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Katy ISD Partners in Education to Celebrate Mentors at Ties and Tiaras

Feb 16, 2015

​Katy ISD will celebrate the time, effort and heart of KEYS mentors across the District while supporting KEYS Scholarships at Ties & Tiaras on March 5 from 5:30–7:30 p.m.  NOAH'S of Katy, located at 21402 Merchants Way, was selected as this year's venue.  This year's festivities include honoring the 2015 Mentors of the Year and KEYS Scholarship Sponsors, along with back-to-back entertainment provided by five Katy ISD high school show choirs and the Mayde Creek High School Cripple Creek Fiddlers.  Also joining the event will be the Taylor High School student artists who created this year's KEYS scholarship masterpiece.

Every year Ties & Tiaras honors Katy ISD's family of mentors who spend up to one hour each week with their students. Revenue from ticket sales, along with support from local corporate sponsors, benefits the KEYS Scholarship Fund. Ties & Tiaras 2015 Platinum Sponsors include Firethorne, Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union and the Pratt family.  Gold Sponsors include Memorial Hermann Katy, Wood Group, H-E-B and Members Choice Credit Union.  The event will be catered by Hasta La Pasta, a corporate underwriter.

Since its inception in 2006, the KEYS Scholarship Fund has awarded $200,000 to graduating KEYS seniors.  KEYS – Keep Encouraging Youth toward Success – is a relationship initiative that matches a caring adult with a student on the brink of success for up to one hour a week, during the school day, during the school year.  Piloted during the 1995-1996 school year, this program now extends to every campus in Katy ISD.  KEYS is not a tutoring program, but rather a relationship program, with many mentors and their students sustaining their friendship year after year.  

KEYS and KEYS Scholarships are offered by Partners in Education, the Katy ISD department that brings the community into the classroom. Additional questions may be directed to Martha Brown at marthabrown@katyisd.org.

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