By Michelle Vineyard
Boots & Bling was the theme for the Kerens Education Foundation Gala, held November 4th at 6 pm, in the historic Stockton Building in the heart of downtown Kerens.
An estimated crowd of 240 people gathered to help support the mission of the Kerens Education Foundation- to support the vision of excellence in education at Kerens Independent School District, and to provide funding for the support of educational and charitable projects and activities that directly impact the students and families of Kerens.
Entertainment for the evening was provided by the musical stylings of Bill Hyder, while the food was provided by Big 6. The student members of the Kerens Student Council served dinner, with special desserts created by Kerens student and baking entrepreneur, Veronica Convento. There were also door prizes, a gun raffle, a silent auction, and a live auction.
Dr Kevin Fegan, Navarro College President made an appearance as the Signature Sponsor, to provide commentary on the importance of “community” in education. A group of Kerens teachers that were recipients of prior grants, spoke of how they utilized the funding to improve education in their respective classrooms for items such as hands-on programs and learning games, experiments, digital microscopes, virtual reality headsets for virtual field trips, and camera equipment for the new photography class.
Mrs. Kaycee Hill and Mrs. Jamie McGlone, 3rd and 4th grade math teachers, spoke on their theme “Math matters”, and the impact of providing their students with hands-on learning and games. Mrs. Misti Christenberry spoke of starting the new photojournalism courses, and how she struggled without having funds budgeted for the budding program, as a result of funding she has been able to provide sports pictures and banners that have been displayed around the football field for home games. She has also been able to produce Bobcat News, which gives the students an opportunity to create their own news with campus happenings. The main theme from each teacher that spoke was their dedication to improving the education experience for the students in their care and their thankfulness that the Foundation was able to step in to help fill those needs.