New Braunfels ISD is excited to announce a generous donation from the McKenna Foundation in support of the district’s Students and Families Experiencing Transition program, also known as SAFE-T. The SAFE-T program addresses the unique needs of NBISD’s homeless students and their families.

Photographed are NBISD and McKenna Foundation staff showcasing water bottles that will be included in welcome packages for incoming students identified as homeless. These welcome packages will provide immediate comfort and support, along with a list of community resources, specific campus information for each student, snacks and a school spirit shirt.

“The McKenna Foundation is here to support our school district and the social, emotional and mental health needs of our students, especially those most vulnerable,” said Alice Jewell, CEO of the McKenna Foundation. “Academic success is predicated on having these needs met. The welcome bags with essentials may seem like a small gesture, but hopefully, it is a signal to them that we care about their well-being.”

The SAFE-T program works with students and families meeting criteria for the McKinney-Vento Act, which is implemented to ensure all students have the right to an education regardless of their living situation. 

“Schools play a critical role in shaping the lives of future workers and leaders. The SAFE-T program aims to help students and families understand that their current situation is temporary,” said Tera Thompson, NBISD Director of Federal Programs and Grants. “Through the collaborative efforts of the district and community supporters like the McKenna Foundation, we strive to assist these students in becoming well-rounded and productive individuals.”

NBISD extends a heartfelt thanks to the McKenna Foundation for their support and commitment to the well-being of our students.

To learn more about the NBISD SAFE-T program, please visit the SAFE-T website. Information about the McKenna Foundation can be found here.

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