Founded in 2000, the Mart ISD Enrichment Foundation is an independent, non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation that is governed by a board of directors. It is established to generate and distribute funds for Mart Independent School District programs and projects that enrich, enhance, and maximize the excellence of education for all Mart ISD students.

The goals of the Foundation are:

  • To encourage academic excellence in the Mart ISD by providing funding not available through local, state or federal education funds.
  • To obtain contributions to benefit the Mart ISD.
  • To work with other civic organizations to enhance public awareness and confidence the Mart ISD.


Since 2003, the Foundation has awarded over $33,500 in Innovative Teaching Grants to Mart ISD teachers to fund special programs and projects for their students. These have included a portable public address system, microscopes, computer software, instructional DVDs, class sets of novels, hands-on instructional materials for mathematics and science classes physical education equipment, rhythm band instruments, and field trips.

The Foundation assisted Mart ISD in raising monies for the Outdoor Education, Recreate and Athletic Complex. The donations were applied to the matching funds required of Mart ISD as part of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Grant. Through a grant from the Dulaney Foundation, the Mart ISD Enrichment Foundation was to assist the district in construction of a project center facility near the school at which students can raise animals for FFA projects.


Board of Directors

Tracy Adler-School Board Representative

Russell Carroll-School Board Representative

Keith Click -President

Debbie Burleson Connally

Scott Felton

Karan Lehrmann Rowe-Ex-Student's Association

Todd Gooden

Jim Heflin

Nell Burleson Kaufmann

Verna Stodghill LaStrapes-Vice President

Susan Simpson Luce

Richard Perry

Jim Read-Secretary

Advisory Committee:

Susan Patterson Bain

Rev. Willie Hurth

Cynthia Chadwell Lewis

John Perry

Wes Schreiber

Mart ISD Enrichment Foundation
Innovative Teaching Grants 2017-18

Request for Grant Applications

The Mart ISD Enrichment Foundation is pleased to announce an opportunity for teachers to apply for Innovative Teaching Grants. These Teaching Grants are designed to encourage, facilitate, and enhance innovative and creative instructional approaches to accomplish campus/district goals and objectives.
Any individual or group employed by Mart ISD may apply for grants.  Any one project may receive a grant up to $1,000. The size and number of awards will be determined by the funds available within the Mart ISD Enrichment Foundation.

These grants must fund projects that will be implemented during the 2017-2018 school year. Grant funds may be used for 2018 summer school projects. Funds must be expended by August 1, 2018.

Unexpended funds will return to the Foundation.

Grant monies cannot be used to reimburse teachers or the school district for projects already in place.

Grant monies cannot be used for salaries, including substitute teacher pay.

Deadline for completed applications is 4:00 p.m., Friday, September 29, 2017. Completed applications should be turned in at the Administration Building. Applications must be signed by the campus principal in order to be considered for funding.

Innovative Grant Application 2017-18

Mart Enrichment Foundation Grant Recipients 2016-17

The Innovative Teaching Grants recipients from the Mart Enrichment Foundation for 2016-17 will be posted soon.

Mart Enrichment Foundation Memorials

The following individuals (whose names appear in italics) were recognized by memorial gifts to the Mart ISD Enrichment Foundation from September 2014 - September 2015.

Faye LaStrapes Ankenbruck
     Ronnie and Lynn Sawyers

Shirley Boaz
Ronnie and Lynn Sawyers
David Connally
     David and Laurie Schroeder
     Jim and Teri Read
     Chuck and Verna LaStrapes
     Ray and Sandra Pfeuffer
     Odis and Carol Merritt        

Bill Earl
Ronnie and Lynn Sawyers
Braeden Freeman
Shirley Schneider

Butch Freeman
     Shirley Schneider
C.M. Freeman Ronnie and Lynn Sawyers    

Tootie Howell
     Shirley Schneider
Leroy Joiner Ronnie and Lynn Sawyers

Gail Kruger
     Shirley Schneider
P.K. Littlepage Shirley Schneider

Audrey Childs Lowe
     Phillip Lowe
Hollee B. Muhl Ronnie and Lynn Sawyers Maggie Perry Jim and Teri Read

Kay Ragle
     Betsy Burnett
     Mart High Faculty and Staff

Other Donors:
Keith Click
Kenneth Click
J.L. Davis

Mart ISD provides a challenging learning environment that encourages success through an emphasis on self-discipline, motivation, and responsibility.