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


Pictured left to right: Jay Sartain, Warren Matthews, David Smalling, Cody Adamek, Ryan Garin, Rick Ngo

Wilchester Men's Club does it again!

At its December Pecan Bowl, Wilchester Men's Club presented SBEF board member Warren Matthews with a check for $20,000. The funds are earmarked for scholarships. The club is a Top Ten SBEF donor because the Foundation's mission and the club's three pillars - education, youth outreach and neighbors in need - go hand in hand. Thank you, Wilchester Men's Club!

Hands down, the Clean Hands Project is a success 

Once SBEF helped place school supplies in all Title 1 elementary and middle schools, volunteers got to work making other vital items available: tissues and sanitizer wipes and pumps. Co-chairs Becky Fenn and Kristi Robishaw led a drive that raised $3,840.

Kristi said, "After our wonderfully successful school supply drive, we are excited community members generously extended themselves to also help provide classrooms with these needed items. Thank you for helping SBEF meet the needs of all SBISD students."


Call for grants  

Faculty, teachers and volunteers, you are invited to dream big and submit your ideas to SBEF for education-enhancing district and campus grants. Campus grants are up to $5,000; district grants may be larger. A committee of SBEF board members will carefully review each application and award grants to the most innovative. Applications are due in the SBEF office by February 28, 2020, by 4 p.m.

Click here for an application. Grant winners will be announced in May.


Photo: Second graders from Thornwood Elementary enjoy a field trip to the Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum.

Grants in action

(In coming Progress Reports we will share information about your grant donations at work. Grants enhance education at every grade level. In this issue Kathy Goss shares how an SBEF grant helps the Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum provide programming to the community.)

Thanks to a grant from SBEF, earlier this school year more than 2,400 second-grade students visited the collection at no cost to the schools. During the study trip, students saw a topic-related movie, created a piece of art and toured our vast collection of artifacts from around the world. For a majority of the students, this was their first experience in an art museum.

One second grade teacher wrote, "This was a great trip - the students were engaged and excited about what they learned.” A student told us it was like "we had gone inside a book."

In the Spring, we will take the museum to SBISD schools as First Grade Road Shows, also free of charge. This program gives first graders insight into how animals are used in art and why. We then read a book and create a piece of art. The students get excited about visiting the museum as second graders.

We could not offer these programs - or our family-oriented First Saturday programs - without our SBEF grant. It is vital to the success of our museum. - Kathy Goss, co-curator


Scholarship applications pour in

SBEF scholarship applications were due February 18, and by the end of the day, the Scholarship Committee was gratified by the tremendous response. Many applicants are eligible for the SBEF Employee Campaign scholarship, which is funded by SBISD employees for children of colleagues who graduate from SBISD schools. Scholarship winners will be celebrated in May.

You can help! Generous community members can make a donation to the scholarship fund here . Alumni groups , what about funding a scholarship for graduates of your alma mater? Call SBEF Executive Director Cece Thompson at 713.251.2381 to make it happen. You can help send a graduate off to college with a vote of confidence.


Our signature events

Sporting Clay Tournament
hits the target

Friends competed for points and prizes at the Sporting Clay Tourney on February 10. Chairs Doug Goodson and Rob Stewart welcomed a sold-out crowd at the Greater Houston Gun Club.

Thank you to our sponsors: Paradigm Consultants, Inc.; Wright Asphalt Products Co.; Dally + Associates, Inc.; DivisionOne Construction; PBK, Inc.; UBS; WCA Waste Corporation; IBI Group Architects; Bass Construction; JLL Capital Markets; Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center; Ace Fabricators, Inc.; AmRisc Group; Lime Instruments, LLC.; Lumato / American Linear Lighting; Stewart Title Houston; Wilchester Men’s Club and DBR Engineering Consultants, Inc.

Additional thanks to committee members who helped Doug and Rob make the day a success: Peter Dallepezze, Kirk Guilanshah, Brooke Kato, Colby Mueck, Evan Perroni, Warren Sloan, Suzanne Stiles, Cece Thompson, Katy Thorn and David Valerius.



Golf Classic
Sunday, April 19, 2020

Scooter Hicks and Jay Sartain are eagerly planning the 24th annual SBEF Golf Classic slated for Sunday, April 19 at the BlackHorse Golf Club in Cypress. The four-player team scramble includes a raffle, mulligans, a sponsored drive for scholarships and contests for putting, longest drive and ball closest to the hole. Breakfast and registration begin at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start following at 9:30 a.m. Lunch is included.

Registration will open soon:
teams, $2,000; individuals, $500.
Visit https://sbef.springbranchisd.com/ to register for the event or to sign on as a sponsor.


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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