Ecolab Awards $50,000 in Grants to GISD Teachers
Ecolab, the global leader in water, hygiene, and energy technology and services, continued a 27-year partnership with Garland ISD Sept. 4 by gifting $50,000 to district teachers in the Harris Hill Administration Building.
“A company maintaining a partnership with a school district for nearly 30 years is a rare, but very special,” said Garland ISD Education Foundation President, Lisa Cox. “We are lucky and so thankful to Ecolab for supporting our teachers throughout the years.”
Cox kicked off the award ceremony with a welcome before Ecolab representatives Donna Webb and Nita Tyson presented honorees with checks. Forty-nine GISD educators received grants, including network engineer Rusty Truelock who oversees the district’s after-school Martial Arts Knights Order (MAKO) program. When accepting their $3,000 grant, Truelock and MAKO Grand Master Hernando Pinilla Perez thanked Tyson, Webb and GISD administration for supporting the program. Pinilla Perez then presented Superintendent Bob Morrison with an honorary black belt and certificate, which Deputy Superintendent of Business Operations Rene Barajas accepted on his behalf.
“I could not have thought of a better way to end the ceremony,” Cox commented. “It was a neat gesture that summed up how we all feel about Ecolab’s sponsorship.”
Since 1987, Ecolab has enriched GISD classrooms and programs with more than $800,000.