The Cypress School District is pleased to announce that Juliet Morris Elementary School is the winner of a $20,000 award from the state's ScholarShare 529 Scholar Dollars grant program. Funds will be used to support campus beautification, including school murals, student benches, playground equipment, and additional landscaping.
“The secret to our school winning the Scholar Dollars grant was great teamwork,” said Principal Helen Lu. “The whole community came together to support our school. We love our Cypress families!”
Sponsored by the ScholarShare Investment Board, which oversees the ScholarShare 529 College Savings Plan, the Scholar Dollars grant program provides K-8 public and charter schools statewide with more than $300,000 to support programs and services that foster a rich, college-going culture. Schools are free to spend the grant monies on a wide variety of needs, including musical instruments, technology, library books, sports equipment, gardening tools, field trips, and more. School grant proposals compete against each other for votes on the ScholarShare Scholar Dollars website.
In total, 377 schools up and down the state participated in the program, and 20 were awarded grants in six different categories based on school size. Juliet Morris won second place in Category D, which includes schools with 651 to 900 students.
Cypress School District Superintendent Anne Silavs remarked, “The Scholar Dollars grant program is a terrific opportunity for schools. In the past two years, we’ve had two $20,000 winners. We are grateful to the parents and staff at Morris who spearheaded this effort and, of course, to the entire Cypress community for their unwavering support of our students!”
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