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3 elementary schools receive grants from the Texas Commission on the Arts

Students at three elementary schools will end the year with science singalongs, a day of drumming, and two pigs and a wolf, courtesy of grants from the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Educators at Huebner, Steubing Ranch and Thousand Oaks in the North East Independent School District received Arts Respond Performance Support grants offered by the state’s arts commission.

The  schools collectively received $1,512 to pay half of the performance fees. The arts commission partially funds the booking of education-related artists selected from a Texas Touring Roster compiled by the commission.

At Huebner, performer Lucas Miller will lead students through catchy singalongs that include such concepts as metamorphosis, photosynthesis, ocean ecology, feed webs and other related subjects.

“His presentation will complement the school’s focus on S.T.E.A.M.,” said Huebner librarian Natalie Watts, adding that nearly 700 students will participate in the program. The acronym S.T.E.A.M. stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

Through hands-on activities, a “Day of Drumming” at Thousand Oaks will reinforce for 743 students concepts of echo, rhythm proficiency and teamwork.

Thousand Oaks teacher Rebecca Byers submitted a proposal that “seeks to reinforce for students the ability to listen and follow directions for musical play,” she said.

Meanwhile, “Two Pigs and T.H.E Wolf” will visit Steubing Ranch to promote character, responsibility and self-control. T.H.E. are the Wolf's initials: Theodore Howell Eater.

Marie Arce, Steubing Ranch librarian, submitted a proposal that seeks to engage nearly 500 kindergarten, first and second grade students.

“The visiting artists will perform twice wearing pig and wolf costumes,” Arce said.

District educators interested in applying for grants from the Texas Commission on the Arts can learn more at this website:

The TCA pays half of the performer's fee while the campus pays the other half. Keep in mind that the school's half MUST NOT come from an outside source such as a neighborhood business or the PTA. The check to the performer must come from the school.

Educators must first discuss the grant with the campus principal, then follow the district grant approval process. You can begin by contacting the Governmental Relations and Grants Development Department for one-on-one guidance and a form that requires two signatures to proceed.

Other grant opportunities are available on the district’s Governmental Relations and Grant Development Department web page. You can access a mini base of available grants at: The mini base is accessible only when district educators are signed into the district’s intranet system.

It is advisable to watch the video on the “Grant Training and Writing” page before starting any grant writing.



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