Pine Tree Education Foundation & Alumni

Building a foundation for every child by 
Furthering the Tradition of Excellence 

Pine Tree Education Foundation will Further the Tradition of Excellence by promoting and funding innovative learning strategies. 

    The Pine Tree ISD Education Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was created by concerned community members who wanted to support innovative educational programs that lead to increased student achievement. 

    Donations made to the Pine Tree Education Foundation are tax-deductible and fund projects that fall outside of the scope of the district’s normal operating budget.  

    When teachers have exciting ideas that can expand their students’ imaginations and open their minds to new learning possibilities – they often find themselves without the resources to bring these visions to life. The Education Foundation makes these creative ideas a reality through grants that bring creative education to life. Hundreds of these inspiring projects have become a reality in every campus throughout the entire school district. 
    Motivate and encourage creative and innovative educational programs.
    Recognize Pine Tree ISD current & former students and staff and positively reinforce their educational activities.
    Facilitate opportunities for the community to financially support excellence in education.

    Professional Development Experiences
    Instruction Equipment, Opportunities, Resources
    Scholarships for College Credit & Certifications
  • Jennifer Harris, President
    I love working with the volunteers and our Director Melissa Saunders that make up the Pine Tree Education Foundation. For over 10 years, the board members of PTEF have worked together to promote and fund innovative learning strategies for the staff and students of PTISD. During this school year, 63 students have received dual credit scholarships and over $30,000 was donated to fund 12 different grants supporting areas like technology, literature, music and computer literacy last year. 
    We are grateful for the families and community partners who support our efforts by establishing endowments and making donations to invest in the future of our students. There are great things happening in PTISD! Please join us!  

    Jennifer Harris, President  
    Thanks to the efforts of the Board members and Donors for the Education Foundation, meaningful learning is taking place outside the classroom walls – as real-life, hands-on activities and programs expand the learning experience while enlightening young minds.

    The Foundation is governed by a board of community citizens.

    2017 Board Members 

    Jennifer Harris, President
    Iva Holyfield, VP of Programs and Allocations
    Chapin Miller, Secretary
    Raymond Russell, Treasurer
    Judy Stiles, Parliamentarian
    Melissa Saunders, Education Foundation Director

    Anthony Tanner, Board of Trustees Representative
    Dr. T.J. Farler, Superintendent
    Leah Finley
    Ami Haygood 
    Molly Lane
    Karen Maines
    Carol Pope
    Donna Pruitt
    Amy Reese 
    Terri White
    Traci White 

    The Pine Tree ISD community, established in 1847, has had a long and successful commitment to excellence in education. It is the longest continuously named school district in the state of Texas. 

    When the Education Foundation was created in 2004, it began with a small number of donations and a large amount of dedication. Today, because of generous support from teachers, school district staff, parents and other community donors, enriching projects take place in our classrooms every day. 

    In April 2010, the Pine Tree Alumni Association which had been in operation since 1991, voted to merge with the Pine Tree Education Foundation to form a united organization which supports Pine Tree ISD. The Foundation considers all Pine Tree Alumni as members of our community:  Together we can achieve more.   

    Every year, the community is invited to enjoy a ceremony which honors outstanding graduates of Pine Tree ISD who have distinguished themselves in their professional, community and personal life.  The Distinguished Alumni Award winners bring great pride to Pine Tree.

    The efforts of generous donors have helped make this happen by funding everything from musical instruments, science projects, art supplies and all the necessary tools to make Pine Tree educators’ ambitions a reality.  Please consider making a contribution today. Contributions are tax-deductible. 

Melissa Gonzalez 

Education Foundation Director

Phone: (903)295-5021 

Email: [email protected] 

Our mission is to continue a tradition of excellence by providing a high-quality and challenging educational environment, maximizing opportunities for the success of all students, equipping them to become responsible, involved, and productive citizens.

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