estlawn Elementary School students, staff, parents and community will celebrate receiving a $5.2 million TTIPS Grant on Friday, March 31 from 1:45 – 2:15 p.m. The event will be held in the school cafeteria, 410 Westlawn Drive.
Texas Title I Priority Schools (TTIPS) grant monies are made available under Section 1003(g) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently authorized under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) distributes TTIPS grants to campuses that demonstrate the greatest need for and strongest commitment to use the funds.
Westlawn Elementary School was one of 18 campuses in Texas to receive the four (4) year grant to be used from 2016 – 2020. A total of 90 schools applied for funds.
“Our grant application was centered around the theme of improving literacy,” shared Paul Norton, Superintendent of Schools. “We want to create an overall transformation at Westlawn – from the school, to the child, to the teacher. I have no doubt that this wonderfully exciting grant will allow us to do just that.”
With the grant monies, Westlawn Elementary will do a complete literacy revamp of the classroom and the library with rich books that will help to instill a love of learning and reading among all students. Additional summer camps, field trips, after school programs and technology will be added for students. Home backpacks will be made available to all students that include more books for reading and activities for children and their parents to work together.
Parents and Guardians of Westlawn Elementary students will also benefit from the grant through the inclusion of Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families programming. Classes will present a practical and philosophical guide to solving problems – large and small, mundane and extraordinary – that confront all families and strong communities. The campus will introduce and implement adult classes on technology, reading and career planning.
With the campus focus on literacy, all teachers will be trained to become literacy and mathematics specialists, focusing on building literacy through all content areas. Teachers will receive extra professional development programs, curriculum and technical support and have the opportunity to earn stipends and incentives through the grant years.