P R O G R E S S   R E P O R T    \\     November 2020

Thank you, donors!

Left to right: Lisa Schwartz, SBEF Board chair; Chris Gonzalez, vice president, SBISD Board of Trustees; Superintendent of Schools Jennifer Blaine, Ed.D; Cece Thompson, SBEF executive director

That’s a big check!

Thank you, donors, for making this gift to SBISD possible. Your donations fund important grants and scholarships that support our teachers and help our students prepare for the future.

This year, you gave $1,359,513, the sixth consecutive year to gift SBISD with more than $1 million! Not only are your gifts tax deductible, but every dollar stays in the district to be used for education-enhancing projects.


“Thank you” and “hang in there”

When SBISD leaders recently expressed an interest in thanking our teachers for so beautifully handling in-person and online teaching and incentivizing our online learners, SBEF’s executive committee asked, “How can we help?” Staff and volunteers got busy answering that question.

To encourage them to stay focused on classes throughout the day, 385 online students from eight campuses are receiving McDonald’s gift cards courtesy of SBEF. That’s $3,125 in reminders of “We believe in you!”

November 11-20, 1,183 teachers and staff members in 14 schools were served a delicious lunch prepared by Bua’s Bistro and Market and individually packaged to meet COVID health guidelines. It’s a small token of the community’s huge appreciation! PTAs contributed $6,099 to the lunches, and SBEF donated $8,688.

We offer a heartfelt thanks to organizations that partnered with SBEF to provide lunches: SBISD Council of PTAs, First Junior Women’s Club and PTAs at Buffalo Creek Elementary, Bunker Hill Elementary, Cornerstone Academy, Frostwood Elementary, Hunters Creek Elementary, Meadow Wood Elementary, Memorial High, Memorial Middle, Nottingham Elementary, Rummel Creek Elementary, Spring Branch Middle, Spring Forest Middle, Stratford High and Wilchester Elementary Schools.

Your ongoing donations enable SBEF to nimbly act when the district identifies a need. Thank you!


You can help this holiday season

SBEF Alumni Scholarship campaign is in full swing

You don’t need to be an alumnus to participate in SBEF’s Alumni Scholarship campaign. Whether you’re an alum, a parent of one or a supporter of an incredible SBISD student, your email inbox and social media are loaded with opportunities to help a 2021 graduate.

In May 2020, SBEF awarded $174,900 in scholarships to 122 SBISD seniors. Let’s award more in 2021 by saying “Yes!” to every applicant.

You may donate to the Alumni Scholarship fund on Giving Tuesday, December 1. Watch your email and social media for more information. Or you may also donate to the fund here.


Grants in Action

These third graders at Frostwood Elementary School love the journals.

Elementary students embrace journals and ReadSBISD
Literacy is a priority for SBISD, and educators have set a goal for all students to read on or above grade level by third grade. Toward that goal, SBEF provided a journal for each K-5th grader to promote communication skills.

Teachers receive J. Landon Short Mini-Grants for Educators
SBEF is proud to contribute to SBISD’s J. Landon Short Mini-Grants for Educators program. This year, grants, up to $750 each, were awarded to 52 exceptional applicants on 31 SBISD campuses.

The projects are as diverse as a document camera, story baskets, STEM programs, a stock market game for 5th graders, classroom focus pods and more. Read more about the program here.



Left to right: volunteers Adam and Suzanne Stiles, Jeff and Michelle Majewski

Golf Classic 

The annual 2020 Golf Classic was a huge success thanks to co-chairs Scooter Hicks and Jay Sartain and a host of dedicated volunteers. While the 140 golfers had plenty of fun, they also had the satisfaction of knowing their outing supports SBISD teachers and students, with the day’s leaderboard reflecting $93,710!

A huge thanks to our event sponsors:
Eagle Clubhouse – Perdue, Brandon, Fielder, Collins & Mott, LLP
Mobile Pro Shop – First Community Credit Union; Fuller Realty Partners, LLC; Hotel ZaZa; Independent Bank; MetroNational
Hole-In-One Car – Group 1 Automotive, Inc.
Hole-In-One Cash Award – Wilchester Men’s Club
Putting Contest – Randy and Leslie Newcomer
Golf Balls and Tees – Transwestern
Golf Cart – PBK
Name Drive for Scholarships – Stantec
Longest Drive – WCA
Closest to the Hole – Durotech
Combo Package – McGriff, Seibels & Williams
Driving Range – Johnson Controls

And a tip of the visor to our wonderful volunteers: Marcie Baker, Joe Blasi, Anne Daily, Linda Dang, Jen Espey, Suzanne Farrow, Tatum Kusuma, Michelle and Jeff Majewski, Susan Marks, Ron Nunley, Lisa Schwartz, Warren Sloan, Suzanne and Adam Stiles, Kristi Thibaut, Jeff Treadway and Elizabeth Wang.

It’s not too soon to make plans for the 2021 Golf Classic on April 18, 2021. Circle the date and watch for registration details.


Sporting Clay Tournament 

Co-chairs Doug Goodson and Rob Stewart are planning to see you at the Greater Houston Sports Club in February. This event has become a community favorite with registration filling up quickly – so stay tuned for registration and sponsorship information!

Monday, February 8, 2021
11 a.m. – Registration and Lunch
12:45 p.m. – Safety Briefing
1 p.m. – Shotgun Start


Gala co-chairs left to right: David and Brianna Cisarik, Linda and Tom DeBesse

Saturday Night Fever Gala

Get your leisure suit to the cleaner, polish your boogie shoes and plan to be at the Omni Houston Hotel on Saturday, February 20, 2021, for SBEF’s Saturday Night Fever Gala. Co-chairs Brianna and David Cisarik and Linda and Tom DeBesse are planning an evening of fun and surprises.

Thank you to our first sponsors, Stantec, who signed on as our Live Auction sponsor at the $5,000 level, and the Keith and Julie Little family, a Decorations Underwriter at the $3,000 level. There are plenty more sponsorship opportunities. Visit https://sbef.ejoinme.org/SBEFSaturdayNightFeverGala to be a sponsor or for tickets.

The co-chairs have tapped a talented committee to help with the event: Marie Irvine, Erin Lumpkin, Susan Marks, Stephanie Rasch, Lisa Schwartz, Suzanne Stiles, Elizabeth Wang – and the committee continues to grow.

BTW, it hasn’t been confirmed, but there are rumors that David and Tom started planning this event when they were kids and playing baseball for Spring Branch Memorial Sports Association.


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