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Navasota teachers receive over $19,000 in motor skills program grants

NAVASOTA, Texas (KBTX) – The Navasota ISD Education Foundation today surprised teachers with a total of $19,462.95 to help cover the costs of innovative teaching.

“The grant I wrote this year was called ‘Get Your Motor Running,’ and it focused on gross motor skills for special education students,” explained Lauren Julian, special education teacher at High Point Elementary. “We are in a rural area here. They don’t always have bicycles or tricycles or even a place to ride them.

Grants help cover the cost of programs that schools could not otherwise fund. This is something Marylin Bettes, a retired teacher and president of the Foundation, understands. Bettes knows the importance of these subsidies.

“The need is so great it really warms your heart and it does you good to know that you are providing something that goes beyond what the district is able to fund,” Bettes said.

It’s also a chance that Julian’s students might otherwise miss.

“If I didn’t have the grants program to write these grants and then award, we wouldn’t have the funds to do this stuff. I would pay out of pocket, but only as far as my paycheck could go,” Julian exclaimed.

These tricycles and scooters will enhance his students’ learning by allowing them to play.

“It means everything,” Julian said. “Now we can work on those skills without having to force something that is undesirable, we can actually do something fun while riding tricycles.”

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