December 8, 2016
Representatives from The MET church gather for an Adopt-a-School ceremony at Bleyl Middle School on Dec. 5. Pictured, from left, are Chris Bullard, groups pastor; Stacia Carew, Bleyl principal; Leslie Francis, CFISD director of marketing and business relations; Nick Howk, student pastor; Stacy Lozano, women’s group director; Matt Roberson, lead pastor; Brad Kilgore, groups pastor; and Rick Theriot, Bible Studies and discipleship resource pastor.
Dec. 8, 2016 – Just in time for the holiday season, Bleyl MS and Moore ES each received a gift of service from local churches that officially signed contracts to adopt each school.
CFISD’s Adopt-a-School program pairs schools with community and business partners to utilize the resources of the community to help strengthen and enrich the quality of education for students.
Bleyl MS staff members applaud when they find out that their campus is being adopted by The MET church. The partnership between The MET and Bleyl MS became official on Dec. 5.
The MET Church’s lead pastor Matt Roberson and Bleyl principal Stacia Carew sign an Adopt-a-School agreement during a celebration at the campus on Dec. 5.
As Bleyl MS students were dismissed from school on Monday, Dec. 5, leaders from The MET Church waited in the front office to meet the entire Bleyl staff for an official adoption ceremony.
After a formal introduction by Leslie Francis, director for marketing and business relations, Bleyl principal Stacia Carew expressed her sentiments to her staff on how the school’s adoption by The MET is a true blessing.
“I don’t know that you all get to see everything that happens with The MET from mentorship to our kids to feeding 100 families at Thanksgiving—that’s a big deal,” she said. “We’re talking full blown … turkey, all the fixings, everything—and they have worked so well with all of our community. It is a complete blessing to have [The MET] as part of the Brahma community and part of our Brahma staff.”
The adoption was made official with The MET Church lead pastor Matt Roberson and principal Carew both signing an Adopt-a-School Agreement at the ceremony.
According to Roberson, it is amazing that in just the short time that The MET has had a partnership with Bleyl MS, the church has formed connections with many staff members and students.
“With Bleyl being right here in our community, we wanted to know what it would look like to make this connection a formal partnership—something that we can forge together in the future,” Roberson said. “It’s something that we hold close to our hearts, so it’s been great. From helping families around the holidays to participating in student activities through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), it’s just exciting to be in a relationship with [Bleyl MS]. Here’s what we want you to know—we are here for you.”
Brad Kilgore, groups pastor at The MET, said that the church was able to bless the staff with books, the latest one being The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens.
“It just so happened that when we were discussing the different needs of the school, administrators mentioned their desire to get a book in the hands of each of their staff members—we knew that this was something we could easily do so we did it,” Kilgore said. “Our desire is to do whatever we can to encourage the staff and show them that we care.”
The MET Church will sponsor approximately 30 Bleyl families this holiday season and the families have been invited as special guests to An Acoustic Christmas with Josh Wilson hosted at the Jones location, next door to Bleyl MS.
Moore ES principal Patricia Myers and Houston Northwest Church’s missions pastor Dwight Davis sign an Adopt-a-School agreement during a celebration at the campus on Dec. 5.
Representatives from Houston Northwest Church gather for an Adopt-a-School ceremony at Moore Elementary School on Dec. 5. Pictured are representatives from Houston Northwest Church including Chris Hall, missions associtate; Dwight Davis, missions pastor; Leslie Francis, CFISD director of marketing and business relations; and Patricia Myers, Moore ES principal.
Houston Northwest Church treated Moore ES staff members to Route 44 drinks from Sonic on Dec. 5. HNW formally adopted Moore ES during a brief ceremony that was held after school
Also at the end of the school day on Dec. 5, leaders from Houston Northwest Church greeted Moore ES staff with Route 44 Sonic drinks as they congregated for the special announcement that HNW would be adopting their campus.
“We are excited to be here,” said Dwight Davis, HNW missions pastor. “Many of us have come from educators’ families, me included, so we have a special place in our hearts for teachers and administrators, to bus drivers, the whole bit. We want to come and encourage you and be family with you. We’re looking forward to our partnership.”
The adoption was made official with Davis and Moore ES principal Patricia Myers both signing an Adopt-a-School Agreement at the ceremony.
“When I was first hired as the principal for this job, I received feedback from staff on what they wanted in a principal and what they wanted to see happen for the school,” Myers said. “Overwhelmingly, people said one of the things they wanted to see was for our campus to move forward with a formal adoption. After HNW came through for us during the April flood, we started talking with them about what HNW could do to officially be part of the Moore family. We have been able to make our needs known to them and they have graciously stepped up in tremendous ways.”
According to Chris Hall, HNW missions associate, one of the church’s desires is to know the community well and make connections.
“As a church we love this community very much and it’s an area that we are continually desiring to help build and help encourage—and what better way than to encourage those that are helping shape the community,” Hall said. “As students grow, as they are nurtured—if there’s ever a time where we can just say thanks to a teacher and to a staff member—we want to be able to grow that partnership better. So that’s certainly a reason why I’m excited about this adoption process, it solidifies that.”
Myers said that she could see that her staff was truly thankful for HNW’s commitment to serve and encourage Moore ES.
“Many times teachers are just spent at the end of a long day. So there are times when something as simple as a Sonic drink will make a teacher’s day,” Myers said. “To think that an organization outside of our school is there to just say thank you is so affirming.”
For more information on the Adopt-a-School program, contact Leslie Francis, director for marketing and business relations, at 281-894-3950 or [email protected].