DSMS student Tyler Mallett shows off his robotic 3D printer at the Get Your Geek On event hosted by the middle school on January 28. Photo courtesy Dripping Springs Education Foundation
This 3D printer proudly displayed by 14-year old Tyler Mallett was funded by a grant through the Dripping Springs Education Foundation. In fact, the Dripping Springs Middle School’s successful 2011-2012 rookie year for the new, popular Tiger Robotics Club has been one direct result of Education Foundation funds.
“Education Foundation funds do not go into the DSISD budget,” said Education Foundation board member Jeanette Ramirez. “Many people think that the funds we raise go into the big District budget, and want to know why they should support the Education Foundation when they already pay their taxes. But the reality is that the Foundation funds go directly to innovative, out-of-the-box education enrichment programs that are not funded in the DSISD budget.”
The Foundation states that it has been providing scholarships and grants to DSISD students and educators since 1992. One of the ways the Dripping Springs Education Foundation raises support for programs like Tiger Robotics is through the organization’s annual Casino Night fundraiser event.
This year’s event takes place on Friday night, February 24th, from 7-11pm, at Creekside Pavilion on FM 1826 in Driftwood. The Education Foundation invites area residents to come out and bet on the future of education of Dripping Springs, have fun, and help the organization reach its 2012 goal of raising $100,000 from individuals and corporations to support innovative teaching grants, classroom programs, and academic achievement in the Dripping Springs ISD.
Guests at the Casino Night event will receive $20,000 worth of donation dollar gaming chips to play at a wide variety of casino tables. Dinner, drinks, and dessert are included, with live music provided by the Hot Texas Swing Band. This year’s Silent Auction items include vacation condo stays in the mountains of Colorado or by the beach in Port Aransas, as well as four Club Level tickets to a 2012 home football game at Texas State.
Tickets are $75 per person and are available in advance at Keller Williams Realty and Gracy Title in Dripping Springs, or online at www.dseducationfoundation.org. Tickets are also available at the door on Friday night for the same price.
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