November 11, 2019
Representatives from the D. Bradley McWilliams YMCA announced the facility officially entered an Adopt-a-School partnership with Bleyl Middle School on Nov. 5. Pictured (left to right) are Bevin Gordon, CFISD director of marketing and business relations; Stacia Carew, Bleyl principal; Cody Meredith, McWilliams YMCA director of operations; and Jennifer Stephens, district vice president at the YMCA of Greater Houston.
Nov. 11, 2019—Bleyl Middle School staff visited the D. Bradley McWilliams YMCA on Nov. 5, joining representatives from the community partner as it surprised the campus with the official announcement that it would enter into an Adopt-a-School partnership with the CFISD school.
CFISD’s Adopt-a-School program pairs schools with community and business partners to utilize resources of the community to strengthen and enrich the quality of education for students.
Cody Meredith, D. Bradley McWilliams YMCA director of operations, signs an Adopt-a-School partnership agreement at the facility. The McWilliams YMCA officially entered into the partnership with Bleyl Middle School on Nov. 5, making the announcement before school staff joined facility personnel for team-building exercises.
For Bleyl, this is the school’s third Adopt-a-School partnership, further strengthening the Brahmas’ goal of working together with its community and partners.
“With every single one of those adoptions, it really does strengthen our community,” said Stacia Carew, Bleyl principal. “With this support, it does allow for us to make a greater impact. We’ve even talked about connecting our community partners, so we can all be part of this together and support those families in our community.”
D. Bradley McWilliams YMCA personnel lead Bleyl Middle School staff members during a team-building warmup after the two officially entered an Adopt-a-School partnership at the facility on Nov. 5.
The partnership makes sense for the McWilliams YMCA, which is located approximately three miles from Bleyl.
“In my experience, the YMCA has great ability to connect with schools, especially Title I schools,” said Jennifer Stephens, district vice president at the YMCA of Greater Houston. “We typically seek out those schools in our communities and find out what we can do to plug in and help serve the kids, families and teachers at those schools. I’ve seen great success of that in the past. It benefits the YMCA in a lot of ways and it benefits children. Our cause is strengthening communities and to me and to the YMCA, there’s no better way to do that than to go into our school system and directly impact children and families.”
Following a breakfast and official announcement of the Adopt-a-School partnership, Bleyl staff members were split into groups for team-building exercises led by YMCA personnel.
Bleyl Middle School staff were split into groups for team-building exercises after the school officially joined into an Adopt-a-School partnership with the D. Bradley McWilliams YMCA on Nov. 5.
“Our vision at Bleyl is that we build relationships, develop character and inspire a desire to learn,” Carew said. “So with that vision, it really does teach kids a lesson and our staff also sees the importance of outreach in our community.”
For more information on the Adopt-a-School program, contact Bevin Gordon, director of marketing and business relations, at 281-894-3950 or [email protected].