It was the "best day of the year" for the Plano Independent School District's Education Foundation.
"Grant patrol" teams took to the streets Wednesday morning, rewarding 22 district teachers with resources to fund innovative education programs.
"This was a complete shock," said Belinda Kinney, a Mathews Elementary School second-grade teacher.
Kinney's grant proposal, Think is the New Pink, is for an after-school program for girls promoting science, technology, engineering and math.
"It definitely makes it possible," she said.
The foundation can provide $100,000 worth of funding this year. The money is 100 percent funded by private donations from individuals and corporate sponsors.
"We can step up and bring back some of the things that were actually cut because of the budget issues," said Lisa Raskin, a former president of the PISD Education Foundation. "They are out-of-the-box thinking. they are new programs the kiddos would not be exposed to unless these teachers went and did this on their own."