P R O G R E S S   R E P O R T    \\     March 2021

Thank you to ALL our donors! Last March, we could never have anticipated the impact COVID-19 would have on our community or school district. Your generosity has surpassed our expectations. We do not take you for granted; as a matter of fact, we believe we have the best and most supportive donors in the world!

 

SBEF kicks off Project School Supplies

Did you know approximately 59 percent of Spring Branch ISD students are economically disadvantaged? Project School Supplies provides these students with the right tools to confidently walk into their classrooms on the first day of school ready to succeed.

That’s why even before one school year ends, SBEF plans the next academic year’s Project School Supplies. The Project has a 10-year successful track record of providing thousands of students with appropriate grade-level supplies from crayons to binders.

In 2021-2022, we want to furnish economically disadvantaged students (with a goal of providing for every student) in all Title 1 pre-kindergarten, elementary and middle schools with individual supplies as well as backpacks and classroom tissues and hand sanitizers. Supplies that would normally cost $35-40 are available to SBEF for as little as $10, thanks to on-going relationships with national wholesale vendors.

A generous grant from the Wilchester Men’s Club provides calculators for senior math classes at Northbrook High School. Similar donations are a blessing to our students.

Thank you for supporting the 2021-2022 Project School Supplies!

  • $10 will provide for one student.
  • $250 will provide for 1 classroom.
  • $1,000 will provide for 1 grade level.

Click here to donate online or mail a check to:

Spring Branch Education Foundation
955 Campbell Road, Suite 206
Houston, TX 77024

The 2021-2022 Project School Supplies is dedicated to the memory of Patty Busmire. Patty and her daughter, Becky, got the Project off the ground and nurtured it to significant growth.

The CARES Act Charitable Giving Incentives allowing individuals who do not itemize their deductions to deduct charitable contributions, up to $300, from their annual gross income (AGI) for contributions in 2020 has been extended to 2021. Additionally, cash contribution limits have been raised for gifts to public charities: individuals are now subject to a limit of 100 percent of AGI (up from 60 percent) for both 2020 and 2021. You may be able to offset significant amounts of your income if you contribute to Spring Branch Education Foundation.

 

2021 SBISD seniors respond to call for scholarship applications

This year’s seniors heard the call for SBEF scholarship applications and responded – 245 strong! The Scholarship Committee is carefully reviewing the apps and will name the recipients in May.

You can help us say “yes!” to all applicants. Consider donating to our scholarship fund here. While many scholarships are academic- or needs-based, ours are determined by each student’s holistic achievements: personal qualities, school and community involvement, family life and academics.

 

Grant applications also poured in

Volunteers and faculty members dreamed big and submitted 25 applications for campus and district-wide grants. We are depending on generous donations and successful fund-raising events (Saturday Night Fever Gala, Golf Classic and Style Show) to fund as many grants as possible. Thank you for contributing to this success!
 

Photo: (left to right) Bunker Hill Dad’s Club members Mark Ring, Will Canfield, Chris Fort and Colby Mueck

Sporting Clay Tournament sets record 

Doug Goodson and Rob Stewart, co-chairs of Spring Branch Education Foundation’s ninth annual Sporting Clay Tournament, welcomed 56 teams to the Greater Houston Sports Club in early February. Before the day was over, participants had raised a record-breaking $58,726 for grants and scholarships.

Executive Director Cece Thompson says SBEF is grateful to the community. “We’re blessed with vendors and neighbors who recognize that our fundraising efforts have been compromised by the pandemic. They continue to step up to the plate. Our supporters appreciate the Sporting Clay Tournament as a fun event and were ready to get outside in a safe and comfortable environment. Our chairs did a wonderful job – and are ready to spearhead the event next year!” Mark that date: Monday, Feb. 7, 2022.

 

Grants in Action 

Each year, SBEF helps fund J. Landon Short Mini-grants, which allow teachers up to $500 to explore best-practice projects that enhance classroom education.

Woodview Elementary students benefitted from one of the grants in the form of a Black History Month gallery contest. The school’s librarian purchased books for research, creative supplies and certificates for winning students. Participants chose to create a mural or diorama or present a book report portraying the life story of an important Black American – from Harriet Tubman to President Barack Obama to Kobe Bryant.

SBISD Community Engagement Specialist Katie Redd said, “The creativity shown by the students was incredible, and the cultural significance was so important.”

 
 

Don’t miss these FUNdraising events!

Saturday Night Fever Gala goes virtual

There’s time for you to register for SBEF’s first virtual event. Co-chairs Brianna and David Cisarik and Linda and Tom DeBesse look forward to seeing you on the screen. Register before April 7 to “Dance the Night Away” on April 10.

Click here to check out all the packages ranging from the $10,000 Disco Fever to $350 Disco Dinner. We’re not “Jive Talkin” when we tell you not to miss this meal: Ciro’s Signature Salad, Chicken Marsala with Linguine Dominic and bread, followed by the famous Mamas “C” dessert. All packages include various treats, and most include wine.

Once you pick up dinner at Ciro’s on Katy Freeway, plan to Zoom with other supporters and warm up for a live auction. It’ll be hard to decide where to focus your bidding: a 2021 Advanced EV electric 6-seater golf cart; a 4-bedroom home for 5 nights at Watersound 30A; a 4-bedroom retreat at Meadow Village Chalet in Big Sky, Montana; a custom-design blue topaz and diamond ring; and more.

You’ll have the opportunity to lift your paddles for scholarships, continue bidding on silent auction items (see more about that below) and visit with friends online and in your friend group. Thank you for making the Saturday Night Fever Gala a fun success!

Gala online silent auction extends over two weeks

Thumbs up!

You’ll want to stay on top of SBEF’s Saturday Night Fever Gala virtual silent auction bidding. The auction kicks off at 10 a.m. Monday, April 5, and closes at 11:59 p.m. Friday, April 16. You’ll find lots of goodies you can’t live without – and you’ll want to protect them from other bidders!

Click here to register for mobile bidding. You’ll find all the instructions you need to set up your account.

Here are just a few of the items in this year’s virtual silent auction:

  • Fun and exciting PTA baskets will blow your socks off
  • Graduation packages will ensure you have front row seats and reserved parking for the big day
  • You or your favorite student can be SBISD head honcho by bidding on the “Superintendent for the Day” package
  • Vacation and golf packages include several must-see destinations around the United States
Get ready, get set, BID! 
 
 
 

Our Mission

Spring Branch Education Foundation is committed to supporting our students and educators. We partner with Spring Branch ISD and the community to fund programs that enhance education and prepare our students for the future.

 

Spring Branch Education Foundation           
955 Campbell Road
Houston, Texas 77024
 713.251.2381
www.springbrancheducationfoundation.com
sbef@springbranchisd.com

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