Comerica Bank awarded a total of $20,000 in community grants to five HISD schools in the Lockwood area to commemorate the bank’s 20th year of operation in Houston’s culturally rich Fifth Ward.
Pugh Elementary School was the big winner, with $10,000 for its proposal to put a tablet in every one of its classrooms. Wheatley High School received the second-place award of $4,000 and plans to invest in spirit incentives, as well as instructional improvements. McReynolds Middle School also took home $2,500, while Atherton Elementary School won $2,000, and N. Q. Henderson Elementary School won $1,500. The grants were awarded to these schools because they are located near a newly constructed Lockwood Banking Center.
The five schools submitted proposals describing how they would use the money to create, expand, or improve education at their school, and the public voted for their favorite schools on Facebook to help determine the grant awards. To see their proposals, please click here.
“Offering grants to improve the educational experience of Lockwood-area students is a fitting way to honor Comerica’s 20 years of service in the neighborhood,” said Comerica’s Houston Market President J. Downey Bridgwater.
Former HISD Board of Education President Juliet Stipeche thanked Comerica for their donation to the schools. “Every child deserves a chance to live in a vital community that shares their vision and dream for a brighter future,” she said.