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Longevity and dedication to Spring Branch ISD were celebrated during the district’s annual Service Awards event on April 23.

For a third year, employees achieving service milestones ‘on the fives’ (five, 10, 15, 20… up to 40 years of service to SBISD) were invited to attend a celebration at Minute Maid Park to join with fellow honorees at a pre-game reception in Union Station and enjoy the Astros baseball game as a group.

“The event made me feel appreciated and part of the SBISD family,” commented Farah Ranjbaran, celebrating 20 years of service.

Each honoree received two tickets pre-loaded with food and beverage credit to enjoy refreshments during the game. The Astros' Dollar Hot Dog Night helped to stretch the tickets’ allowance.

“I thought it was a really nice event,” said Kasey Bonham. “I've worked in other districts in which service anniversaries were barely recognized in an end of the year campus meeting. It made me feel that my years of service are appreciated.”

The service awardees also received a desk flag, decal and pin to commemorate their service anniversaries. Employees with 20-plus years of service earned a service award gift of their choice in appreciation of their longevity in the district.

Other invitees to the Service Awards celebration included retirees completing their careers in SBISD in the past year. More than 25 attended the event, and were treated to an on-field, pre-game recognition along the first base line.

The retirees invited to the event dedicated more than 2,200 combined years of service to the district.

Forty-two Teachers of the Year were invited to the April 23 celebration, as well. Six from the group were named SBISD Teacher of the Year Finalists. During the SBISD portion of the pre-game ceremony, Lizzy Snelling from Northbrook Middle School and Michelle Clements of Housman Elementary School were announced as the 2019 District Teachers of the Year (Secondary and Elementary). Read more here.

District and campus leaders also attended the evening celebration at Minute Maid Park to demonstrate support and appreciation for the service achievements of their staff and colleagues.

“Can I come again [next year]?!” asked Lilia Amaro on the post-event survey.

All told, close to 1,250 SBISD employees and their guests came to the ballpark for an evening of celebration and camaraderie, and were certainly the catalyst for the Astros’ 10-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

Click here to see a list of all 2019 Service Awardees, 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 retirees. Congratulations.

See event video here.


Submitted by Becky Wuerth, SBISD Communications