Full of excitement and joy, dozens of Bear Branch Elementary School students jumped and danced when Deerbrook Mall representatives presented a $2,500 check to their school on Tuesday, May 31. The elementary came in third place in the annual contest My School’s Cool, sponsored by Deerbrook Mall.
“We love to support the schools in our community; education provides the foundation for a strong community, and Deerbrook Mall is more than pleased to be able to provide Humble ISD schools a total of $20,000 in cash awards.” said Sandra LaClave, General Manager for Deerbrook Mall.
Bear Branch was one of the fourteen schools that competed with each other for the highest accumulation of points. The schools earned points through a variety of tactics, including submitting receipts from mall purchases and promoting the program. It was that easy!
“One of the best parts of my job is delivering the prize money to area schools. The winning schools do some amazing things with the funds that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise.” said LaClave. Congratulations to Cambridge School, Quest Early College High School, Bear Branch Elementary, and all the schools enrolled for the 2015-16 school year.” said LaClave.
The Mall has sponsored the program for six years and has already donated a total of $120,000 to education. Cambridge School was this year’s 1st place winner for the second year in a row and was awarded a check for $10,000. Cambridge School students and teachers were so excited to learn that they were once again the top campus and shared the impact that the funds will make on the program. Last year, Cambridge was able to purchase a 3D printer with the funds received, which “will be used to help create objects for students who cannot understand pictures. They will use these objects to help them understand expectations and schedules; therefore, creating more independence” said Roni Frazier, Team Leader MOSAIC Program.
Quest Early College High School took home the 2nd place spot winning a total of $5,000 for their campus. “We will use this money to put technology and other resources into the hands of our students who wouldn't otherwise have access to the tools they need. These resources will allow students who would not be able to attend college to receive their Associate's Degree.” said Janette Horton, Assistant Principal Quest Early College High School.
The remaining $2,500 was divided among the runners up. The following Humble ISD schools will receive $357.14 as a runner up: Fall Creek Elementary, Humble Elementary, Maplebrook Elementary, Oak Forest Elementary, Shadow Forest Elementary, and Kingwood Middle School.