The past year has been full of transformation for DSEF as the Board of Directors explored the Foundation’s vision and impact across DSISD. DSEF’s new vision is simple and compelling: TO ENGAGE OUR COMMUNITY TO PROVIDE MORE STUDENTS WITH BETTER OPPORTUNITIES. After examining the landscape of our community and the needs of the students and teachers, the Board of Directors committed to a bold, new vision for the future that will deepen DSEF’s reach and ability to fund the financial needs of DSISD while supporting more students and teachers than ever before. This new vision includes funding much need mental health and student wellness positions and offering new channels for investing in our students through DSEF. DSEF will fundraise at new levels, engage more DSISD families, and involve community investors like never before.
DSEF’s first step in making its vision a reality is a three-year commitment to provide critical staffing needs in DSISD including:
DSEF will provide funding for the next three years to support these critical positions making its total commitment to DSISD and mental health $645,000. Lou Mandy Bruggman, executive director of DSEF said,
“We are honored to step up during this crucial time to engage the community and provide for the needs of the District to ensure the social-emotional well-being of our entire Tiger family.”
The health and well-being of students is one of the highest priorities in DSISD. Educators have recognized the impact that a student's mental health has on learning and achievement and has implemented a unified and comprehensive approach to student social-emotional health.
Addressing the mental health and social-emotional needs of students is a component of overall school safety, which is also a priority in Dripping Springs ISD. Providing students with the support they need or connecting them with professionals who can do so is an important step to prevent situations where students feel a lack of control or a sense of helplessness.