The Longview ISD Foundation Announces the 2024 John W. Harrison, Jr. Academic Field Trip Grant for Fourth and Fifth Grade and Middle School Students
The 2024 John W. Harrison, Jr. Academic Field Trip Grant will fund academic field trips for fourth and fifth grade students and middle school students directly related to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills and student expectations for the subject and grade.  Funding not otherwise available for such projects will be funded up to $7,000.00. 
The Foundation will partner with the campus’s PTA, PTO, campus community partner, or other campus funding source through the budget to ensure that the trip is funded as needed.
The academic field trip grants are due to Kay Ray, Foundation executive director, by October 10, 2023, so that funding can be granted by December 1 to facilitate campus winners making their travel plans for the spring semester.
Through the John W. Harrison, Jr. Academic Field Trip, elementary students have visited the Perot Museum in Dallas and NASA in Houston to enhance classroom learning in math and science and Sky Ranch in Van, Texas, and SciPort Discover Center in Shreveport, Louisiana to enhance earth science learning,  while middle school students have visited the capitol building, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library, the Bullock Museum of Texas History, the Texas Military Museum in Austin, iFly in McKinney, the Stephen F. Austin State University Planetarium, the Caldwell Zoo, and Texas State Technical Institute to enhance classroom instruction in history, government, physics, earth science, animal science, and career choices.
The Foundation looks forward to receiving many grant applications from across the district and is proud to provide funding for this annual grant program. 
Since fall 2018, the Foundation has funded fourteen John W. Harrison, Jr. Academic Field Trip Grants for fourth and fifth grade and middle school students for a total of $61,733.74.
Through its three grant programs, the Longview ISD Foundation has returned a grand total of $1,042,092.19 to LISD classrooms and campuses in its twenty-eight-year history.