Thank you to Linda Rooks!

posted Oct 8, 2017, 12:10 PM by Fran Hunter   [ updated Oct 8, 2017, 12:12 PM ]

We give a hearty thank you to Linda Rooks for sponsoring the Bastrop County Character 
Education poster for Smithville and featuring Smithville Education Foundation this October.  With our Awareness and Capital Campaign going on this month, the recognition was especially sweet.  Thank you for recognizing the importance of our programs.

Only three of the four of our board members were available for the photo. Shown, from left, are Jill Strube, Nancy Towry and Fran Hunter; not shown, Melanie Summarell.

Please help us continue our programming

posted Oct 3, 2017, 5:29 PM by Fran Hunter

“The support of the Smithville Education Foundation has been one of the most positive things that has occurred at the school system. The Foundation has grown into a corner stone of additional support for the teachers and students.”

 - Cheryl Burns, SISD Assistant Superintendent


Dear Friend and Community Member, 

The Smithville Education Foundation (SEF) is a group of dedicated volunteers working to raise money and support the Smithville Independent School District (SISD). SEF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation organized to augment and complement school district programs and activities.

The SEF Board is honored and humbled to be able to partner with SISD to bring resources to our kids. Each and every time SEF volunteers arrive at the schools, students, teachers, and administrators greet us with smiles and excitement. They know they will be getting resources and experiences that they could not have without the support and assistance of the Smithville community. These smiles belong to you, as a contributor to our schools.

Since we began the first programs in 2011, SEF has funded over $25,000 in innovative teaching grants to SISD teachers and has provided nearly $15,000 to support the fine arts through the Enrichment Day program. During the 2016-17 School year, donations to SEF brought ear-to-ear smiles because donations were able to fund two rounds of grants (instead of just one) that provided teachers with the resources they needed to complete nine different projects — SEF was able to fund all of the requests we received.

SEF’s goal is simple… to help our teachers inspire greatness in their students. Your contribution directly impacts the ability of our teachers to reach more students and help them reach their fullest potential.

With your financial support, you are making a difference by ensuring that SISD students receive the opportunity to do and be their best. Your donation, regardless of the amount, benefits our students and helps them become their best selves.

The letter below (shown as two jpgs or one pdf) gives details on how you can help.  Please give what you 

President Nancy Towry speaks at Back to School Breakfast

posted Oct 3, 2017, 5:09 PM by Fran Hunter   [ updated Oct 3, 2017, 5:27 PM ]

SEF president Nancy Towry was given the opportunity to speak to teachers and school staff about the mission and programs of the Smithville Education Foundation during Smithville ISD's annual Back to School Breakfast held Aug. 21 at the Elementary cafetorium.

She informed them about our programs at all the campuses, Innovative Teaching Grants and how to apply, and welcomed them to campus for a great year.

Nancy also set up a booth to explain more to interested parties before and after the program and handed out red pens to teachers.  Because who doesn't love a good red pen...  :)

Thank you Aqua Water and Co-Bank for your donation!

posted May 23, 2017, 3:40 PM by Fran Hunter   [ updated Oct 3, 2017, 5:13 PM ]

In January 2017, Aqua Water Corporation and CoBank donated $5,000 to the Smithville Education Foundation to be used for Innovative Teaching Grants and Enrichment Days programming.

In total, over $13,000 was donated to SEF from organizations like the Born Again Emporium, Doug's Plumbing, and many very generous individuals. More than $3,000 has been provided to teachers for items like wobble boards, chrome books, and Knighting ceremonies. The Enrichment Days program costs about $5,000 each year for instruction and materials that allow our youngest students to express themselves through visual and performing arts.  

We appreciate the people who support our kids.  Thank you for your continuing support!

SEF co-hosts Honors Banquet for Class of 2017

posted May 22, 2017, 6:27 PM by Fran Hunter   [ updated Oct 3, 2017, 5:13 PM ]

The students in the Top 10 Percent academically pose for a photo with the teacher who had the most influence on them. Former teacher Tony Quitta was unable to attend.
Smithville Education Foundation and Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce co-hosted the Honors Banquet for the Top 10 Percent of the Class of 2017 held May 16, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church Family Center.

Honored for their academic achievements were Valedictorian Caitlin Duty, Salutatorian Jamie King, Outstanding Male Michael Campbell, Outstanding Female Tobie Sherrill, and Allysha Page, Ashlee Guerrero, David Curtis, Elisabeth Ambrose, Emma Beckett, Gillian Marek, Lacey Cardwell and Matthew Skotnicki Jr.

As he was reading the accomplishments and plans of the students, David Edward named the contribution to and influence on each student by their favorite teacher, who were sitting at the student’s table as their special guest.

Teachers chosen were Shelly Naylor, Stewart Burns, Daryl Mason, Tony Quitta, Elena Schroeder, Cara Moore, Leona Jones, Sheila Del’Homme, Wayne King and Deana Seidel, Craig Wilmont and Mary Sides.

SEF president Nancy Towry, SISD Asst. Supt. Cheryl Burns, and Ana Murray, chair of the Education Committee of the chamber of commerce, spoke and congratulated the students and their parents.

John Chabot catered the event with a fajitas dinner.

Parents, city officials, school board trustees also attended.

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