Past Winners

2021 Impact Award Winners

A big THANK YOU! to all of this year’s submitters. Since its inception, thousands of dollars have been award to local schools. The requirements and submissions have evolved over time, with this year’s submissions including the Inaugural Student Impact Award. This year the North Texas Chapter awarded four winners from four different districts. Three awards went to the top three Teacher submissions and one award went to the best Student submission.

Gold Award
Motor Paths, McAuliffe Elementary, Lewisville ISD
Motor Paths for McAuliffe Elementary won the $7,500 grant to create durable motor paths and provide teachers with an opportunity to balance academic and sensorimotor learning.

Silver Award
Love Outdoor Classroom, Clara Love Elementary School, Northwest ISD
Love Elementary’s Outdoor Classroom submitted by Northwest ISD received a $5,000 grant. Their vision is to re-purpose an existing landscaped area into an outdoor learning space for all students on campus

Bronze Award
Unmasking Emotions, Smithfield Middle School, Birdville ISD
Smithfield Middle School in Birdville ISD received a $3,000 grant for their submission titled Unmasking Emotions.

Student Award
Recording Booth Renovation, CityLab High School, Senior Architectural Students, Dallas ISD
Receiving the Inaugural Student Impact Award of $5,000 was Dallas ISD’s CityLab High School for their Recording Booth Renovation Project.

2020 Impact Award Winners

A big THANK YOU! to all of this year’s submitters. We always enjoy seeing the creativity and energy that goes into your videos, and this year was no exception. While it is unfortunate that we are not celebrating in person this December, we are still excited to give due credit to this year’s recipients!


Bronze Award
Elizabeth Bell, Fort Worth Christian School
Our first recipient, earning a Bronze Award of $2,500 is Elizabeth Bell of Fort Worth Christian School who’s submission is for an upgrade to the garden serves the campus’ Lower School while at the same time providing an opportunity to teach students about decomposition and water conservation while supplementing lessons involving everything from climate change to gravity, to cooking their produce!

Bronze Award
Monica Valenta, Northwest High School
Our second recipient, earning a Bronze Award of $2,500 is Monica Valenta of Northwest High School who’s submission “Health Science - Meaningful Spaces” will advance the career training and preparation by improving the facilities and systems available to a large program of 300+ students who are interested in health sciences. The end goal is to give these students a better chance of completing the four year program and becoming an EMT or Medical Assistant.

Bronze Award
Charnella Derry, Cedar Crest Elementary
Our third recipient, earning a Bronze Award of $2,500 is Charnella Derry of Cedar Crest Elementary, who’s submission “Closing the COVID-19 Learning Gap” which will improve and expand their math tutoring programs which serve disadvantaged students. They intend to use the award to complete their pilot program with the goal of increasing service to additional campuses. So far 90% of students in their program have improved their scores!

Gold Award
Vanessa Valadez, Arlington ISD
Our fourth recipient, earning a Gold Award of $7,500 is Vanessa Valadez of Arlington ISD, who’s submission “P.L.A.Y. -Parents and toddlers Learning At home, why?” will serve multiple campuses within the district with a focus on economically disadvantages students who can no longer meet on campus due to the pandemic. Their program will supplement the home learning environment by providing parents and caregivers tools to grow their child’s emotional, educational, and physical skills so that they are more likely to succeed in spite of the challenges created by the strain of the pandemic.

Gold Award
Patricia Lopez, Student at CityLab HS
Our fifth and final recipient, earning a Gold Award of $7,500 is Patricia Lopez, a student at CityLab HS, who’s submission “Calm Pods” focuses on improving the mental health of her fellow students. The pods are specifically designed to provide students with a safe place to relax and de-stress, which is particularly important during the added pressure of the pandemic. The impact award will go toward the purchase of materials to create the pods.

On a final note, thank you to all of the supporters of the A4LE North Texas Chapter! It is because of your time, efforts, and donations that we are able to provide these awards!

2019 Impact Award Winners

We are excited to announced the recipients of the 2019 Impact Award!

Little Elm Gold Award
LEISD Little Elm High School Adaptive Tandem Bicycle Project with $7,500
Chase's Place Silver Award
Chase's Place Motor Room Renovation with $5,000
Realm Middle School Bronze Award
BISD Realm Middle School – Realm Coding with $2,500
Apollo Bronze Award
RISD Apollo Junior High School Pumping Panther's Pride with $2,500
Solar Preparatory Bronze Award
DISD Solar Preparatory School for Girls Maker Education with $2,500

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2018 Impact Award Winners

We are excited to announced the recipients of the 2018 Impact Award!

Forest Lane Academy Gold Award
Hope for Impoverished Community from Forest Lane Academy with $7,500
Gilbreath-Reed Silver Award
Greenhouse Project from Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technical Center with $5,000
Smithfield MS Bronze Award
Outdoor Classroom from Lister Elementary School with a $2,500
Lister ES Bronze Award
E.P.I.C. – Experts Providing Innovative Challenges from Smithfield Middle School with $2,500
RISD Bronze Award
Enhance Creativity & Challenge Scholars from RISD Academy with $2,500

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2017 Impact Award Winners

We received 46 entries this year and want to thank the judges for their effort and time.

James McSwain | James Kubala | Bayardo Selva

2017 Impact Awards 2017 Impact Awards

We are excited to announced the recipients of the 2017 Impact Award!!!

Arlington ISD Shackelford JHS Gold Award
Shack STEAM Celebration from Arlington ISD Shackelford JHS with $7,000
Northwest ISD Northwest High School Silver Award
Innovate. Collaborate. Debate. Checkmate! from Northwest ISD Northwest High School with $4,500
Northwest ISD Cox Elementary Bronze Award
The Cougar Connection Den from Wayne A. Cox Elementary with $3,000
Dallas ISD Mata Montessori Bronze Award
Curriculum Materials for Dual-Language Montessori Classroom from Dallas ISD Mata Montessori with $2,500
GP ISD  Ellen Ochoa STEM Academy Bronze Award
Perry Cloud Weather Station from STEM Academy at Ben Milam Elementary with a $2,000

Service Citation Awards

Excellence in Leadership as Chapter President 2016-2017
O. Wayne Reynaud, AIA

Leadership as the Impact Award Committee Chair 2016-2017
Sangeetha Karthik, AIA

Distinguished Service Awards

Leadership of the UTA School Studio Program 2016-2017
Anne Hildenbrand, AIA
Beverly Fornof
Roberto Zuniga

2016 Impact Award Winners

R Studio Community Classroom, $6,000
Richardson High School, Richardson ISD
Literacy Tutoring using the Gideon Curriculum, $3,000
Beacon Hill Preparatory Institute, Dallas
Learning in the Zone, $2,000
Smithfield Middle School, Birdville ISD
STEM/STEAM Maker Space, $1,500
Nelson Middle School, Frisco ISD
Year End Studies, $1,500
Hillwood Middle School, Keller ISD

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2015 Impact Award Winners

Gold Award to Beacon Hill Preparatory Institute Educate Now! Initiative $5,000
Silver Award to Uplift Education Peak Primary Educational and Therapy Garden $2,000
Bronze Award to Birdville ISD Smithfield Middle School Welnnovate Zone (WIZ) $1,000

Meeting recap

2015 Impact Award 2015 Impact Award 2015 Impact Award 2015 Impact Award

2013 Impact Award Winners

Fort Worth ISD, George C. Clarke Elementary – Centennial Reading Garden

George C. Clarke Elementary

Fort Worth ISD, North Side High School – North Side Garden

North Side High School

Congratulations to our 2012 Impact Award Winner

Fort Worth ISD Polytechnic High School Family and Consumer Sciences "Poly's Community Garden"

Vision Becomes Reality!

The award vision statement:
To enhance the usability of an educational space with a permanent enhancement or modification and to impact the community; supporting its involvement in the local education process

The Chapter was honored this week to celebrate this vision becoming reality with our first Impact Award given to Polytechnic High School Family and Consumer Sciences "Poly's Community Garden".

The submittal for Poly's community garden presented a persuasive argument for how their project met our award criteria:
  • How will this investment impact the students at the school receiving the award?
  • How will this investment impact, encourage and promote future community involvement in the school?
  • Long term, how significant is the anticipated result from this investment?

2012 Impact Award Representing Fort Worth ISD in accepting the award were:
  • Art Cavazos, Chief of District Operations
  • Tobi Jackson, Board Member District 2
  • Daniel Scroggins, Polytechnic High School Principal

There is a clear and strong vision to have this become a 'community garden' as well as a school project which is incredibly powerful. The development of the project is planned to be executed by students and the surrounding community over the next school year. We look forward to seeing the impact Poly's Community Garden makes in the Polytechnic High School Community as the chapter visits next year to see the results!
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