400-plus volunteer Bus Buddies assist young CFISD bus riders

August 30, 2018

CFISD Board of Trustees member Darcy Mingoia welcomes Hancock Elementary School students onto their bus Aug. 28 as part of the Bus Buddies program. More than 400 community volunteers took part in the program, which helps ensure young students are safely transported to their proper drop-off points and locations during the first two days of school.
CFISD Board of Trustees member Darcy Mingoia welcomes Hancock Elementary School students onto their bus Aug. 28 as part of the Bus Buddies program. More than 400 community volunteers took part in the program, which helps ensure young students are safely transported to their proper drop-off points and locations during the first two days of school.

Aug. 30, 2018—In assisting the new bus riders and drivers and CFISD, 430 community volunteers assisted in the 12th annual CFISD Bus Buddies program during the first week of classes. It’s the second consecutive year in which the total has topped 400 volunteers, with many serving as a Bus Buddy for more than one day.

Bus Buddies rode CFISD school buses from 2:45 p.m. to 5 p.m. for the first two days of school, Aug. 27-28, to ensure young students were safely transported to their proper drop-off points and locations.

 Mariana Trevino of H-E-B helps assist Rennell Elementary School students board their bus during the second day of school. H-E-B was among 102 businesses and organizations that participated in the Bus Buddies program.
Mariana Trevino of H-E-B helps assist Rennell Elementary School students board their bus during the second day of school. H-E-B was among 102 businesses and organizations that participated in the Bus Buddies program.

Nathan Burk of Johnson Controls, Inc., talks with Kirk Elementary School students Aug. 27. Burk was among 430 community volunteers to take part in the 12th annual Bus Buddies program.
Nathan Burk of Johnson Controls, Inc., talks with Kirk Elementary School students Aug. 27. Burk was among 430 community volunteers to take part in the 12th annual Bus Buddies program.

Our Bus Buddies program was another success this year, but it would not have been possible without the support of our business partners, administration and community members,” said Bill Powell, assistant superintendent of support services. “I am also grateful to our communication and community engagement departments for promoting and scheduling the program to ensure our students’ safety over the first two days of school. Thank you to everyone for making it a great success.”

In addition to community volunteers, 102 businesses and organizations participated in the program. The following partners came together to make the program successful once again:

  • Above Grade Level;
  • Adopt a Firestation Foundation;
  • AFC Urgent Care Cypress;
  • AIG Financial Network;
  • Allstate – Todd Ray Agency;
  • Amegy Bank;
  • American Heart Association;
  • Anthony Enih Realtor;
  • Associated Credit Union of Texas;
  • AvA Orthodontics;
  • AXA Advisors;
  • Bear Creek Baptist Church;
  • Best in Class Education;
  • Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene;
  • Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene – Ellis Nabors Team;
  • Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene – Rose Gibson Team;
  • Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene – Susan McLeroy Team;
  • Biggby Coffee;
  • Black Horse, LLC;
  • Boys Scouts of America;
  • Brecker Realty;
  • BSA Soaring Eagle District;
  • BUENO Communication;
  • Cake Fine Pastry;
  • Caldwell Companies;
  • Calvary Community Church;
  • Carrington Park at Huffmeister Apartments;
  • Caterpillar;
  • Cenergy;
  • CFISD Board of Trustees;
  • CFISD Community Leadership Committee;
  • Chase Bank;
  • Club Z! In-home Tutoring of Cypress;
  • CollegeHelp4You;
  • Community Impact Newspaper;
  • Copperfield Church;
  • Cornerstone United Methodist Church;
  • Crossbridge Christian Church;
  • Cy-Fair Christian Church;
  • Cy Fair Driving School, LLC;
  • Cy-Fair AFT;
  • Cy-Fair Educational Foundation;
  • Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union;
  • Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce;
  • Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department;
  • Cy-FARE;
  • Cy-Hope;
  • Cypress Bible Church;
  • Cypress United Methodist Church;
  • Cy-RTA;
  • Dale Haynie State Farm;
  • EagleBurgmann;
  • Energy Capital Credit Union;
  • First Community Credit Union;
  • Franklin Covey;
  • Good Shepherd United Methodist Church;
  • Harris County Department of Education;
  • Harris County Precinct 4, Office of Commissioner R. Jack Cagle;
  • H-E-B;
  • Highlands Residential Mortgage;
  • Horace Mann – Lance Harjo Agency;
  • Houston First Church of God;
  • Houston Northwest Church;
  • Houston’s First Baptist Church – Cypress;
  • I Teach Drive;
  • IDS Engineering Group;
  • Jersey Village Hair Salon;
  • Jersey Village Women’s Group;
  • John Wesley United Methodist Church;
  • Johnson Controls, Inc.;
  • Jumping Fiesta Rentals;
  • Junior Achievement;
  • Kappa Alpha Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma;
  • Kids R Kids of Barker Cypress;
  • Lakewood United Methodist Church;
  • Lifepath Church;
  • Massage Heights – Cy-Fair;
  • Massage Heights – Cypress Towne Center;
  • Massage Heights – Rock Creek;
  • Mathnasium of Cy-Fair;
  • Members Choice Credit Union;
  • Messiah Lutheran Church;
  • Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital;
  • New Life Church;
  • Nightlight Pediatric Urgent Care;
  • NSDAR Heritage Trails;
  • NW Cypress Pediatrics and Family Medicine, PLLC;
  • ProTech Connect;
  • Reach Unlimited;
  • Region 4 ESC;
  • Regions Bank;
  • Robb Brotemarkle – Edward Jones;
  • Sports Quest;
  • St. John Lutheran Church;
  • St. Timothy Lutheran Church;
  • State Farm David Everest;
  • Stewart Title Company;
  • The Foundry United Methodist Church;
  • Toshiba;
  • Tutor Doctor Cypress;
  • VillaSport Cypress; and
  • Wilhite Environment.

The Bus Buddies program is an annual partnership between the CFISD transportation and community engagement departments and the Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce.

CFISD Board of Trustees vice president Bob Covey (right) was among 430 community volunteers to take part in the 12th annual Bus Buddies program, which helps ensure young students are safely transported to their proper drop-off points and locations during the first two days of school.
CFISD Board of Trustees vice president Bob Covey (right) was among 430 community volunteers to take part in the 12th annual Bus Buddies program, which helps ensure young students are safely transported to their proper drop-off points and locations during the first two days of school.

Representatives from Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital and Chase Bank were among 12 Bus Buddies to assist young riders Aug. 27 at Ault Elementary School.
Representatives from Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital and Chase Bank were among 12 Bus Buddies to assist young riders Aug. 27 at Ault Elementary School.

 CFISD Board of Trustees member Debbie Blackshear helps Danish Elementary School students board buses Aug. 27 as part of the Bus Buddies program. Now in its 12th year, the program assists and ensures young riders area safety transported to their proper drop-off points and locations during the first two days of school.
CFISD Board of Trustees member Debbie Blackshear helps Danish Elementary School students board buses Aug. 27 as part of the Bus Buddies program. Now in its 12th year, the program assists and ensures young riders area safety transported to their proper drop-off points and locations during the first two days of school.

“The CFISD and Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce Bus Buddy program was a great success this year,” said Bevin Gordon, CFISD director of marketing and business relations. “CFISD is grateful to over 400 selfless volunteers who rode elementary school buses to support CFISD’s commitment to student safety.”

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