The School Zone: News


In November, you probably saw (or even participated) in the No Shave Challenge, a community challenge designed to help raise funds for those in need. What you may not have seen was the results of that challenge.

If you're not convinced that some stubble and a lot of compassionate folks can positively impact lives, read and share this story. It's a great reminder that a little help can go a long way in getting a family back on track – during the holidays or any time of the year.

"Yesterday morning I did a home visit to a family's house who did not have any furniture and struggling to pay the light bill and rent. I had a company who did No Shave November as a fundraiser and wanted to donate the money raised," said the Communities in Schools (CIS) Student Support Manager at an elementary school in SBISD (the school name will not be used to protect the anonymity of the family).

"Gray McCracken with Jacob White Construction, went on the home visit with me to see what was needed. Mr. McCracken went to Gallery Furniture and Walmart, and by the end of the day, Jacob White Construction had filled the home with love," said the CIS manager. 


"They received one queen bed, two twin beds, three dressers, kitchen table and chairs, two couches, one end table, one coffee table, TV, TV stand, two bean bag chairs, curtains, a lamp, bathroom mats and towels, kitchen essentials (pots and pans, dishes, silverware), all new bedding, blankets, and two $150 gift cards to HEB and Walmart.

"On top of that, Mr. McCracken talked with a friend at C. F. McDonald Electric, Inc., and together, they paid the backed up light bill of $575, and  J & S Mechanical covered the January rent of $1,280. So they are all caught up to February."

It's impressive when you realize that all this was accomplished in a few hours with a few scruffy faces! Thank you to those scruffy faces and our fantastic network of community members for their support of our families. No matter your role, you can and do shape lives in Spring Branch and SBISD schools. 


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