History of the Tibbals Tree
The Wylie ISD Education Foundation established a Fellows program in the fall of 2006. Individuals, groups, or businesses can become Foundation Fellows with a gift of $1,000 or more to the Foundation’s general endowment. If desired, Fellows can be named in honor or memory of someone. Fellows will be recognized with a leaf on the “Tree of Honor and Knowledge” which is located in the Wylie ISD Educational Service Center.
Named endowments can be established with a minimum gift to the Foundation of $10,000. Each year, a grant or scholarship (as specified by the donor), can be awarded in the name of the endowment. Endowments ensure the perpetuity of the foundation and can be paid as a one-time donation or over a five-year period. Awards can begin when the endowment level is achieved.
The “Tree of Honor and Knowledge” is a custom cast bronze sculpture. Brass, copper, and silver colored leaves are placed on a clear panel that sits over the trunk and branches. Engraved stones are arranged around the base of the tree. Each leaf and stone denotes a level of giving to the Wylie ISD Education Foundation and serves as a perpetual honor. The tree will stand as a representation of those committed to “Endowing Excellence in Learning.”