Thursday, October 2, 2014

Sister Solution

The Stratford High School girls volleyball team stepped up to the “net” and made a donation recently that highlights what can happen when the Spring Branch Council of PTAs’ partnership program between schools gains direct support from students.

Stratford High volleyball players Jamison Duck and Grace Whitmire spearheaded a “Pass, Set, Give” campaign with teammates that raised over $1,500 in donations in support of the PTA Council’s Sister School Solution program. The two players presented a check recently to Northbrook High’s volleyball coach.

The $1,500 donation will support meal needs for Northbrook High volleyball team members when they travel out of district for away games. The two high schools are among six Sister School Solution partnerships which have formed in recent weeks.

In addition to Stratford and Northbrook high schools, new partner schools include Memorial High School and Pine Shadows Elementary and two more elementaries, Valley Oaks and Shadow Oaks. In all, Spring Branch ISD now has nine such two-school partnerships operating.

The PTA Council’s Francine Todes, who is Sister School Solution director for the partnership efforts, told PTA members that the new school additions are exciting.

“One of the things that I am so ecstatic about is that our community has become aware of the Sister School Solution and that people are talking about us,” Todes said in the Council’s newsletter. “It takes very special people to dedicate time and energy to the Sister School Solution, and I am so proud of all our committed [PTA Campus] chairs and liaisons.”

Sister School Solution partnerships now include:

Bunker Hill Elementary – Thornwood Elementary
Rummel Creek Elementary – Sherwood Elementary
Frostwood Elementary – Housman Elementary
Wilchester Elementary – Spring Shadows Elementary
Hunters Creek Elementary – Woodview Elementary
*Valley Oaks Elementary – Shadow Oaks Elementary
Memorial Middle School – Landrum Middle School
*Memorial High School – Pine Shadows Elementary
*Stratford High School – Northbrook High School

*Designates new campus partnership this school year

Spring Branch ISD Council of PTA President is Dmel Tatum. She can be contacted at


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