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$139,982 awarded to projects for SBISD students

At its May 24 Board meeting, Spring Branch Education Foundation (SBEF) approved $139,982 in grants to fund innovative education-enhancing projects throughout Spring Branch Independent School District.
Each year, the Foundation calls for grant applications, up to $5,000 each, from any of its 46 school campuses. District-wide projects are eligible for larger grants. Faculty members and volunteers are encouraged to apply.

“SBEF grants provide students and staff with opportunities for innovative projects,” says Donnie Roseman, a member of the SBEF Board of Directors and chair of the Program and Assessment Committee. “Community members make the grants possible by donating to the Foundation and by supporting its fundraisers.

“We are especially pleased this year to fund every grant application. Early in the school year, we appealed to the community to help care for staff and student families who were displaced by Hurricane Harvey. In addition to contributing more than $1 million to the SBEF Harvey Relief Fund, donors generously made these grants possible.”

The Foundation awarded four district-wide grants: 

  • Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum – The grant will fund Road Shows that take the museum to first-grade classrooms and Study Trips for second graders who travel to the museum. A third program, Tall Tales and Art, is a community summer reading and art experience led by SBISD art teachers. All are closely coordinated with grade-level curriculum.
  • J. Landon Short Mini-Grants for Educators – This block grant provides individual grants to SBISD educators who seek transformational ways to enrich the learning environment. The grants provide a small amount of funding to make possible big ideas in classrooms.
  • SpringBoard Mentoring Program – Almost 500 students on 36 SBISD campuses spend an hour each week with community mentors thanks to this grant. The relationships help students who are on the brink of success build self-confidence, develop communication and interpersonal skills, discover their passions and find meaningful connections between school and the future.
  • Vanguard Fellowship – Vanguard Fellows are teachers who stretch themselves as risk-takers and design-thinkers who refine their practices through job-embedded coaching. This grant will provide recognition for their efforts.

Other grants were designated for campus projects:

  • Bendwood Elementary School – SPIRAL classrooms for students in grades 3-5 will receive additional computers for individual research.
  • Bunker Hill Elementary School – Kindergartners will begin their lifelong love for reading with materials in Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project classroom library kits.
  • Cedar Brook Elementary School – Chromebooks and iPads will help teachers personalize lesson plans for students in grades 2-5.
  • Hollibrook Elementary School – Students will receive new grade-level books for their home libraries before summer and winter breaks.
  • Hunter’s Creek Elementary School – With individual Chromebooks, fourth graders will work independently, engaged in personalized learning.
  • Memorial Drive Elementary School – A field trip to the George Ranch Historical Park will help fourth graders relate to Texas pioneers of the 1820-30 period.
  • Memorial Middle School – An innovative program using VEX building kits and computers will introduce students to engineering concepts and encourage them to pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs.
  • Northbrook Middle School – Incoming students will enjoy a summer bridge camp, the innovative STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) Leadership Academy.
  • Nottingham Elementary School – Use of Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project study units will ensure personalized opportunities for students in grades 3-5 to pursue their interests and growth potential.
  • Pine Shadows Elementary School – All students will benefit from the redesign of interior courtyards into outdoor classrooms.
  • Ridgecrest Elementary School – Kindergartners through second graders will enjoy a STEMates Robotic Club where they will build on their budding STEM experiences.
  • Rummel Creek Elementary School – New software and technology will help fifth graders overcome reading and learning challenges caused by dyslexia and dysgraphia.
  • Sherwood Elementary School – Flexible classroom seating, from bean bags to standing desks to stability balls, will meet the needs of students who require movement without distracting other students.
  • Spring Branch Elementary School – A STEM Studio for grades 3-5 will help students learn Design Thinking: understanding a challenge and the people if affects, generating possible solutions and developing a final product.
  • Spring Branch Middle School – EVERY student will have an opportunity to learn from a field trip experience to the Holocaust Museum Houston, The Houston Museum of Natural Science, Sheldon Lake State Park and Environmental Learning Center or The Health Museum.
  • Spring Forest Middle School – SFMS is the district’s most diverse campus. A communication kiosk in the school’s front office will provide information in each parent’s native language to increase parent involvement and student success.
  • Spring Woods Middle School – The Learning Together Strengths Academy curriculum will build hope, resiliency and engagement for incoming sixth graders.
  • Stratford High School – All students will benefit from the computer lab revitalization, including new devices and the latest software platforms.
  • Thornwood Elementary School – A project-based STEAM library program will allow fourth graders to collaboratively work to solve problems from water crises to food production.
  • Westchester Academy for International Studies – Eighth graders will use touch screen tablets to master math skills, as teachers use formative data to assign interventions for remediation and enrichment.

“We encourage PTAs, principals and teachers to apply for grants,” said SBEF Executive Director CeceThompson. Community members who wish to support a specific program at a designated campus can make a tax-deductible donation to the Foundation and earmark it for that school. Call 713.251.2381 or visit springbrancheducationfoundation.com for more information.

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 ̅prepare 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 $11 million to the district. SBEF is a 501(c)3 organization; all donations are tax deductible.