LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Five schools in Lufkin got a huge surprise Friday.
The Lufkin ISD Education Foundation personally delivered great gifts for their classrooms. The Lufkin ISD Education Foundation was on prize patrol. They boarded a party bus to take some special trips.
"This was the most amazing day," said Becca Chance, the president of the Lufkin ISD Education Foundation.
The bus made five stops. They were there to surprise a group of exceptional teachers with grants that they applied for through the Education Foundation.
"This was the culmination of a year's worth of efforts and raising money for the students and teachers of Lufkin ISD," Chance said.
However, they didn't simply present the teachers with checks. They brought a band along, with cheerleaders, and noise makers, and they left everyone in total shock.
"We had a huge group, and we surprised the teachers with noise makers their students were blown away," Chance said. "They were so excited. I mean, some of the teachers cried they were so surprised and excited about the grants."
The bus went to Brandon, Dunbar, Coston, Kurth, and Lufkin Middle School, and no one ever lost enthusiasm. Each teacher told the students the grants were really for them.
"I didn't know the band was going to come and give him a thousand dollars, so I was so excited about it," said Andrez Rendon, a Lufkin ISD student.
The winners were carefully considered by a board, and they already have plans on what they will bring to the classrooms with their grants.
"The winners were picked based on their innovativeness, their impacts on our students, and their creativity," Chance said.
Mr. Monsante says that he would have never expected to receive the grant this way.
"I thought I was just going to get an envelope and maybe put it in my box so seeing the marching band and everybody coming in - that was a big surprise," Gustavo Monsante, a teacher at Coston Elementary and a grant winner, said.
The Lufkin ISD Education Foundation was very proud at the end of their successful trip. This time they were able to give away over $16,000 in grants
Chance says this was their first time giving the grants, but they hope to continue awarding grants for creative teachers.