Carroll Education Foundation's Grant Recipients and Sponsors 2011

Sponsor: Nix, Patterson & Roach, LLP
Grant: Project Truth (Teaching Respect and Understanding Toward all Humankind)

Project TRUTH denotes a project which benefits children of all ages, emphasizing the importance of learning to respect themselves as well as others. It is what is different about each of us which makes us unique. As children learn to value differences in one another, they in turn learn to respect one another as individuals. Ghandi said, “If we are to reach real peace in this world we shall have to begin with the children.” I believe if we do not teach our children to respect and value human life, the violence in the world today will never end.

It is the goal of Texas lawmakers to ensure school districts respond to reports of bullying in a consistent and proactive manner. According to the Texas Association of School Boards, Beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, Texas school boards will be required by law to adopt new or amend existing board policies that prohibit bullying, including cyber-bullying. Districts may also have to create or revise administrative procedures to address how the district responds to incidents of bullying. These changes are designed to promote a safe and secure learning environment for students. (Texas Association of School Boards, August 2011)

This grant is intended to incorporate the CISD supported Rachel’s Challenge by continuing to encourage and support the development of kindness and compassion in all students. The grant will also support Capturing Kid’s Hearts, a process in place on the campus. Finally, the grant will support teaching and instilling leadership qualities in students as well as helping to raise student awareness of what defines bullying behavior and what prevents bullying.

This project has the ability to be sustained at minimal cost relative to replacing materials to make and decorate the masks and make the anti-bullying slogan quilt.

Project TRUTH will be open to all students who attend this school. It is our belief implementing this program will result in a positive impact within CISD and the Southlake community. The Assistant Principal on this campus will lead this initiative.

The desired student outcomes are as follows:

  • Students will develop positive self- esteem.
  • Students will learn to respect self and others.
  • Students will develop positive leadership skills
  • Students will learn to participate effectively in groups.
  • Students will learn to express themselves appropriately.
  • Students will learn to appreciate and respect individual differences.
  • Reported incidents and discipline referrals involving bullying will decrease.
These outcomes will be accomplished through role playing, designing /decorating masks to describe self, writing and producing music videos, guest speakers, designing and making an anti-bully slogan quilt. This grant is intended to support the social studies content area, Rachel’s Challenge, and Capturing Kid’s Hearts. It allows for the opportunity to impact students outside the 40 minute class setting while addressing real life issues currently affecting students and instilling leadership qualities resulting in a positive impact on the school campus.