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

In memoriam

We always start Progress Report with a thank you to our donors. This issue, we say thank you and farewell to a beloved donor and volunteer. Jennie Baker was a long-time board member and served as board chair 2018-20. She and Mike raised three children in SBISD, all Stratford High School graduates: Marcie (now a Stratford teacher), Leslie and Graham.

In her memory, SBEF’s board has established the Jennie Baker Memorial Scholarship, with a goal of $50,000. The Foundation has committed $5,000, and several SBEF executive committee members have made personal commitments currently totaling $12,500.

You can donate to the scholarship fund here, knowing you are caring for Jennie’s extended family–students of SBISD.


Thank you, donors!

Phillips 66

Phillips 66 has awarded a $100,000 grant to SBISD through SBEF to provide health shields for classroom desks. The shields will provide a barrier between students as they maintain their individual space. Thank you, Phillips 66, for caring about the safety of our students!


Photo: Volunteers distribute supplies.

Project School Supplies

We love our community! You made Project School Supplies more successful than we could ever have imagined. In addition to $15,000 grants from the Education Foundation of Harris County/Harris County Department of Education and RBC Foundation USA, individual donations just kept coming.

Thanks to all of you, elementary and middle school students in SBISD Title 1 schools got the supplies they need for a successful school year. Yolanda Vasquez, Communities In School of Houston coordinator for Buffalo Creek Elementary, reached out to tell you thanks for new headphones. “I will be honest, when I made the wish list last year and asked for 500 headphones, I never imagined I would receive them. I felt like a kid on Christmas morning!”

Here’s what you provided:

1,320 backpacks
5,040 12-packs of pencils
9,455 composition notebooks
1,740 headphones/earbuds
3,435 boxes of tissues
2,320 bottles of hand sanitizers
9,455 boxes of crayons, markers and colored pencils
5,305 glue sticks
plus many other special requests from schools

In addition to donations from our partners, the Brenda and John Duncan YMCA and Trotter Family YMCA, we spent $59,420.01 on supplies, helping 10,200 students on 18 elementary school and 4,576 students on six middle school campuses. That equates to almost 50 percent of our student population. Our goal for the school year 2021-22 is to provide all economically disadvantaged students with necessary school supplies, including high school students.

Photo: Rebecca Fenn and Kristi Robishaw

A huge thanks to co-chairs Rebecca Fenn and Kristi Robishaw. They surveyed school needs, ordered supplies and arranged deliveries. They even rented a U-Haul and picked up/delivered donations for our partners. They are troopers!


Five receive scholarships, thanks to Westchester alumni

Westchester alumni like to pay it forward. Grateful for their experiences, they take care of Westchester Academy for International Studies graduates by funding generous scholarships through SBEF. In May, the Westchester Alumni Association awarded scholarships to Vanessa Lopez Coutino, Joseph Cruz, Jessica Gutierrez de le Paz, John Miller and Madison Phan.

We would love to work with other alumni groups to provide scholarships for SBISD students. Give us a call at 713.251.2381 if your alumni group would like to help.


Please help as you are able – Unrestricted Donations 

In this unprecedented year, our fundraising events are being postponed or downsized, compromising the revenue we usually budget from these occasions. Our indoor events will be smaller, as determined by city and county recommendations. In anticipation of these problems, the Board of Directors has cut our budget by 20 percent, but we also are asking for your help.

To the extent you’re able, please consider making an unrestricted donation online. These funds are used to underwrite district and campus grants as well as scholarships. Your donations will make a big difference to our students, teachers and graduates.


Thank you for serving – new board members

As the school year began, Lisa Schwartz once again took the helm of our 73-member Board of Directors. She welcomes new members who will serve three-year terms: Timothy Barnes, associate principal, Huckabee Architects; Susan Fargason, community patron; Jacob Field, president, Spotlight Energy; Dominique Harvey, owner, Creative Press Designs; Chad Lyons, Houston area president, Benchmark Bank; Linda Nunnery, vice president, PNC Bank; Matthew Putterman, senior director, Jones Lang LaSalle Capital Markets; Stephanie Rasch, community patron; Alicia Raymond, student teacher site coordinator, University of Houston; Lauren Taylor, realtor, Lauren Taylor Home.

Read more about the Board of Directors here.


Don’t miss our events

2020 Golf Classic

Thank you, golfers! The October 25 tournament is filled. Co-chairs Scooter Hicks and Jay Sartain will be on hand to welcome a full slate of teams and volunteers.

There’s still time to get your company’s name in front of the golfers. Sign on to become a Registration Table or Awards sponsor at the $2,000 level; a Tee Box and Hole sponsor at $1,000; or a Digital Scorecard sponsor at $100. Register here for a sponsorship or to make a general donation to the Golf Classic.

Save these dates!

Monday, February, 8, 2021 – Sporting Clay Tournament, Greater Houston Gun Club – Co-chairs: Doug Goodson, Rob Stewart

Saturday, February 20, 2021 – Gala: Saturday Night Fever, Omni Woodway – Co-chairs: Brianna & David Cisarik, Linda & Tom DeBesse

Sunday, April 18, 2021 – 2021 Golf Classic, BlackHorse Golf Club – Co-chairs: Scooter Hicks, Jay Sartain

Thursday, May 6, 2021 – Style Show and Luncheon, Royal Sonesta Houston – Co-chairs: Kim Conrad, Sheri Gross, Tanna Myers


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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