LONE OAK — The community will have a chance to enjoy a shrimp dinner and help support the educational enrichment of students served by Lone Oak Independent School District at the Third Annual Eddie Payne & Friends’ Shrimp Boil Saturday, Oct. 19.
The event, which will be at Innovation First in Greenville, is a fundraiser for the Lone Oak ISD Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides teacher grants for educational equipment, technology, supplies or materials that aren’t otherwise funded by the state or the city.
“What we try to do, is encourage teachers to think outside the box when they apply for grants,” said LOISD Education Foundation President Liz Norman. “In the past, we gave a grant to an anatomy and physiology teacher for virtual reality headsets and software so the students could get a more detailed look at body systems. We’re always looking for teachers who are asking for innovative teaching tools.”
While the foundation has not yet set specific dates for this school year’s grant application process, they expect to have the applications ready for teachers to fill out by the end of October and will accept them into December. After review of the applications, the grants will be awarded in January.
“Last year, we raised almost $35,000 and awarded 14 grants throughout the district, across all grades,” Norman said. “We very much appreciate all the support we get because improving education is beneficial county-wide, not just to Lone Oak.”
The shrimp boil itself will include musical entertainment courtesy of Band of Brothers – a country, blues and classic rock band from the Dallas area – as well as a raffle items donated by area businesses and individuals and a few games of bingo.
“We really want it to mainly be a fun night out,” Norman said. “We had the first shrimp boil at Eddie Payne’s house two years ago, and last year it grew to the point to where we had to move it someplace else, and now we have the boil at Innovation First.”
Tickets to the boil can be purchased online at https://bit.ly/33q7wtb, or by calling the Lone Oak ISD Education Foundation at 903-226-3006. There will also be a limited number of tickets available for purchase at the door.
Tickets cost $50 each.