As a new school year kicked off, the Spring Branch community came together to help equip students with school supplies and gift cards for a successful school year.
The Spring Branch Education Foundation (SBEF) raised more than $120,000 for school supplies through their annual Project School Supplies, which will serve 16,949 students across 40 Spring Branch ISD schools.
The initiative has raised money for school supplies for economically disadvantaged students since 2005.
Donors this year included the Harris County Department of Education, who awarded a $15,000 grant to Project School Supplies, Memorial High School students, who sold their art and photography pieces and donated the profits to the initiative and the 2021 Style Show and Luncheon, which raised $8,425 and provided the earnings to the campaign.
“We are grateful for all the donations and the continued support from our community,” said Cece Thompson, SBEF executive director. “We are committed to helping students succeed in the classroom and school supplies are an essential part of their learning journey.”
But the community efforts to help students do not stop there.
Memorial Assistance Ministries (MAM) donated thousands of dollars in gift cards for economically disadvantaged families in SBISD.
The gift cards were distributed by Communities in Schools (CIS) social workers, who work to connect families to resources across the community.
MAM has been an active supporter of SBISD students and provides gift cards for families in need annually. They also distribute resources to families in need throughout the year.
“We want all of our students to have all the tools they need to prosper academically and organizations like MAM make this possible,” said Cristal Cervantes, Spring Oaks Middle CIS social worker. “We are extremely thankful for their support.”
Other community groups that took part in back-to-school efforts include Wallis Bank, who donated school supplies to Shadow Oaks Elementary, Brookdale Senior Living, whose residents and visitors donated to Spring Shadows Elementary and Emerson Automation Solutions, who donated to Cedar Brook Elementary.
“Our employees collected school supplies for students at Cedar Brook to ensure they had the tools necessary for a successful new school year,” said Leah Ruiz, Emerson Automation Solutions IT project manager. “At Emerson, we believe it is important to support organizations that play significant roles in enhancing the quality of life in the communities we serve.”
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