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17th Annual Rochelle and Sidney Hochman Educational Support Grant


Posted Date: 12/20/2018

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In an effort to enhance the public education of Laredoans, Dr. Michael A. Hochman, the local retina surgeon, and ophthalmologist, has donated monies to fund The 17th Annual Rochelle and Sidney Hochman Educational Support Grant, available for local public school teachers in both United Independent School District and the Laredo Independent School District.  The donation is designed to benefit the learning experience of Laredo students by providing teachers with an additional resource for classroom needs essential to the learning process. Ten thousand dollars has been earmarked for local teachers in both school districts for the current school year.

Thirty-five teachers from United ISD were awarded grants in amounts varying from $100-$500, dependent upon individual classroom needs. The competitive grants are given to support Laredo public school classrooms in the form of supplies, equipment, and other supplementary teaching materials.  

According to Dr. Hochman, “I established the grant seventeen years ago because I wanted to help the local public schools. I, myself, was a product of public schooling, which of course played an integral role in my academic, professional, and personal success. I know that local funding is tight, so I’d like to do my part to help Laredo students get the best education possible. The children of our community represent our future and helping them receive the quality education they deserve creates a strong foundation for the continued success of Laredo. 

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