Wyatt Ranches, on behalf of The Wyatt Foundation, donated $185,000 to various schools near their cattle ranching divisions in Nueces, Starr and Duval Counties. The funds will be used for a school bus at Ramirez Common School District, a playground at Agua Dulce Independent School District, scholarships for students and musical instruments requested by a district employee at San Diego ISD, scholarships for students at San Isidro ISD, and weight-training sports equipment already in place at Banquete ISD.
In Ramirez, the elementary school had requested a new school bus due to their aging fleet and their use of an SUV for one of their bus routes. The school will receive $65,000 to purchase a new, fully loaded and equipped Thomas Minotour school bus. The bus should be delivered in 60 to 90 days to the district.
When told of the grant’s approval and funding this week, Interim Superintendent Yliana Gonzalez stated she was, “super excited for Ramirez CSD.” Gonzalez is hopeful the bus manufacturer would deliver the new bus before the new school year begins.
The Agua Dulce ISD Interim Superintendent, Nora Lopez, along with City of Agua Dulce Mayor John Howard, had contacted the Ranches earlier this year with a request for a new school playground. The district will receive $50,000, an amount greater than their request, for the playground equipment.
Wyatt Ranches’ Administrator, Bradford Wyatt, stated all he could remember from his elementary school playground was, “a huge, rigidity jungle gym.” He added, “Today’s playgrounds are far safer; and, the elementary school students will certainly have fun with what the principal has planned for their playground.”
In San Isidro, where The Wyatt Foundation had previously provided a grant for the construction of a swimming pool on the San Isidro ISD campus, two $10,000 college scholarships will, again, be presented to the district for two of their Class of 2019 seniors.
SIISD School Board Trustee Oscar Saenz stated, “Wyatt Ranches and The Wyatt Foundation have been a great community partner in San Isidro.”
The two scholarships are to be coordinated by the school district’s superintendent, Mario Alvarado.
In San Diego, Desi De La Garza had contacted Wyatt Ranches in January, seeking assistance for the San Diego ISD’s Music Department in her away-from-work capacity as a booster club member. The Wyatt Foundation will donate $10,000 in response to her request; and, upon the recommendation of Duval County Sheriff Romeo Ramirez, two $10,000 scholarships will also be donated for two of San Diego’s Class of 2019 seniors. The Foundation will donate the scholarships directly to the district this week; and, they will be awarded and coordinated as deemed appropriate by the district.
Billy Wells, President of The Wyatt Foundation, said, “Usually, we like to encourage the districts to provide these scholarships for either vocational trade students or college students who have an interest in cattle ranching. However, in the end, we usually yield to the districts’ suggestions…as they are more familiar with their students’ individual needs.”
Earlier this year, Wyatt Ranches was also approached by Banquete ISD needing sports weight-lifting equipment to replace their aging machines. Their district received a grant of $20,000 for the new weight-training equipment at school’s weight room; and, the equipment is already in place.
Situated in South Texas and also in West Texas, Wyatt Ranches has six cattle ranching divisions. These cattle ranches are scattered south from Agua Dulce to the Rio Bravo; and west from Marfa to Valentine, with some ranches supplemented with agricultural farming operations.
The Wyatt Foundation has made numerous donations to governmental entities and non-profit organizations in the rural areas of both South and West Texas…as well as donations for hospitals and teaching universities in the metropolitan areas of Texas. The Foundation’s Board of Directors include the Hon. Ana Lisa Garza, Billy C. Wells, Don C. Nelson, Steven B. Wyatt, and Bradford A. Wyatt.