Businesses, organizations show back-to-school support

September 8, 2017

Emmott Elementary School Principal Jessica Hernandez (right), Brandon Vail, assistant principal, and Leslie Francis, director of marketing and business relations, unload 250 backpacks to go along with school supplies donated by Beck and Masten on Aug. 21.
Emmott Elementary School Principal Jessica Hernandez (right), Brandon Vail, assistant principal, and Leslie Francis, director of marketing and business relations, unload 250 backpacks to go along with school supplies donated by Beck and Masten on Aug. 21.

Sept. 8, 2017—A number of area businesses and faith-based organizations offered support to CFISD employees and students gearing up for the 2017-2018 school year by donating supplies, food and their time in the days leading to the start of classes.

The devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey multiplied the need and relief effort – and ultimately pushed back the start of school.

Birkes Elementary School Counselor AnnDrea Searby (left), Megan Fernandez, assistant principal, Lauree Johnson, assistant principal, Shawn Flynn, Navy petty officer second class, Kashaunna Minus, Navy petty officer second class, Stacie Everson, principal, Denis Patrick, counselor, and Leslie Francis director of marketing and business relations, pose with school supplies donated by the Navy Recruiting Station Bear Creek on Aug. 19.
Birkes Elementary School Counselor AnnDrea Searby (left), Megan Fernandez, assistant principal, Lauree Johnson, assistant principal, Shawn Flynn, Navy petty officer second class, Kashaunna Minus, Navy petty officer second class, Stacie Everson, principal, Denis Patrick, counselor, and Leslie Francis director of marketing and business relations, pose with school supplies donated by the Navy Recruiting Station Bear Creek on Aug. 19.

But a number of community partners did leave their mark in the first few weeks of August. Events included school supply drives and deliveries, as well as meals provided to neighboring school staffs.

“When you see a need, we did not want to ignore a need,” said Reverend Ben Roy Lillie Sr. of Greater True Faith Missionary Baptist Church, which distributed school supplies over four days and nearly surpassed its 2016 total by the first day alone. “And this we can do and we find pleasure in seeing just one child come through here.”

Beck and Masten donated 500 backpacks and supplies – totaling $3,500 – to both Emmott and Danish elementary schools. Memorial Assistance Ministries (MAM) delivered 113 school supply packs and 50 backpacks to the Instructional Support Center and distributed 140 clothing and 80 shoe vouchers.

Ault Elementary School Principal Jeff LaCoke (green top) joins the staff at Russo’s New York Pizzeria in the Fairfield Town Center for a ceremonial ribbon cutting. In the background is the Ault staff, which was treated to lunch Aug. 22.
Ault Elementary School Principal Jeff LaCoke (green top) joins the staff at Russo’s New York Pizzeria in the Fairfield Town Center for a ceremonial ribbon cutting. In the background is the Ault staff, which was treated to lunch Aug. 22.

Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union President/CEO Cameron Dickey surprised Bridgeland High School principal Michael Smith with a $500 gift card donation Aug. 25 to celebrate the new high school.

Additional donations included school supplies from the Navy Recruiting Station Bear Creek to Birkes Elementary School and Cenergy, a neighboring business, to Emmott. Staff from Courtyard by Marriott Houston/Northwest/Cypress donated school supplies and Bear Creek United Methodist Church donated teacher kits to Walker Elementary School. Comcast representatives surprised Reed Elementary School with backpacks and school supplies. Proserv donated supplies, copy paper and classroom decorations to Lee Elementary School.

Reverend Ben Roy Lillie Sr. (left) and volunteers distribute school supplies to children at a drive Aug. 20 at Greater True Faith Missionary Baptist Church. The drive was one of four the church put on before the 2016-2017 school year.
Reverend Ben Roy Lillie Sr. (left) and volunteers distribute school supplies to children at a drive Aug. 20 at Greater True Faith Missionary Baptist Church. The drive was one of four the church put on before the 2016-2017 school year.

Ault Elementary School faculty and staff were treated to lunch Aug. 22 at Russo’s New York Pizzeria in the Fairfield Town Center. Ault principal Jeff LaCoke joined in for a ceremonial ribbon cutting before the school employees went to eat. Two days later, Second Baptist Church Cypress – an Adopt-a-School partner to Ault – provided lunch for the school staff.

Caldwell Companies provided breakfast and a yogurt bar to Holbrook Elementary School faculty and also donated school supplies. The Salyards Middle School staff was treated to a breakfast on consecutive days from Community of Faith Church and North Cypress Smiles Dentistry.

Reverend Ben Roy Lillie Sr. (left) and volunteers distribute school supplies to children at a drive Aug. 20 at Greater True Faith Missionary Baptist Church. The drive was one of four the church put on before the 2016-2017 school year.
Leslie Francis (left), director of marketing and business relations, and Emmott Elementary School Principal Jessica Hernandez (red and white top), stand with representatives from Cenergy on Aug. 21 after the company delivered school supplies it collected for the neighboring school.

“Not only is it a support to our school, but it’s extremely important for the school, the community and the businesses to all be connected,” LaCoke said. “Good schools benefit the community and business, and then businesses pay it forward by supporting us.”

For information on business partner opportunities in CFISD, please contact Leslie Francis, director of marketing and business relations, at 281-894-3950.

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