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Longview ISD Foundation

On Wednesday, February 8, the Longview ISD Foundation, Inc. announced the recipients of the Foundation’s 2017 Campus Initiative Grants.

Denise Frederick, principal of Johnston-McQueen Elementary School, applied for and received funding for an initiative unique to her campus.  The initiative funded complements and aligns with the school’s Campus Improvement Plan and the District Improvement Plan.

Mrs. Frederick is on a mission to make all students at the campus become life-long readers.  Having received a grant in 2015 to develop a reading culture on the Johnston-McQueen campus by transforming the campus library, this grant provides more funding to transform a traditional library into one that is a relevant, vibrant hub for today’s learners by creating learning zones based on Thornburg’s Primordial Learning Metaphors for 21st Century Learners. The purpose of the grant, “If You Give a Child a Space, You Launch a Life-long Reader,” is to create a library space, a pre-kindergarten/kindergarten zone that will capture the eye’s delight and provide young children comfortable seating and a broad diversity of books and activities they can explore and enjoy.  This campus grant will be unique to Johnston-McQueen Elementary School because it will provide a differentiated, collaborative reading zone for the school’s youngest readers on a campus with a traditional school program.  Through the special reading zone and fifty-two new library books, the initiative will encourage reading readiness and development as measured by the Texas Primary Reading Inventory (TPRI), increase book circulation among pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students, and establish an anchor resource for a future family literacy center.

The Longview ISD Foundation, Inc. is proud to provide $2,446.90 in additional funding through this Campus Initiative Grant to maximize educational opportunity in Longview ISD.

Since 2008, the Longview ISD Foundation, Inc. has funded 27 campus grants for a total of $70,735.52.

On Wednesday, February 8, Longview ISD hosted a breakfast for the  Longview ISD Foundation’s 2017 Great Rewards for Great Ideas recipients. At the breakfast, the Foundation announced funding for this year's grant cycle.


Grant winners received funding from the Longview ISD Foundation ranging from $100 to $2,500 for innovative classroom projects and programs that will enhance the quality of education for all students in Longview ISD.


This year, the twenty-second anniversary of the Great Rewards for Great Ideas Program, $49,605.93 was requested through 26 grant applications.  The Foundation funded 18 grants totaling $30,518.56. The Foundation funded 13 elementary grants for a total of $24,110.41 and 5 secondary grants for a total of $6,408.15.


Since the beginning of the Great Rewards for Great Ideas Program in 1996, the Foundation has funded 644 grants totaling $656,613.20. These grants have enhanced Longview ISD’s academic programs as well as music, art, technology, counseling and guidance, career education, health and physical education, and character education programs.


For a list of this year’s grant recipients, visit the Longview ISD Foundation’s website at and click on Great Rewards for Great Ideas on the menu bar at the top of the page.


Since 1995, Johnston-McQueen Elementary School has received $46,541.90 in grant funding from the Longview ISD Foundation, Inc.

The following teachers at Johnston-McQueen Elementary School received grant funding for the 2017-2018 school year from the Longview ISD Foundation, Inc.  

A Place for Everything, and Everything in Its Place

Grades K-5 Music

Kristi Grimes

Johnston-McQueen Elementary School