year that is paying dividends now.
The school has a new grant-funded “sensory room” where students can make use of calming activities to enhance attention and focus.
Since its inception in 2000, the KISD Education Foundation has awarded $831,214 in campus classroom grants and rebates, $411,589 in professional learning grants and $471,228 in scholarships to 314 graduating seniors.
Last year alone, the foundation awarded $260,000 in teacher grants and student scholarships, the most ever.
This year, there’s more to come.