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Schools, community benefit from holiday giving efforts

December 20, 2016

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Flotek employee Leon Gilmore and other company volunteers unload potatoes and other food items at Frazier Elementary School on Dec. 15 for the “Frazier Express,” in which 48 families benefited from the business and community’s generosity.

Dec. 20, 2016—CFISD students experienced the joy of both giving and receiving during the holiday season through school and business partnerships and volunteer efforts.

Frazier Elementary School continued a 2015 partnership with the Keith Elementary School PTO called the “Angel Tree.” Frazier provided Keith with ornaments depicting various families’ needs, which were hung on the tree in the school office. Approximately 45 Keith families participated in fulfilling the requests of clothes, toys, books and other gifts.

Keith’s gifts were used in the annual “Frazier Express” on Dec. 15. Several employees from Frazier’s Adopt-a-School partner, Flotek, arrived with 55 turkeys, 55 bags of rice and hundreds of socks for 44 families purchased by the company and its team members. Another 55 sacks of potatoes were donated by fruit/vegetable distributor Tom Lange.

Employees’ family members even got involved in the donation and delivery process, during which volunteers and Frazier staff dropped off food, clothing and gifts for 48 Frazier families.

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Michele Spees, right, Kirk Elementary School behavior interventionist, assists Kirk fourth-grade student Micah Washington as she shops in the PBIS store before the holidays. Kirk parents Tyson and Priya Shields donated more than $7,000 in merchandise from their Hallmark stores to contribute to the campus’ store.

Due to a generous donation from parents Tyson and Priya Shields, owners several local Hallmark stores, students at Kirk Elementary School were able to choose gifts for their loved ones to help commemorate the season of giving. The Shields, whose child is in kindergarten in CFISD, contributed more than $7,000 in Hallmark gifts for the store that students could use “Kirk Cash” to purchase. PTO parents wrapped each present before it was sent home in order to make the gift extra special.

“With a family-owned business, we are in a position to make donations that will provide these children with a little better Christmas they might otherwise not have or experience,” the Shields family said. “It is our hope that others, in the same position, would also see the rewards and consider making donations to Cypress-Fairbanks ISD schools. We are supporting the leaders of tomorrow.”

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Cy-Fair basketball players sort food and prepare bags for needy families at Cy-Hope on Dec. 12.

Cy-Fair High School varsity and junior varsity boys’ basketball players visited district partner Cy-Hope on Dec. 12 to sort food and make food bags for needy families in the community.

The Pope Elementary School PTO adopted 32 families from M. Robinson Elementary School, equating to 450 gifts for 85 children benefiting from the partner school’s generosity.

Pope’s student council collected 225 new or slightly used gifts for a holiday event at M. Robinson. The gifts came complete with gift bags and cards that M. Robinson students could give to a parent or sibling.

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Bane Elementary School first-grade student Jacob Tovar proudly displays the toy he selected that was delivered by business partner Patient Account Services on Dec. 14.

Business partner Patient Accounts Services visited Bane Elementary School on Dec. 14 to donate one new toy to each child at the school. The surprise giveaway allowed pre-K through first-grade students to receive a special surprise from Santa.

Patient Accounts Services’ operations coordinator, Desiree Chavez, coordinated the effort, which resulted in employees donating more than 300 toys to the students.

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A. Robison Elementary School staff, from left, Lisa Stegent, Beth Seiter, Karen Russi, Kerry Yount and Kelly Gerletti, stand beside the toys donated for 41 families at McFee Elementary School.

Students, staff and families at A. Robison Elementary School sponsored 41 children and families at McFee Elementary School.

“There are no words to express how much their acts of generosity and love will impact these children and their families by creating memories that will last a lifetime,” said Donna Harden, McFee principal. “To say we were awestruck with their delivery of gifts and their total sense of humility in giving is an understatement!”

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Community Impact Newspaper—Cy-Fair sponsored four Moore Elementary School families with gifts for the holidays.

Community Impact Newspaper—Cy-Fair provided four students from Moore Elementary School with gifts for the holidays, which it delivered with the help of Cy-Hope.

Students at Hopper Middle School participated in a community service project for the homeless, donating necessities for “You Matter” bags that were organized by student council members. Staff members, students and parents volunteered their time to hand-deliver more than 120 bags all over the community.

Hopper students also donated more than 280 new toys to less fortunate children through Toys for Tots.

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Hopper Middle School organize 120 “You Matter” bags from donated items for homeless families in the community.

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Hopper Middle School students donated more than 280 toys to children through Toys for Tots. 

Swenke Elementary School families sponsored Lieder Elementary School families for the fourth straight year, donating enough gifts to support 33 families and 75 children. The donations included 11 bicycles and a Barbie Dreamhouse, which were delivered by Swenke staff and WatchDOGS volunteers.

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Swenke and Lieder staff and Swenke WatchDOGS stand beside gifts donated by Swenke families to 33 Lieder families on Dec. 13. Pictured, from left, are Kathy Gutierrez, Lieder campus secretary; Charlie Ramirez, Lieder counselor; Elizabeth Miller, Swenke principal; Alison Rash, Lieder counselor; Dr. Karen Stockton, Lieder principal; Kim Birkelbach, Lieder assistant principal; Lyla Payne, Lieder counselor; Kristine Ashmead, Lieder assistant principal; Petra Skopal, Swenke counselor; Colleen Keiser, Swenke counselor; Lindsay McConnell, Swenke instructional specialist; Sarah Millerhouse, Swenke assistant principal; Matthew White, Swenke WatchDOG; Cecilio Flores, Swenke WatchDOG; Jeff Ivey, Swenke WatchDOG: Joe Cotton, Swenke WatchDOG; and Shawn Royer, Swenke WatchDOG.

Students and staff at Hamilton Elementary School continued their tradition of a schoolwide holiday service project helping families at Holbrook Elementary School to celebrate and fulfill their holiday wishes. The Hamilton staff and community donated more than 600 items to 75 children that were delivered on Dec. 8.

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Hamilton Elementary School families deliver more than 600 items for Holbrook Elementary School students for the holidays.

For the second straight year, students at Post Elementary School collected toiletries and kitchen items for Camp Hope. Camp Hope provides healing, help and hope for veterans suffering from combat-related PTSD in a caring and positive environment.

Post students also adopted an endangered animal through the Worldwide Wildlife Federation for the eighth consecutive year. The students chose a red panda, donating more than $700 in coins to surpass their goal of $450.

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Post Elementary School students adopted an endangered red panda through the World Wildlife Federation.

Lastly, Post students collected a large amount of food to donate to the United Methodist Church for families in need.

Campbell Middle School counselors sent out a request to help Gator families for the holidays, and fulfilled all angels from its tree recipients to receive clothes and toys. Campbell also received enough turkey donations to give each family a turkey dinner including side dishes.

Choir students at Salyards Middle School adopted 22 families from Owens Elementary School.

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Salyards Middle School choir students contributed gifts to Owens Elementary School students during the holidays. Pictured, from left, are Bradley Acree, Salyards choir director; Amy Frank, Owens principal; Amy Moore, Salyards choir director; Lynda Stogsdill, Owens counselor; and Cecilia Albarracin, Owens bilingual counselor.

“We are so proud of our students and their families for their generosity during this holiday season,” said Liz Wood, Salyards principal.

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The Keith Elementary School PTO set up an Angel Tree for families to sponsor families in need at Frazier Elementary School.

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