Thank you, donors!

BridgeUp at Menninger

The Menninger Clinic’s BridgeUp at Menninger has awarded SBISD, through SBEF, a Magic Grant in the amount of $150,000. The grant will be used by Spring Woods Middle School in partnership with Spring Branch Community Health Center and Harris County’s Community Youth Services to pilot a new approach to student wellness. Activities will align the school’s multi-tiered intervention program with academic goals, implement Youth Mental Health First Aid training, execute Character Strong and high-risk behavior prevention curriculums and establish program evaluation and communication with school/community partners.

Thank you, Menninger Clinic!


SBEF School Supply Project 

SBEF’s 2019 School Supply Project was a rousing success, according to Co-chairs Becky Fenn and Kristi Robishaw. For the first time, economically disadvantaged students from every SBISD Title 1 elementary AND middle schools received supplies – one-third the SBISD student population!

SBEF provided supplies for 7,729 students. Our partners supplied 5,874 students. That’s 13,603 pupils who started school ready to work toward success!

Thank you to our donors: Royal Bank of Canada, $15,000; Wells Fargo, $5,000; First Community Credit Union, $3,000; Family Point Resources, $2,000; and innumerable community members. And many thanks to our In-Kind Partners: Brenda and John Duncan YMCA, Trotter Family YMCA, MetroNational, Air Liquide, Courtyard by Marriott and friends of Vicki Louis.


Back row (l. to r.) –
Mauricio Valdes, Tom DeBesse, Elizabeth Wang, Kevin Doffing, Chris Weekley, Langston Turner, Colby Mueck.
Front row (l. to r.) –
Stacey Merchant, Jennifer Blaine, Cece Thompson, Bibbin Gill

SBEF welcomes new board members

Welcome aboard to our new board members. They are part of 72 energetic and dedicated community leaders who are committed to raising funds to enhance education for SBISD’s 35,000 students.

New members who will serve three-year terms: Andrea Bishop, community patron; Thomas DeBesse, region bank president, Wells Fargo; Kevin Doffing, president, Sam’s Safety Equipment; Stacey Merchant, community patron; Colby Mueck, senior managing director, co-head, HFF, LP; Kelly Siblik, community patron; Langston Turner, managing director, UBS Financial Services, Inc.; Mauricio Valdes, owner, Tu Casa Realty; Elizabeth Wang, attorney, Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott, LLP; and Chris Weekley, executive vice president, David Weekley Homes.

This year’s executive committee: Jennie Baker, chair; Debra Aitken, marketing and public relations; Joe Elliott, secretary/treasurer; Bibbin Gill, Council of PTAs; Tamma Howell, Making Our Schools Better Together campaign; George Kurisky, development; Susan Marks, planning and administration; Warren Matthews, scholarships; Donald Roseman, program and assessment; James Shaddix, endowment chair; Suzanne Stiles, special events. J. Carter Breed is the SBISD Board of Trustees representative.


Don’t miss the Totally 80s Gala

Co-chairs Linda and Tom DeBesse, and honorary co-chairs Dr. Jennifer and Will Blaine, are cooking up a not-to-be missed Totally 80s Gala on Saturday, November 9. Linda and Tom, Nottingham Elementary parents, have already booked Molly and the Ringwalds, so get your dancing shoes ready.

Here’s just a sneak preview of an exciting auction: a night at the Astros, including a limo and a suite with food and drink; a hunt on an 1800-acre ranch; a trip to Dublin and Belfast for a Game of Thrones experience; and much, much more! Keep your ear to the ground for updates, but block out the date! Register here .


Save the dates

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


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


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.


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