Hometown Highlight: Marble Falls Education Foundation
Serving and meeting the needs of students in the Marble Falls community has been the goal of the Marble Falls Education Foundation since its beginning. The foundation, which is governed by an independent, volunteer board of directors - separate and apart from the Marble Falls ISD - desires academic excellence and student achievement in its community.
By soliciting funds from local individuals and businesses as well as raising money through fundraising efforts and public grants, the nonprofit organization helps Marble Falls students through scholarships and grants. Scholarships are based on the needs of the student’s participation in school activities such as extracurricular programs and athletics as well as chosen school and field of collegiate study. Teachers may also apply for grants through the organization’s “Grants for Great Ideas” program, which is designed “to support innovative programs or projects to support higher levels of student learning.”
One grant that students and teachers have benefited from was a student-operated coffee shop at Marble Falls High School (MFHS). The coffee shop is a hands-on project where students learn business skills and entrepreneurship. The idea of the student-run coffee shop started with a substitute teacher who helped with the Life Skills recycling program and soon became a full-time teacher at the high school and taught business and entrepreneurship classes. His students collected recyclables around campus, and the amount of coffee cups they picked up sparked his idea of starting the coffee shop. One day, he asked his students what business they would like to create on-campus, and surprisingly, most of his students responded with a “coffee shop.” The idea turned into a marketing pitch to a roomful of campus and district administration members who gave the approval for the coffee shop and received funding through the Marble Falls Education Foundation. To read the full story about the MFHS Coffee Shop Grant written by Daniel Clifton click here.
“Our goal is to help students find and obtain that direct path they are seeking and support them through their education, everything we do directly benefits the students of the district,” said Lee Ann Johnson, Marble Falls Education Foundation Board Member. “The foundation builds the community and we have successful young adults who are ready to go out in the world with support from the foundation.”
The Marble Falls Education Foundation works with many organizations and local sponsorships to gain funding throughout the year for their grants and scholarships. An upcoming event they are hosting is the “Wine, Women & Shoes” event happening Thursday, Dec. 5, from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at the Featherstone Ranch in Stonewall, Texas. This is a national organization that has raised over $75 million with their platform and will be raising funds for the Marble Falls Education Foundation at this event. The event will include wine tasting, auction items, designer shopping, fashion show, a seated dinner and more.
FirstCapital Bank of Texas is a proud sponsor of the “Wine, Women, & Shoes” event. For more information about the event, please their website here. To read more about the Marble Falls Education Foundation, please visit their website here.