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Lamar University Secures the Final NESTs

With the announcement for Caldwood and Curtis Elementary, all twelve eligible Beaumont ISD elementary campuses have now been sponsored to offer a Cardinal NEST through Lamar University (LU) and BISD business partnerships.  

The Cardinal NESTs enhance the ongoing partnerships with LU and the campuses in support and collaboration for quality learning opportunities for both BISD and LU students.

The Young Men’s Business League (YMBL) sponsored the Cardinal NEST at Caldwood. The sponsorship of $15,000 will cover the development and all resources for the innovative learning lab. YMBL board members Mike Bihm, Jay Johnson, Sal Guerrero, Bill Collins and Harvey Zernial joined LU President Jaime Taylor and LU Assistant to the President Norman Bellard and LU Community Relations, Economic Development and Student Access Executive Director Teresa Simpson for the check presentation.

“The YMBL is excited to bring this opportunity to Caldwood,” said Johnson, YMBL President. “We are excited to serve as volunteers to work with Lamar and provide student access opportunities creating a college going culture in our community.”

Curtis is the final BISD campus to build a Cardinal NEST, sponsored by Susan Conn McCurry and Roger McCurry, who also sponsored the Cardinal NEST at Regina-Howell. “My team has many great goals and an amazing vision for the Cardinal NEST,” said Cheryl Tripplett, Curtis Principal. 

“The vision began with former LU First Lady Nancy Evans, Norman Bellard, LU Assistant to the President, and Dr. Anita Frank, BISD Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education,” said Simpson. “The designated reading space for supporting BISD elementary students has evolved into what is now known as the Cardinal NEST, the innovative learning space that sparks and enhances the love of learning for our students.”

The goal for the Cardinal NEST is to create a safe and unique space for students in the community. The lab has been designed to spark the interest of learning in the areas of STEAM and Reading. It includes technology such as a STEM Green Screen, Lux Blox 3-D printer and an interactive MULTI Touch Triumph Board complete with over 150,000 lesson plans and activities.

“The Cardinal NEST is set to take students beyond their imagination fueled by their curiosity, passion and creativity for learning,” said Simpson. “It supports career exploration and cultivates an early college going culture, which was a passionate goal of our former first lady, Nancy Evans.”

All Cardinal NESTs at BISD are scheduled to open in Spring 2022.