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Spring Branch Education Foundation raises private money to enhance SBISD education – Houston Chronicle

At a recent Spring Branch ISD Board meeting, members of the Spring Branch Education Foundation presented the trustees with a giant check for over $1.8 million.

That marked the seventh consecutive year that the foundation had given over a million dollars to the district. The organization raises money privately to supplement the public funding that the district gets to enhance quality of education.

One of the ways that SBEF does that is through awarding grants, either to a specific school or for services for the entire district.

Among the things that grants SBEF awarded in 2020 enabled are:

—Road shows that bring items from the Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum to first graders and study trips for second graders to the museum for students district-wide..

—The Writers in the Schools Program at Meadow Wood Elementary to help third graders increase literacy and creativity.

—Equipment for the biology/science classroom at the Spring Branch Academic Institute to allow advanced students to perform investigations in the biotechnology field.

One of the grants that SBEF executive director Cece Thompson remembers the most is one of the first grants it gave out, to fund an irrigation system that was needed to keep one of the school’s gardens alive. That garden helped students learn how to grow food and also provided them with fresh vegetables to take home.

The foundation provides other initiatives for the district, such as the school supply drive that it carried out before the start of this school year and the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund that it launched in the wake of the 2017 storm to help students and staff that were displaced.

It also provides scholarships to SBISD students.

SBEF was created in 1993 from an idea of then-superintendent Harold Guthrie to bring the school district into the current era of technology.

What started with 10 volunteer board members has grown into an organization with 72 volunteer board members.

The first board chair was Jim Stewart III. His son Robert Stewart now serves on the board.

SBEF holds four main fundraising events each year: A gala, a clay shooting tournament, a style show and luncheon, and a golf classic.

Those events provide unrestricted funds that can be used for any purpose. The foundation also receives grants and other donor-designated funds that are used for a specific purpose.

Thompson shared that the foundation recently received a $10,000 donor designated gift to go to support a school’s theater program.

“It’s not uncommon at all for us to receive that kind of donor-designated fund,” she said.

While SBEF had to move its fundraisers from their originally scheduled dates over the past year-and-a-half due to the COVID pandemic, when it held the events, they …….

Source: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/neighborhood/memorial/article/Spring-Branch-Education-Foundation-raises-private-16711492.php

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