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ContentGuard 'invests' in Marshall students with donation

By Bridget Ortigo
July 8, 2015 at 4 a.m.

ContentGuard presents a $25,000 donation to the Marshall ISD Education Foundation on Tuesday. Pictured, from left, are foundation President Diane Seal, ContentGuard Representative Mark Solyar, MISD Superintendent Marc Smith and foundation board member and McKool Smith attorney Jennifer Truelove.

Plano headquartered ContentGuard made a sizeable "investment" into the students of Marshall ISD on Tuesday through a donation to the Marshall ISD Education Foundation.

Mark Spolyar handed over a $25,000 check to foundation President Diane Seal to support the district's teachers and students.

"Over the course of the past two years, our company has been here working with McKool Smith with litigation and we've been in the community and met a lot of folks and young folks," Spolyar said. "We wanted to be good corporate citizens, and we saw the things they are doing now with the bond issue and the new STEM programs and hiring of teachers with masters and wanted to support them."

Spolyar said the company places great significance on the education of today's youth.

"Education is important to us as well, as a company," Spolyar said. "We've been impressed with what they are doing in the district and the community and wanted to support that cause. These are good programs for the community."

Seal said the money will go directly back to the classrooms and students through the foundation's teacher grants program.

The foundation has also worked over the past few years to raise money in the hopes of offering it to teachers with master's degrees to attract them to Marshall ISD.

"This investment will be put to good use," Seal told Spolyar Tuesday. "I can't tell you of all the impact in the lives of teachers and kids this will have. We graduate good kids that do amazing things."

Seal said teachers can write a grant application for money to be turned in by mid-June every year. A committee looks at each grant before selecting the ones to be awarded at the district's convocation ceremony in the fall.

"These are grants for innovative ideas," Seal said. "The foundation is a great tool to be able to enhance the classrooms in ways that teachers would not have access to without our help."

Sam Houston Middle School Teacher Jennifer Hoskins was awarded a grant for science that involved SciPort from Shreveport actually bringing a mobile solar system to the school.

Since its inception in 2011, the foundation has given the district back more than $44,000 through its programs.

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