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Spring Branch Elementary Principal Lynn Austin with Chick-fil-A store leaders Sloane Pardue, Courtney Rice and Erin Fry


Students and teachers at three Spring Branch ISD schools will have a few less school supplies to buy thanks to the generosity of Chick-fil-A customers in the area. A bounty of backpacks, pencils, notebooks, glues and so much more was donated this month.

For a third year, Chick-fil-A restaurants in the area inspired their customers to step up and donate school supplies in a campaign called “Stuff the Bus.” Those who donated three or more school supplies from a published list earned a voucher on their Chick-fil-A app for a free chicken sandwich.

This was the first year four Chick-fil-A restaurants collaborated to promote the school supply drive. Locations included I-10 and Silber Road, Memorial City Mall, Beltway 8 and Hammerly, and Memorial and Dairy Ashford .

“It’s exciting to see what it has turned into with all of us participating,” said Sloane Pardue, Senior Marketing Director of the I-10 and Silber Road and Memorial City Mall Chick-fil-A stores.

Enough supplies were donated to fill seats on an SBISD bus that was parked at one of the restaurants to promote the supply drive and advertise the need for more SBISD bus drivers with a recruitment sign in the window.

“We were glad to partner with Chick-fil-A to help get supplies for our students,” said Sheri Lawson, SBISD director of transportation.

The Chick-fil-A team chose three SBISD schools to receive the donated items: Woodview Elementary, Spring Branch Elementary and Thornwood Elementary. The supplies were delivered to each location via a school bus driven by Transportation driver Sharon Erisman. The managers from the four Chick-fil-A restaurants were on board to hand-deliver the supplies to the building principals.

Woodview Principal Becky Hagan helps unload donations from
Chick-fil-A customers

Knowing many students will benefit from the generosity, Principal Becky Hagan was beaming as boxes of supplies were delivered to Woodview Elementary just before the start of school.

At Spring Branch Elementary, Principal Lynn Austin assembled her office and counseling team to thank the campaign ringleaders.

“I think having community partners like Chick-fil-A is fantastic,” said Austin. “We rely on community partners to help us serve our kids. I am really thankful.”

Thornwood Elementary principal Vicki Lullo said, “Our need for school supplies never ends. The community reaching out to us, thinking of us and supporting us is wonderful. We are so grateful.”

Ms. Pardue summed up the Chick-fil-A store leaders’ motivations for conducting the Stuff the Bus campaign:

“We want to take good care of the community, and inspire our guests to join us with a joyful spirit.”

by Becky Wuerth, SBISD Communications

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