Just as the sun started to peek through the clouds above Northgate Country Club, Deeone McKeithan rolled over the top of the hill at the foot of the 8th hole of the golf course. He stepped on the fairway, tee’d up his ball, and took his shot. Although it was a Monday afternoon, McKeithan was not skipping work for a round of golf. Instead, he was taking part in the annual Spring ISD Education Foundation Golf Tournament.
McKeithan, the executive director of Workforce Development for Spring ISD, was one of 125 golfers on Monday afternoon. It was his 8th time taking part in the tournament.
“This is always a great opportunity to come and support the Foundation,” McKeithan said. “They do a whole lot for our school district, the students, and the staff. I’m happy to lock arms with them and do the best we can to continue to build our community and support what we have going on in Spring ISD.”
This year’s fundraiser raised more than $71,000 for the foundation.
The annual tournament serves as the main fundraiser for the Spring ISD Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Established in 1992, the Foundation is a crucial part of providing every Spring ISD student with a quality education.
“These funds go directly back to the district,” Foundation Board President Gloria Marshall said. “This is a big event for us. It’s a community event. It’s a beautiful place to play golf, and there’s a lot of excitement today.”
Marshall, who worked for Spring ISD as an educator her entire career, including 28 years as principal at Spring High School, also said the Foundation helps her stay connected with the district.
“The district gave so much to us,” she said. “And we want to give back. This foundation is a way to do that.”
Monday’s tournament also included a morning golf clinic, as well as a post-tournament dinner, reception and awards presentation. Golfers competed in several competitions as well, including a Hole-in-One with a $10,000 cash prize, Longest Drive, and Closest to the Pin, as well as an onsite auction that included items like golf packages, Astros gear, a signed Texans football, and gift baskets from H-E-B.
All funds raised are used by the Foundation to offer student scholarships and grants for district teachers.
“As a district, we are so grateful to the Education Foundation for their hard work and partnership with our teachers and students across the district,” Superintendent Dr. Rodney E. Watson said. “To see all these golfers here, and the community support, shows that Spring ISD has a lot of people who believe in it and the work we do.”For more on the Spring ISD Education Foundation, visit SpringISDFoundation.org.