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Education Foundation awards teaching grant
COLDSPRING -- The Coldspring- Oakhurst Consolidated Independent School District (COCISD) Education Foundation awarded a $1,500 teaching grant to Coldspring-Oakhurst High School teacher Ronda Underwood and the COHS yearbook staff in a surprise "Prize Parade" on Thursday, Oct. 24. COCISD Superintendent Jerry Gibson, COHS Principal Todd White and members of the COEF board of directors carrying flowers, balloons and a giant check were escorted to Underwood's classroom by the Mighty Trojan Drumline, led by COHS Band Director Peter Muller. The group surprised Underwood and her yearbook class with the award, which will be used to purchase camera equipment for the yearbook staff. "It was exciting to see her (Underwood) receive the money," said Superintendent Jerry Gibson. "I'm proud to be a part of a school district that has an education foundation that works as hard as they do to help our teachers. I know our yearbook class will go to a new level as a result of this award." The award was a result of the COEF Fall Innovative Teaching Grant cycle, the second grant cycle since the education foundation was formed in 2011. A volunteer board of directors composed of business, community and educational leaders governs the foundation with the vision "to enhance educational opportunities and student success" for COCISD. The group supports student programs, projects and initiatives that do not receive tax-based funding. They hold various fundraisers throughout the year to raise money to fund these opportunities, and are the hosts of the annual spring Academic Banquet honoring COHS top 10 graduating seniors.