Tuloso-Midway ISD Education Foundation said thank you to its supporters during the Donor Appreciation Reception on April 3. The event was held at First National Bank with close to 100 business people, community leaders, teachers, parents and students in attendance.

School officials said the event was "a celebration of student achievement and community partnership."

The foundation recently awarded $40,889 to 44 teachers in its fifth round of grants. Overall, it has given away over $135,000 in innovative teaching grants to T-M teachers since January 2005. The funds awarded are raised through the private donors throughout the area.

The event brought together donors and teachers who have been awarded grants funded by the foundation. The reception featured presentations by teacher Minerva Trevino and her fifth-grade Texas Future Problem Solvers team; and primary school teachers Trish Yaklin, Amy Brundeen, Dorothy Guerrero and Alejandra Quintanilla, who talked about a software program for first graders.

Also on hand that night, the middle school flute and clarinet ensembles, directed by Priscilla Vega, performed for attendees, while T-M High School aero-science students and their teacher, Chris Schulz, discussed their rocket project. The program is the first of its kind in the area.

The T-M High School band ensembles, directed by Ray Sanchez, also provided pre-program music.