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Port Isabel Texas School District Receives $120K Donation From Elon Musk Foundation

Port Isabel Texas School District Receives $120K Donation From Elon Musk Foundation

SpaceX founder Elon Musk continues to delight Cameron County, Texas, schools with generous donations as part of a $20 million dollar grant he plans to award for education. The Point Isabel Independent School District situated in Port Isabel, across South Padre Island, announced that it received approximately $123,000 dollars from the Musk Foundation on Friday afternoon. Teri A. Capistran, superintendent of the school district said: “We are pleased to announce we are recipients of a donation from the Elon Musk Foundation. We look forward to the impact this donation will have in enhancing our CTE [Career and Technical Education] programs.” The school district is situated at a beach their mascot is a tarpon fish. –“Tarpon Nation is delighted to be part of the journey of space exploration and innovation that SpaceX will bring to our students. Great things are happening in Point Isabel ISD!” she stated in a Twitter post.

SpaceX is developing the Starship launch vehicle at Boca Chica Beach around half-an-hour away from Port Isabel across the ocean. Space enthusiasts gather to watch Starship flight tests at the Island to watch from a safe distance, as seen in video below. Engineers are currently preparing to launch the Starship SN15 prototype approximately 10-kilometers above the sandy village. The vehicle is expected to fly before this month ends. Musk envisions transforming the small beach into a space port – the ‘Gateway to Mars’ – from where a fleet of at least one thousand Starships will liftoff to colonize the Red Planet over the course of the next 20 years. By then, Cameron County students should be ready to change the course of humanity's future, perhaps, they will be inspired by nearby SpaceX launch operations to become astronauts and engineers. Mars will need all kinds of professionals, scientists of varying fields, including doctors and teachers, even mechanics and gardening experts that will terraform the Martian terrain to become self-sustaining. Musk hopes the first colony on Mars is established before the year 2050.

It is important for children to have the resources to achieve their goals through education, funding educational programs today ensures a better future for humanity. The Musk Foundation also donated thousands of dollars to other school districts in Cameron County. $2 million dollars to Brownsville Independent School District which manages 54 public schools, and $459,000 dollars to IDEA Public Schools. The donation amounts are based on how many students are served per district. In March, Musk said he also has plans to donate $10 million to the City of Brownsville for ‘downtown revitalization.’ Read more in the TESMANIAN news stories linked below.



SpaceX Starship SN10 Launch Seen From South Padre Island Texas


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Evelyn J. Arevalo joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover news as a Space Journalist and SpaceX Starbase Texas Correspondent. Evelyn is specialized in rocketry and space exploration. The main topics she covers are SpaceX and NASA.

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