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Pottsboro ISD Education Foundation raises thousands of dollars

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POTTSBORO, TX -- Concern for funding in Texoma schools isn't a new topic. But how one district handled the issue is.

One year ago, in a Pottsboro ISD conference room A group of educators, parents, and community members came together.

"Their hard work and dedication," said Dr. Kevin Matthews, Pottsboro Superintendent, "number one their energy has allowed Pottsboro ISD the Education Foundation to collect over $137,000 this- actually less than one year."

The Education Foundation set out to raise money through vendors and donators in the community, but Executive Director Lucy Hansen says she was amazed by the response they got.

"We definitely are truly blessed to know that people think so highly of us," said Hansen, "and what we're doing here at Pottsboro ISD."

Hansen says that the board passed their initial goal of $75,000, then surpassed their second goal of a $125,000.

Nine grants have already been awarded in the district.

"They present it with this huge check and the kids were like she's won the lottery," said Greg-Ellen Hancock, counselor and grant winner. "I was like no, no, no. This is for you guys."

The money will go towards classroom technology -- such as iPads for science courses and even career-oriented field trips to local colleges.

Parents are pleased with the results too.

"It means a lot to have people come together in the community," said Asa Jesse, Pottsboro parent and board member, "and help fund those extra things that the children can do and that my children will be able to take advantage of that in the same way."

Hansen tells KTEN the foundation already has plans for fundraising this year and looks forward to the second call for grants in September.