Category Archives: PISD Education Foundation

PISD Education Foundation: President’s Perspective

Dear Foundation Friends,

On March 5, 2016, we will host An Evening for Education: Innovation in Flight, our inaugural gala to recognize donors, honor the history of our great school district and raise funds for the future of education and our innovative teaching grant awards.

Emceed by Pearland ISD head football coaches Tony Heath and Eric Wells, this high-flying adventure will take place at The 1940 Air Terminal Museum and includes dinner and live entertainment.12508884_1084529068245048_8375498657078346581_n
For more information and to purchase your tickets online, please visit the Annual Giving Campaign and Gala website.

Please join us for a swinging good time for a great cause!


Jeff Barry

Board President


Pearland ISD Education Foundation unveils donor recognition monument

The permanent recognition wall, an in-kind donation by ADDI Digital Printing, is located in the lobby of the Pearland ISD Education Support Center at 1928 North Main and honors the founding donors of the Pearland ISD Education Foundation.

The permanent recognition wall, an in-kind donation by ADDI Digital Printing, is located in the lobby of the Pearland ISD Education Support Center at 1928 North Main and honors the founding donors of the Pearland ISD Education Foundation.

The Pearland Independent School District Education Foundation celebrated the unveiling of the Founding Donor Recognition Wall at its regular board meeting May 20.

This new permanent structure sits in the Pearland ISD Education Support Center lobby and showcases the 95 founding donors who contributed over $150,000 during the Founder’s Campaign drive.

ADDI Printing & Promotions, recently nominated as Small Business of the Year by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, designed and installed the recognition wall as an in-kind donation to the foundation.

“We feel that the Pearland ISD Education Foundation is an investment. Our children will benefit from teachers with innovative classroom ideas that can impact their future and make learning more interesting,” Drew Dietrich, co-owner of ADDI, said.

With educators in both families, Dietrich and Gareth Blackett, fellow ADDI owner, know how hard teachers work and how rarely they are recognized for their efforts. “We believe in the Pearland ISD Education Foundation and the grant awards that help teachers build a better learning environment for our children,” added Blackett.

The donor recognition wall was the perfect ending to a successful year, according to foundation president, Jeff Barry. “We are thankful for community supporters like ADDI Printing & Promotions, who invested in the establishment of the Pearland ISD Education Foundation.”

Barry continued, “We now look forward to next year with our 2nd Annual Grown-up Spelling Bee on October 22, a formal gala event to be held next spring, and another cycle of innovative teaching grants.”

For more information about supporting the foundation, visit or contact Natalie Clogston, foundation coordinator, at or 281-997-4987.

Menchie’s to Offer Free Frozen Yogurt During Grand Opening


PISD Education Foundation eNewsletter: April, 2015


Dear Foundation Friends,

In honor of Earth Day 2015, we are proud to spotlight Ms. Kritzler and her Shadycrest Elementary Scent-sational Garden in this month’s edition.

This earth-friendly project would not be possible without the support of Pearland ISD Education Foundation and generous contributors like you.

To read more about this grant-winning project and others funded through the Pearland ISD Education Foundation, please visit our Grants in Action page.

Thank you for your support of outstanding teachers, like Ms. Kritzler, and their innovative ideas that enhance teaching and inspire learning in Pearland ISD.


Jeff Barry, Board President

Foundation Receives Two Gold Stars

TSPRAThe Pearland ISD Communications Team swept up four awards at the 2015 Texas School Public Relations Association Conference in February.

The Pearland ISD Education Foundation was recognized for two gold stars.


Hometown Live Feature: Makerspace

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Pearland HS librarian, Lynette McManus, and her students for its Hometown Live feature.

Makerspace is an interactive creation station funded in part through the Innovative Teaching Grants Program.

Watch Hometown Live segment 

Pear_Logo_EF_finalThe Pearland ISD Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, tax-exempt organization. Although it coordinates its efforts with the school district, it operates as an independent charitable organization.

Mission: The Pearland ISD Education Foundation provides resources to enrich teaching, inspire learning and enhance opportunities for Pearland ISD students.

1928 N. Main | Pearland, TX 77581 | 281.997.4987

For questions/comments about the foundation, send us an e-mail!

Menchie’s Pearland celebrates Grand Opening with free frozen yogurt


5537cdb570844.imageMenchie’s Frozen Yogurt will open a new location in Pearland, located at 2680 Pearland Pkwy, Ste. 130, on April 27.

To celebrate, Menchie’s will hold a seven-day grand opening celebration from Saturday, May 2 until Friday, May 8.

On May 2, customers can enjoy one 8 oz. cup of free frozen yogurt from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Other fun surprises on the other days include: free giveaways including t-shirts, Menchie’s merchandise and family-friendly activities, such as free face painting.

In addition to the grand opening activities, the franchisees of this location will be donating 10% of the proceeds made during May 2 to the Pearland ISD Education Foundation.

For more information, visit

MOD Pizza Donates to PISD Education Foundation

MOD Pizza Donation

MOD Pizza donated $2,708 to the Pearland ISD Education Foundation yesterday. Rick Dixon with MOD says that the Pearland location is one of their biggest! Visit MOD at 2682 Pearland Parkway or on the web at

Pearland Crawfish Festival Promises Good Times For All

PCF_Logo_headerIt’s almost time for the Pearland Crawfish Festival, sponsored by the Pearland Convention and Visitors Bureau! The party will start on Friday April 10 and will continue through Sunday April 12.

This year, the Festival will take place in the field next to Pearland Parks & Recreation, located at 4141 Bailey Rd. Parking will be off-site for $5 per vehicle and shuttles will be provided to avoid any traffic congestion.

Bob Fuldauer with event producer Turn To Productions, LLC says that this year will be the best yet. “Last year, there was a problem with the crawfish lines because we ran out. That was my fault. I knew there was an 80% chance of rain and didn’t expect so many people to come out! We have remedied any chance of that happening this year with insuring the crawfish,” he said.

Yes, even crawfish can be insured.

Fuldauer added that the Parks and Rec grounds are even more spacious than the areas used previously. “We’ll have more than enough room,” he said.

This year’s beneficiaries are the Pearland ISD Education Foundation, Forever Parks Foundation of Pearland, Pearland Arts Organizations and The Houston Blues Society.

Scheduled entertainment includes the Zydeco Dots, Angry Sausage, Lance Lopez, San Bound Texas, Al White, Darbi Shaun, Benastar, Dem Roots Band, Randy Meadows Band, Cecil Shaw, BonTon Mickey, The Feel, Fidelity Maxx, Beggars Union and the Platinum Players on the Bayou Stage and Seawall Graffiti, Treynwreck, John McVey, Eric Demmer, Diunna Greenleaf, John Del Toro Richardson Band, Tommy Dardar, Matthew Brodnax Band, Rusted Avenue, Mighty Orq, Brad Absher and Swamp Royale, Annika Chambers, Steve Krase Band with Trudy Lynn, Evelyn Rubio, Dave Nevling, Eugene Moody, Great Scott and the Almighties, John Egan, No Refund Band and Luther and the Healers on the Houston Blues Society Stage.

Plenty of vendors will be out offering their wares and the Festival is offering Peter’s Wildlife Reptiles and Iguana Races, Armadillo Races, the Splash Dogs and the John Strong Sideshow, featuring the Strange Girls Show (female sword swallower, fire eater, bed of nails, rubber girl) and other sideshow oddities.

Of course, there will be plenty of crawfish, catered by Swamp Shack! Also offered will be alligator, bacon-wrapped crawfish dogs, baked potatoes, BBQ, boudin, Cajun fries, Cajun sausage, Cajun smoked turkey legs, catfish and fries, chicken finger baskets and much more.

Admission is $16 for a three-day pass, or $6 for an adult one-day pass if purchased in advance. Tickets at the door will be $21 for a three-day pass and $8 for an adult one-day pass. Children 12 and under and Military in uniform get in free.

The Festival hours will be Friday and Saturday (April 10 and 11) from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday (April 12) from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For information and tickets, visit

Pearland ISD Education Foundation Surpasses Goals

Carleston Elementary teacher, grant recipient and Founding Donor Brian Berlin.

Carleston Elementary teacher, grant recipient and Founding Donor Brian Berlin.

The Pearland ISD Education Foundation held an event to thank its Founding Donors on Wednesday (March 4) at Golfcrest Country Club. They also delivered some surprises to their audience.

Founding Donors are individuals and businesses who donated at least $1,000 to the Founder’s Campaign, which ended on Feb. 28. The fundraising goal had been set at $150,000, and President Jeff Barry delivered the good news that over $200,000 had actually been raised.

Barry also announced that the dollar amount available for teaching grants would not be $30,000 as previously thought, but closer to $100,000.

“We are excited to have these funds available,” said Barry. “That doesn’t mean that we are giving $100,000 in grants. It means that we could give it away. It all depends on the quality of the grant applications.”

Superintendent Dr. John Kelly provided some statistics that ranked Pearland ISD in the top 12 school districts in the state, according to factors such as SAT scores, student retention and graduation rates. “Pearland doesn’t receive as much state funding as some of our neighboring towns,” said Kelly. “That being said, we surpass them in many ways. That says a lot about PISD.”

Brian Berlin, a teacher at Carleston Elementary and one of the 13 grant winners in 2014, shared his story with the Founding Donors, assuring them that their generosity would be well spent.

Berlin’s innovative project, “Accordion Keyboard Learning Laboratory,” has been one of the more successful music projects in the district. “I have 29 accordions in my classroom, so there’s one for each student,” said Berlin. “I have students and parents ask me all the time about the accordions. They are a big hit and I believe we are the only district in the state that uses them.”

The event was sponsored by Pearland Medical Center.

According to its website, “The Pearland ISD Education Foundation has been created to support the educational programs for both the students and staff of the Pearland Independent School District. The Foundation will provide funds for educational programs and activities that either have not been funded or have been under-funded by the normal operating budget. These funds will be used to facilitate student achievement and skill development, to recognize and encourage staff excellence and to expand community involvement from individuals, businesses and civic organizations.”

The deadline to apply for an Innovative Teaching Grant is March 13. To learn more about the Foundation, visit

PISD Education Foundation News


Our Founders’ Campaign ends this week. We will celebrate the campaign’s success and honor our founding donors at a special event on Wednesday, March 4th at Golfcrest Country Club, sponsored by Pearland Medical Center. Remember that it is not too late to join in and help us to reach our goal of $150,000! Donate TODAY!


Thank You to Our Founding Donors!

Our 2015 Innovative Teaching Grant Program rolled out to all campuses and we recently announced a new partnership with the Texas Volleyball Invitational Tournament!


Stay tuned to learn what’s new with the Foundation in March! To learn more, click HERE.

Texas Volleyball Invitational Taps Pearland Education Foundation as Partner

54e756f50806b.imageThe Pearland ISD Education Foundation announced a new partnership with the Texas Volleyball Invitational at the regular meeting on Wednesday (Feb. 18).

PISD Volleyball Head Coaches John Turner (Pearland High School) and Jason Karim (Dawson High School) approached the Foundation because, “We want the benefits to stay not only local, but to go to PISD directly,” said Turner. “We thought the Foundation was the natural choice.”

Joining the ranks of past beneficiaries such as MD Anderson, Texas Children’s Hospital and the JJ Watt Foundation, the PISD Education Foundation will be the beneficiary of a percentage of program ad sales and the proceeds from 1,000 shirt sales donated by Adidas.

“We couldn’t be more pleased that the Texas Volleyball Invitational has chosen us this year,” said Education Foundation President Jeff Barry. “It’s quite an honor and we are throwing our full support behind the tournament.”

The Texas Volleyball Invitational is the largest high school volleyball tournament in the country. Now in its 19th year, PISD will host 86 teams from around the state from Aug. 13 to Aug. 15 at Pearland, Dawson and Turner High Schools, along with Pearland Junior High South and Berry Miller Junior High School.

For more information about the tournament, visit To learn more about PISD Education Foundation, visit