Spring Branch Education Foundation


SBEF welcomes Jennifer Blaine

At our June 13 Executive Board meeting, SBEF leaders congratulated Jennifer Blaine, Ed.D., on her new role as SBISD superintendent. Over her two decades with the district, she has worked closely with us.

In her role as a principal and area superintendent, she said, “I was in awe when people brought me grant applications for the Foundation. I was amazed at the amount of money gifted to our teachers to do special things in the classrooms to benefit their kids.”

She told board members, “I am deeply grateful. We could not do what we do on the instructional and operational sides of the district without the Foundation.”

Jennifer Blaine, Cece Thompson, Scott Muri


Thank you, donors!

Thanks to you, 2018-19 was a very good school year. You’ll read below about the scholarships and grants we awarded – all because of your generosity in making donations and supporting our fundraising events. Your interest in SBISD’s 35,000 students is apparent in your gifts and volunteer efforts. Thank you!


2019-20 School Supply Project

The 2019-20 School Supply Project is off to a great start, thanks to Co-chairs Becky Fenn and Kristi Robishaw. Republic Bank of Canada donated $15,000; Wells Fargo contributed another $5,000; and within the first 24 hours of the drive, the community raised $5,000. We’re especially grateful to our enthusiastic partners: Brenda and John Duncan YMCA, Trotter Family YMCA and FamilyPoint Resources.

In the past, we have provided school supplies for all Title 1 elementary schools in the district. If the success of the drive continues, we plan to provide supplies for middle school students also. You may donate to the SBEF School Supply Project here.


Bright Stars event celebrates seniors and teachers

SBEF’s 2019 Bright Stars of SBISD was a night for commemorating seniors and Teachers and Principals of the Year. The Foundation awarded scholarships to 111 seniors, a total of $158,150. While most scholarships are merit- or needs-based, SBEF take a holistic approach and considers personal qualities, school and community involvement, family life and academics. Read more about this year’s scholarships here .

44 seniors, graduates of SBISD schools and children of SBISD employees, received $1,000 scholarships.

The district featured two of our scholarship recipients in a series of graduation stories. Read about Cecilia Garcia , Westchester Academy of International Studies, and Hannin Haifa , Northbrook High School.

Teachers and Principals of the Year enjoyed a rousing game of heads-and-tails (the winner walked away with a Dell computer) and received fun gift bags. Elementary Teacher of the Year Michelle Clements and Secondary Teacher of the Year Lizzy Snelling also won the Going the Extra Mile Award from VIP Services / Sterling McCall / Group 1 Automotive and are driving a new Cadillac for the summer. Read more about the Teachers and Principals of the Year.

(left to right) Sara Williams, Sterling McCall; Michelle Clements, Housman Elementary; Elizabeth Snelling, Northbrook Middle; Brian Smith, Sterling McCall


Foundation announces 2019 grants

At its May Board meeting, SBEF approved $183,943 in grants to fund 28 innovative education-enhancing projects throughout SBISD. “We are thrilled to have fully funded every request approved by SBISD’s development team and SBEF’s grant committee,” Executive Director Cece Thompson said. Click here to read more. 


Save the dates!

As you’re planning your social calendar for next school year, circle these dates – and thank the folks who have agreed to chair our events!

Friday, September 13, 2019 – Style Show and Luncheon
Chairs: Kim Conrad, Sheri Gross, Tanna Meyers

Saturday, November 9, 2019 – Gala
Chairs: TBD

Monday, February 10, 2020 – Sporting Clay Tournament
Chairs: Doug Goodson and Rob Stewart

Sunday, April 19, 2020 – Golf Classic
Chairs: Scooter Hicks and Jay Sartain


One grant -10 years - thousands of students

In 2009, SBISD art teachers Stephanie Walton and Loren Gardner had a big idea. What if they asked SBEF for $5,000 to teach students to build sandcastles? What would happen if the Foundation’s Grants Committee said “yes?”

Here’s what could (and did) happen. They bought tools, buckets, shovels and forms and hired two professional sandcastle artists to educate students and teachers on the ins and outs of creating temporary works of art. That was 10 years ago.

Today, the teachers are using the same tools, but everything else about the program has grown:

  • They have expanded beyond SBISD to include HISD, Katy ISD, KIPP and Yes Prep
  • They have awarded 10 golden bucket, 10 silver shovel and 10 bronze trowel awards
  • SBISD teachers and students have taught teachers the artform at an art teacher conference
  • Beyond learning about art, architecture and design, students have learned to leave the beach a better place

Stephanie said, “To say this grant was one that made a difference in students’ lives is an understatement. It made a difference in my life and Loren’s life as we have had the opportunity to share what we learned with so many others in an experience not taught in ‘art teacher school.’ Thank you again for an opportunity we could not have afforded in our regular school budgets.”


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           
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Houston, Texas 77024

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