The Bandera ISD Education Foundation hosted its annual Lead Donor Breakfast at the Mayan Ranch on Wednesday, Sept. 9.
The foundation, in its fifteenth year of operation, continues to support Bandera teachers and students by providing grants for innovative instruction in the classroom.
This year the foundation plans to award just over $37,000 in grants to Bandera teachers. Presentation of the awards to teachers and students will be held later this month.
The breakfast program consisted of a presentation by Bandera Middle School Principal Patrick Sizemore on the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program and the recognition of lead donors.
The foundation awarded a grant in 2019 to Bandera Middle to assist with costs associated with the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program. That allowed a team of middle school students to take part in developing an experiment that was sent to the International Space Station for execution.
The project, with examined the effects of microgravity on brewer’s yeast, was developed by five seventh-grade female students under the direction of sponsor Bette Koenig.
It was one of 34 teams worldwide that took part in the experiments program.
Lead donors recognized at the breakfast were the Bandera Electric Cooperative, Hondo National Bank, Hill Country Bank, Warriors Heart, Winters Electric, Millie and Marie, McMullan Insurance, Buddy’s Water Well and Septic Service, Western Title, Johnny Boyle, Jerrett and Megan Lamb, Dianna and Harry Harris, Kathy Harbaugh, Cindy and Joe McMullan and Brenda and Tommy John.