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The Moody Foundation Funds Five GISD Grants

GALVESTON, TX (May 21, 2018) –  Galveston Independent School District is pleased to announce the recent funding of five grants from the Moody Foundation.  The five grants consist of the following; Tor Kids/ Tor Prep After School Program, Safe and Civil Schools CHAMPS, Ready, Set, Read Above!, Causeway Galveston and Galveston Career Connect


“Having the opportunity to provide additional resources to our students is crucial in our pursuit to serving the whole child. We are enormously grateful to the Moody Foundation for making these opportunities possible,” said Superintendent, Dr. Kelli Moulton. “Generation Moody is a refocus by the Moody Foundation to address and provide exceptional educational experiences for students and staff. These grants reflect incredible community-based financial support for GISD and our colleagues here on Galveston Island and the Bolivar Peninsula.”  


"The Moody Foundation is dedicated to Galveston's future, and that future begins with children and their education," said Frances Moody-Dahlberg, chairman and executive director of the Moody Foundation.


The Tor Kids/ Tor Prep After School Program grant will be used to not only give students after school care but to provide activities that include small group targeted tutoring for our most at-risk students.  This program will provide them with individualized access to online programs to improve their math and reading skills.  All activities will be in one of the three component areas:  academics, enrichment, and parent and family engagement.


The Ready, Set, Read Above! grant will be used to achieve the district initiative to ensure all students are reading on or above grade level by the end of third grade. The program focuses on Guided Reading and structured independent reading in the classroom. Through the use of best practices of coaching and teaching, students are actively engaged in well-planned reading lessons, campuses are speaking common language of Balanced Literacy, and the district is focused on strategic instruction for the academic success of all students.  


The Safe and Civil Schools CHAMPS grant will be used to continue a current program that was initially implemented as a positive management system with all campus administrators, two elementary school staff and three middle school’s staff. With the recent funding of the grant, we will move to a Trainer of Trainers model within the district.  By year three, all teachers and staff will be trained on CHAMPS with at least 5 CHAMPS trained coaches within the district. 


The Causeway Galveston grant will be used to help achieve the district’s Whole Child Initiative; part of the GISD Strategic Plan. This project will provide social and emotional learning education to middle and high school students in Galveston ISD as well as mental health services to elementary and secondary students on Galveston Island. With support and resources, our teachers and students will be better equipped to cope with any issues and thrive in any environment. 


The Galveston Career Connect (GCC) grant will be used to extend the current program for 5 years. GCC works to ensure that students served in this program graduate from high school ready to achieve their ambitions for college and a rewarding career. The GCC program offers 6 pathways in 4 industrial themes at Ball High School. GCC has built partnerships with local employers and area Institutions of Higher Education. 



About the Moody Foundation
The Moody Foundation was established by W.L. Moody, Jr. and Libbie Shearn Moody in 1942 to share their good fortune and make a difference in the lives of the people of Texas. Since then, the Moody Foundation has made more than $1.5 billion in grants throughout the state to organizations that have educated, healed, nurtured and inspired generations of Texans. Learn more at