Campuses celebrate Thanksgiving by giving to those in need

November 26, 2019

Jae Simpson-Bulter (left), director of student services, Travis Fanning (center), assistant superintendent for school leadership and Ify Ogwumike (right), assistant superintendent for student services, help provide meals on Nov. 22 to students and families who qualify as homeless.
Jae Simpson-Bulter (left), director of student services, Travis Fanning (center), assistant superintendent for school leadership and Ify Ogwumike (right), assistant superintendent for student services, help provide meals on Nov. 22 to students and families who qualify as homeless.

Nov. 26, 2019—Throughout the month of November, multiple CFISD campuses and departments celebrated the season of giving by collecting, providing, donating and delivering food and other items to students and families in need.

The Student Services Department and members of the Student Services/Families in Transition program carried out its 11-year tradition of working with community partners and donors to provide and deliver meals to students and families who qualify as homeless. Fifty meals were assembled Nov. 22 with each containing a turkey, stuffing, chicken broth, mashed potatoes, green beans, gravy, yams, vegetables, cake mix and frosting.

The following community and business partners helped make the meals possible:

  • Kroger;
  • Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union;
  • The Kappa Alpha Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International;
  • McCall Gibson Swedlund Barfoot PLLC; and
  • Dr. Michael A. Diteresa.

Volunteers from across CFISD made their way to the Instructional Support Center to pick up the meals and deliver them to students and their families at various campuses.

Students and staff from the Carpenter Center volunteered at the Houston Food Bank after an ammonia leak lead to nearly two million pounds of food being thrown away. Carpenter Center long-term substitute Ann Vest organized the trip because they simply wanted to help.

Representatives from The Met Church, Bleyl Middle School, the Brautigam Center and Black Elementary School pose for a picture at The Met Church on Nov. 21. The church partnered with all three schools to provide meals to families in need from all three campuses.Representatives from The Met Church, Bleyl Middle School, the Brautigam Center and Black Elementary School pose for a picture at The Met Church on Nov. 21. The church partnered with all three schools to provide meals to families in need from all three campuses.

The Met Church on Jones Road partnered with Bleyl Middle School, the Brautigam Center and Black Elementary School to give meals to families in need from all three campuses. Volunteers from the church and all three campuses greeted families on Nov. 21 when they arrived to pick up meals.

“The best part of the night is talking to the families,” said Christian Miller, executive pastor of missional development at The Met. “We love being able to put a smile on these families’ faces as they drive off. Seeing those smiles is the win for us.”

The Cypress Springs High School track team collected Thanksgiving meal items to be donated to Cypress Springs community members. All Cypress Springs athletics teams collected items and created 19 baskets to be donated. The school’s athletic booster club also donated $25 gift cards to each basket for families to buy a turkey or ham.
The Cypress Springs High School track team collected Thanksgiving meal items to be donated to Cypress Springs community members. All Cypress Springs athletics teams collected items and created 19 baskets to be donated. The school’s athletic booster club also donated $25 gift cards to each basket for families to buy a turkey or ham.

Cypress Springs High School athletic teams donated 19 Thanksgiving baskets to the Cypress Springs community. Campus Athletic Director Charles Rohan decided to challenge all Cypress Springs athletics teams to collect Thanksgiving meal items for baskets to be donated. Some of the items in the baskets included instant mashed potatoes, boxed stuffing, mac and cheese, canned vegetables and bread. The Cypress Springs Athletic Booster Club also donated $25 gift cards to each basket for families to buy a turkey or ham.

The Cy-Fair High School baseball team joined in the spirit of giving by also collecting Thanksgiving meal items to create nine Thanksgiving baskets to be donated to families in need. Items in the baskets included gravy, canned vegetables, dessert items and holiday paperware.

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