When students in Spring Branch ISD Title 1 pre-kindergarten, elementary and middle schools walked into their classrooms on the first day, they found their school supplies waiting for them, thanks to Spring Branch Education Foundation and partnerships with the Brenda & John Duncan YMCA, Trotter Family YMCA and Family Point Resources. Project School Supplies raised $59,226 to serve 13,226 economically disadvantaged students, approximately one-third of the SBISD student population.
Co-chairs Becky Fenn and Kristi Robishaw consolidated principal and teacher wish-lists, ordered the supplies and coordinated deliveries to 18 schools.
In addition to community support and the partnerships where members donated items and money, the Education Foundation of Harris County awarded a $10,000 grant in support of the Project. RBC Foundation USA awarded SBEF a grant of $7,500. Los Carnales/La Familia Motorcycle Club underwrote kindergarten grade level supplies at Spring Branch Elementary School.
First Community Credit Union donated $1,000. “We believe every child deserves a first-rate education. That means they have to start the school year with needed supplies to support learning. We love partnering with our friends at SBEF to make an ongoing difference in the community,” said Nancy Trennel, EVP/CMO at First Community Credit Union.
Texas House Representative Penny Morales Shaw, District 148, made a donation of $1,500 for the students in her district. She said, “I’m so proud to support SBEF’s Project School Supplies, which aims to make sure every student has the tools needed on day one to achieve success throughout the school year. Supporting Spring Branch families, teachers and support staff is especially important to me after the difficult challenges we have all faced. A special thank you to SBEF for the dedication to students year after year.”
“Having the right supplies unlocks opportunities,” said Cece Thompson, SBEF executive director. “Working with the community and staff, our goal is to remove barriers to learning.”
SBEF provides a vehicle for donors to make tax-deductible gifts to benefit Spring Branch ISD to enhance the education of its 35,000 students.
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. All Foundation dollars, donor designated or unrestricted, are only used to support programs that align with the Foundation’s mission by funding teacher grants, district grants and scholarships for SBISD students. Since 1993, the Foundation has donated more than $16 million to the district. SBEF is a 501(c)3 organization; all donations are tax deductible.