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Tyler ISD Foundation in the national spotlight again

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(KYTX) - The Tyler ISD Foundation is again in the national spotlight as the premier
education foundation in the United States.

Both the current President of the Board of Directors along with the sole
staff member will speak next week at the American School Foundation Alliance
(ASFA) conference in Chicago. Delegates from over 40 states will hear the
Tyler ISD Foundation board and staff make two presentations.

Gay L. Smith, location president of Austin Bank, Old Bullard Road, and Dr.
Larry Goddard, Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) will be the keynote
speakers for "Increasing Alumni Donations: The Future of Public School
Districts". Also, Goddard has been asked to speak on the unique "Ten Dollar
Club" for employee giving. The plan, now a national standard, was developed
by Cecil McDaniel, deputy superintendent and Goddard more than four years
ago.

An emphasis of the Tyler ISD Foundation has been research on alumni success
for graduates of the high schools in Tyler ISD.
"We know that both public and private higher education entities have done an
amazing job in alumni programming," states Goddard, "Mrs. Smith has served
on both the Tyler Junior College Alumni Board (former President) and
currently on the alumni advisory board of The University of Texas at Tyler.
We want to become the national template for K-12 public school district
alumni advancement and development."

The Foundation in partnership with the Communications/PR Department staff
and director Angela Jenkins, published a first-ever alumni directory in 2009
and is working on publishing a second one this academic year.

Also, the foundation has received over 1,000 high school yearbooks, many
letter jackets, class rings, and other school house memorabilia.

"We still have a need for Emmett J. Scott High School items, out dated text
books like Homemaking, Shorthand, and other interesting artifacts-we prefer
not to accept individual student artwork but items representing a broader
history of the District," said Goddard.
"We partner with local estate sales companies to find these valuable
reminders of Tyler ISD's historic past in Texas education," said Goddard.

"We know that we have alumni success stories all over the world and we need
a centralized place of record keeping to acknowledge their achievements,"
continued Goddard.

"We also know that our employees are so very dedicated to the Tyler ISD
Foundation-their participation is a positive impact on the grants
program-whatever is donated by employees is returned without any management
fee back to the employees and students of Tyler ISD."

The American Schools Foundation Alliance (ASFA) is a new membership
association for public K - 12 school foundations. In addition to creating a
national network of foundations, ASFA offers unique member benefits and
resources. Nancy Dye is Executive Director for the national network of K-12
education foundations and has been a long-time fan of Tyler ISD Foundation.

Goddard serves on the advisory board for ASFA and his article "Now Boarding:
Raising Your Education Foundations to New Heights" was published as the lead
article in their national newsletter.

Donations to the Tyler ISD Foundation are being accepted via mail at: Tyler
ISD Foundation, 315 North Broadway, Suite 401, Tyler, Texas 75702-5757 or
email Larry.Goddard@suddenlinkmail.com or telephone (903) 266-9806. The
Foundation begins its 22nd year as a public charity in 2013.

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