Programs

Employee Giving Campaign

Round Rock ISD Employees may contribute a monthly amount or make a one-time donation to the Round Rock ISD Partners in Education Foundation. The annual PIE Employee Giving Campaign takes place in the fall and 100% of donations go back to the District. The Foundation provides school supplies for students and staff, Excellence in Education Grants, Teacher of the Year, student scholarships, professional development, district-wide events like STEMFest, Pre-K Rodeo and RROCK Ready, and more.

Sponsors can be a part of this event through prizes, breakfasts, lunches, and special awards given to campuses and District departments.

Excellence in Education Grants

The Excellence in Education Grants provide resources for educators to execute innovative ideas, programs, materials, equipment, field trips, and various other needs that enhance student learning. All Round Rock ISD students are impacted by the grants in some capacity. Educators from over 55 Round Rock ISD campuses and departments were selected to receive over $125,000 ALL campuses and departments. Partners, Foundation Board members and members of Round Rock ISD administration surprise campus winners throughout the District’s five learning communities throughout the last week in August.

A video highlighting the excitement of the surprise, and the announcement of the remaining winners was posted to the District’s and PIE Foundation’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to share the good news with winners and the community.

“Being part of the Teacher Grant Review Committee is one of my favorite PIE Foundation programs. Personally, I want to help every student reach their full potential so that is why I give my time, treasure, and talent as a Board Member. It takes a community working together to educate all students to help our community thrive and grow.” – Kelly Moreno, PIE Foundation Board Member

Scholarships & Endowments

All graduating Round Rock ISD Seniors have an opportunity to apply for a scholarship to support their higher education endeavors. This blind application process is evaluated and students are granted various amounts to be sent to their institution. Family members can create their own Honorary or Memorial Scholarship with specific criteria for seniors to apply for. Likewise, businesses can do the same in promoting their field of work. Currently 30 scholarships are available, over $100,000, for Round Rock ISD graduating seniors.

To create a new scholarship, you must adhere to specific guidelines the Foundation has set. No fees are included in the administration of the scholarships to Universities or Technical schools.

An endowment is an endowed gift or an invested fund that can be designated as either a full or term endowment. The principal investment from a full endowment is never spent unless directed by the donor. Interest earnings from a full endowment are used to support the Foundation and provide a secure source of funding. Through an endowment, you can fund a scholarship, Excellence in Education Grant, school supplies or any educational program offered by Round Rock ISD. Endowments can be made as memorials, honorary or both. For more information on this type of investment, please contact the Foundation for full details.

For more information please contact Marianne Reap at 512-464-5600 or Marianne_Reap@rrisdeducationfoundation.org

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“I love serving on the Scholarship Review committee. It’s very rewarding to be part of the process to award scholarship dollars to exceptional, college bound students in our community. I currently have three children in Round Rock ISD, and two others who have graduated. I highly value the quality of the education that my children have received in Round Rock ISD, and serving as a PIE Board Member is a meaningful way to contribute back to the district by supporting the students and teachers. I see the work that the Foundation does in the Round Rock ISD community and I truly believe that their work makes a difference in students' and teacher’s lives every day.” – Leasa Neaves, VMware & PIE Foundation Board Member

 

Each year, the District recognizes and honors excellence brought by educators each day in their classrooms. Each campus Teacher of the Year (TOY) is elected by their peers and administration in recognition for their contribution in the classroom and throughout the campus learning community. Round Rock ISD Partners in Education Foundation provides community partners to support the banquet through food and a monetary donation to each Teacher of the Year.
“Teacher of the Year is a program that places a spotlight on select educators from each Round Rock ISD campus and shares all of the wonderful contributions they’ve made throughout the year. It is my favorite program to support. In addition, our students are the ultimate benefactors and they deserve the best educational experience Round Rock ISD has to offer.” – La Tricia Bradshaw, A+ Federal Credit Union & PIE Foundation Board Member

Other Programs

Resource Boutique: On November 19, 2019 the Resource Boutique came to life with Happy Birthday Boxes and emergency food support for our families in transition and for any student needing basic needs. The Resource Boutique was created to support the mission of two local organizations unable to fulfill their organizational goals due to the pandemic. The Boutique expanded quickly by providing hygiene kits, school supplies, backpacks, water, emergency kits to nurses, snacks and emergency meal kits from donations from the community and in partnership with HopeAustin.

Happy Birthday Program: In one year, with the help of volunteer service organizations and leadership groups in the community, the Foundation has provided over 450 Happy birthday bags to help families in transition (our homeless students) and students participating in the free and reduced lunch program to ensure families can celebrate their students' birthdays without concern for costs.

The Round Rock Independent School District Family Families in Transition (FiT)/ Homeless Education Program office is committed to ensuring that all children in homeless situations can enroll in, attend, and succeed in school. FiT provides programs and opportunities that might not otherwise be available for those students. FiT is committed to enhancing student learning by positively impacting the quality of education. This is accomplished by offering enhanced opportunities and resources available in the community. The Foundation supports this program through purchasing and collecting donated items for hygiene kits, blankets, gift cards for food, clothing, and airbeds for students in need.

In addition to supporting basic needs of our students and families, the Round Rock Police ISD Department supports the first Behavioral Therapy Puppy Program in Central Texas for our students. It is the second program in the entire state to serve students using a behavioral therapy dog. “Even before the pandemic, mental health was a prominent community issue,” said Officer Cleere. “We are here to provide students prevention, and issue management solutions, not punishment. Dogs make people happy; they promote self-esteem and can produce positive student school interactions.”

Through the support at the Gala last year from R Bank, Pfluger Architects, Bartlett Cocke General Contractors, the Watson Family, the England Family and the PIE Foundation three (3) of the five (5) puppies were secured and matched up with a Police Officer or social worker with the plan to matched up the remaining two puppies by the end of the school year. The puppies’ behavioral training and certification was also provided by funding support from these generous donors.

In partnership with Texas Humane Heroes, all of the Round Rock ISD Police Department puppies will receive complimentary shots for the first two years. Texas Humane Heroes will also provide the puppies’ first kennel, bed, toys and food support when needed. Through participation in veterinarian classes at their respective schools, the puppies receive grooming services from McNeil High School and Stony Point High School students. This opportunity provides the students “hands on” experience grooming each puppy and at the same time allows for the Foundation to fund other needs the officers and social workers may have to support these special puppies including monthly food support.

  • Breed: Labradoodle
  • Birthday: 09/20/2020
  • Coping Skills: Belly rubs and playing with my toys
  • Sponsored by: Round Rock ISD Partners in Education Foundation
  • Donor: England Family
  • Cared by: Texas Humane Heroes
  • Breed: Goldendoodle
  • Birthday: 06/17/2021
  • Coping Skills: Parkour and barking at the wind
  • Sponsored by: Round Rock ISD Partners in Education Foundation
  • Donor: Dr. Lindsey Watson
  • Cared by: Texas Humane Heroes
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  • Breed: Labradoodle
  • Birthday: 10/07/2020
  • Coping Skills: Watching squirrels and cuddles
  • Sponsored by: Round Rock ISD Partners in Education Foundation
  • Donor: Pfluger Architects
  • Cared by: Texas Humane Heroes