CHAPEL HILL, Texas — Sounds of celebration filled the room at the Chapel Hill ISD convocation Wednesday morning as 20 teachers were surprised with grants totaling $12,000.
"It's a big surprise," said Jacqueline Flach, a fourth grade bilingual teacher. "Our purpose is to start a recycling program at Kissam Intermediate School, and with the money that we're going to receive, we're going to purchase the containers."
Teachers applied innovative projects, ranging from green house improvements to a standing desk.
"We got granted $1,000 for a tool that we use in our classroom," said Jaylon Stewart, the Junior High band director. "So we'll use that tool to help our students grow musically."
The convocation also focused on some of the changes within the district.
Superintendent Lamond Dean mentioned the district’s pay raise and initiative to place an officer at every campus and welcomed the new teachers.
"It's a district that is so inclusive," Flach said. "I feel at home and the kids do too."
Students present at the convocation represented their teachers in special departments like football, band and public speaking.
"Every student has an opportunity to win huge accomplishments, everyone is capable of doing it," said Andrea Medina, a 10th grade student. "We just need the support of our teachers. Everyone I know in this school has great students that can do great things."
The event ended with dancing, singing, and confetti creating an excitement that will hopefully last through the upcoming school year.