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Grant provides books for 1st and 2nd graders’ home libraries

Spring Branch Education Foundation, the nonprofit partner of Spring Branch Independent School District (SBISD), has announced a $25,000 grant from the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation. The grant will be used to buy new books for all SBISD first and second graders to support at-home and summer learning.

“Our teachers and faculty are very excited about this opportunity,” said Cece Thompson, executive director of SBEF. “These books will be a gift to each child’s home library, increasing the likelihood of maintaining or improving a child’s reading level during the summer.”

The Barbara Bush Foundation, established in 2013, is a nonprofit organization focused on elevating awareness of Houston’s literacy crisis and increasing literacy rates across the city of people of all ages.

First Lady Barbara Bush famously said, “If you help a person to read, then their opportunities in life will be endless.”

The Barbara Bush Foundation’s purpose aligns with SBEF’s mission to enhance education and prepare students for the future.

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 $15 million to the district. SBEF is a 501(c)3 organization; all donations are tax deductible.