Community funds support new ACE program

Just a month into the transformation of two Garland ISD schools, the district’s Accelerating Campus Excellence (ACE) program is already receiving support from the community. GISD was recently selected for a $125,000 grant from the W.W. Caruth Jr. Foundation Fund at Communities Foundation of Texas.

This generous donation will help Handley Elementary School and Lyles Middle School as they provide students a proven platform for closing achievement and opportunity gaps, which includes identifying specific staff members who can best meet the individual needs of students to ensure their academic, social and emotional success. New features for ACE campuses include an extended school day, which allows for increased instructional time to focus on critical subjects like English and math, tutoring, homework help and more. ACE campuses also stay open until 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, offering a variety of enrichment activities. Because a priority of the program is to provide for social and emotional care, many other basic needs are also provided. Some of these include discounted uniforms, breakfast, lunch and dinner, and free evening transportation on Monday through Thursday for students who stay until 6 p.m. Additionally, the team of highly effective educators recruited for these campuses were hand-picked from across GISD, offered an opportunity to earn financial incentives and the chance to co-build a dynamic and transformative learning environment alongside talented peers.

Lyles Middle Schools will receive some extra support as well thanks to the 2018-20 School Transformation Fund—Implementation Grant from the Texas Education Agency. Lyles was one of just 30 schools across the state to be chosen for this award.

“We have seen such incredible transformation in just one month,” said Chief Academic Officer Jovan Wells. “We now look forward to the continued and increased success that our students and campuses will experience as part of ACE. We also appreciate the W.W. Caruth Jr. Foundation Fund at Communities Foundation of Texas and the TEA for their support of our program.”