June 10, 2020
Dr. Mark Henry, center, CFISD superintendent of schools, poses with Landon Reed, left, Harris County Precinct 4 assistant director of community outreach, and Travis Whitmeyer, founder and president of Whitmeyer’s Distilling Co., at Francone Elementary School on May 13. Francone was among nine CFISD schools where Precinct 4 personnel distributed hand sanitizer produced by the local distillery to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
June 9, 2020—To help support the CFISD community and reduce the spread of COVID-19, Harris County Precinct 4 and Commissioner Jack Cagle, and Whitmeyer’s Distilling Co. partnered with the district to distribute hand sanitizer to campuses within the precinct in May.
Precinct 4 personnel distributed the 32-ounce bottles of hand sanitizer during curbside meal availability on May 6 at Holbrook and Kirk elementary schools, Bleyl Middle School, and Cypress Creek, Cypress Ridge, Cypress Lakes and Langham Creek high schools. Additional sanitizer was distributed at Francone Elementary School on May 13.
“We were so grateful to have this donation, as we work to ensure the health and safety of our school community,” Francone Principal Melissa Martin said. “It was such a meaningful gesture to those families who visit Francone’s community meal program each week.”
Don McCord, Harris County Precinct 4 mechanical fleet manager, gives a bottle of hand sanitizer to a family at Cypress Ridge High School on May 6. Precinct 4 and Whitmeyer’s Distilling Co. teamed together to distribute the 32-ounce bottles of sanitizer to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. The distillery is among more than 800 nationwide to use their facilities to produce sanitizer. Whitmeyer’s Distillery has distributed to local school districts, first responders, hospitals and funeral homes.
According to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, more than 825 distilleries across the country produced hand sanitizer for their local communities and beyond to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Located at 16711 Hollister St. in Houston near FM 1960, Whitmeyer’s Distilling has used its equipment to produce hand sanitizer since March 31. A partnership with Global Healing, which donated chemicals for the sanitizer, increased production. Precinct 4 helped in delivery to local first responders and seven school districts within the precinct, including CFISD.
Personnel distributed 200 bottles at each CFISD campus.
“In times of crisis, neighbors assist neighbors,” Cagle said. “That’s why we at Precinct 4 are so happy to join Cypress-Fairbanks ISD and others to distribute food, hand sanitizer and other needed items to our neighbors throughout the area.”