The School Zone: News

When they arrived at school on Aug. 16, economically disadvantaged students in Spring Branch ISD schools found their school supplies waiting for them. Generous donations to Spring Branch Education Foundation (SBEF), the Brenda and John Duncan YMCA and the Trotter Family YMCA made this possible.

Pam Goodson and Kathy Bennett coordinated the school supply drive for SBEF, working with YMCA partners. The community contributed $25,000 to the effort.

Photo: Brenda and John Duncan YMCA volunteers enjoy a mountain of backpacks before they are sorted for SBISD schools.

"The school supply project took on a new look this year,” Goodson said. “Creating a partnership with the Trotter and Duncan YMCAs helped SBEF better serve SBISD students. The collaborative effort between the YMCAs, SBEF and the community resulted in every economically disadvantaged student in every SBISD Title 1 elementary school receiving supplies.”

Each year, the YMCA of Greater Houston helps approximately 120,000 students throughout the city, according to Wade Schrock, community executive director of the Duncan YMCA, located on Clay Road. “In our area, the best way to serve the 3,500 SBISD students near us is through collaboration with SBEF.”

Duncan and Trotter YMCAs collect supplies through membership drives and donations from neighborhood business and organization partners.

“Our members start asking for the collection boxes in June,” said Tamina Allen, outreach director of the Trotter YMCA on Augusta Drive. “Members love this particular program, and the recipients are so appreciative.”

“Success of the SBEF school supply project was the direct result of our community's commitment to every student starting school with the supplies necessary for a successful year. We are indebted to every YMCA member who donated supplies or a backpack, to business partners and SBEF donors who contributed money and to Educational Products Inc., which discounted supplies for us,” Bennett said.


About Spring Branch Education Foundation:

Spring Branch Education Foundation is committed to supporting SBISD students and educators. It partners with the district and community to fund programs that enhance education and ̅students for the future. In 2016, Caruthers Institute ranked SBEF 42nd in the nation among 188 K-12 education foundations and in the top 10 of its division of foundations with $1 million to $1,999,999 in revenues. Since 1993, the Foundation has donated more than $13 million to the district. SBEF is a 501(c)3 organization; all donations are tax deductible.