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Crosby Cougar Pride donates funds to Crosby ISD for STAR Test tutoring

November 29, 2018

Crosby Cougar Pride partnered with Crosby ISD this fall to help raise funds to replenish items that were cut from the general budget amid the district’s financial crisis.

For instance, Crosby Cougar Pride — a creation of the Crosby Education Foundation — used the money that was raised in their annual Crosby Education Foundation gala in September to pay teachers overtime to stay after school and help students prepare for the STAR Test.

The foundation currently has about $62,000 to help pay teachers overtime to tutor students for the STAR Test.

“With all of the negative talk of the financial problems and all the changes that have been going on in the district, the kids’ achievements are being lost, they’re not being highlighted at all,” Crosby Education Foundation Coordinator Melissa Murray said.

The Crosby Education Foundation started Crosby Cougar Pride this fall to bring some positive news to the community to counter balance the news of budget cuts and layoffs.

Crosby Cougar Pride’s long-term goal is to fund everything that was cut from the budget that the district needs. Their short-term goal is to come up with fundraising ideas and find ways to get the community more involved.

“Yes, we are going through a lot of changes right now and yes, mistakes were made and yes, we’re having financial difficulties but the one thing that everyone in this community can agree on is these kids, teachers and staff all deserve to be showcased for the good things they’re doing,” Murray said.

Crosby Cougar Pride is comprised of the Education Foundation members, CISD employees and community members.

The new support group is not only focusing on spreading the good information around Crosby, but they are also working on fundraisers that can help re-supplement the items and services that were cut from 2018-19 budget.

Murray said one fundraising idea Crosby Cougar Pride is working on is selling T-shirts that will be designed by a Crosby High School student.

“We are hoping to launch in a couple of weeks a Facebook contest for the public and the community to vote on the winning design T-shirt,” Murray said. “That should be a really fun way to introduce our vision, introduce this movement that we have in mind and get people involved.”

kaila.contreras@chron.com

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