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Collective Greatness in action this Thanksgiving

Nottingham Elementary School CIS Student Support Manager Yvonne Rodriguez


Throughout the Spring Branch ISD community, Thanksgiving meals are being organized and provided to families in need by a multitude of generous donors. 

Here is a short list of big collaborations happening across multiple campuses, under the leadership of Communities in Schools (CIS) Student Support Managers:

  • Families from 12 SBISD schools received donated turkeys and food items from the East Spring Branch Food Pantry.
  • The family of Woodview Elementary art teacher, Mary Elizabeth Schnake, donated grocery order gift cards for families with COVID-19 restrictions or with limited transportation. Woodview life skills teacher, Isabel Arras-Osborne, assists with food deliveries to homes where her at-risk students live whose parents do not have transportation to the food pantry.
  • At Spring Woods High School, CIS Student Support Manager Celix Cortez organized a food drive. Staff members and the Beta Club student group collected enough food for 45 complete meals distributed to families at SWHS, Spring Oaks Middle School and Tiger Trail School for Early Learning.
  • At Nottingham Elementary, members of the PTA donated turkeys and side dishes for 16 families at the school.
  • The Memorial High School tennis team provided 60 bags of Thanksgiving groceries and 60 $20 gift cards for turkeys to families at Pine Shadows Elementary. Life skills students at MHS made “Happy Thanksgiving” cards for each bag of food.
  • Stratford High School donated 25 Thanksgiving baskets to families at their sister school, Northbrook High School. Each basket contained a $25 gift card for additional groceries.



Recipients are very thankful and will have a better Thanksgiving holiday because of the heartfelt generosity of so many in the SBISD community who exemplify the power of Collective Greatness.

"Thank you for the food you are putting on our table,” wrote a parent in a thank you note to the East Spring Branch Food Pantry. “In times like these, when we are in need, you help my family, and for that we thank you.”