October 4, 2017
In establishing a partnership with its neighboring schools, staff from Houston’s First Baptist Church Cypress campus served lunch to the staffs at Bridgeland High School and Wells Elementary School on Sept. 7.
Oct. 4, 2017—A lunch for the staffs at Bridgeland High School and Wells Elementary School was just a small step in what officially became a partnership between the new schools and Houston’s First Baptist Church’s Cypress campus.
The entities put pen to paper Oct. 3, signing their adoption documents and each receiving certificates to display on campus.
But this partnership, which included lunch provided to faculty members from both schools Sept. 7, has been living and on-going since the start of the calendar year.
Cheryl Fisher (second from left), Wells Elementary School principal and Erin Ruddle (center), Houston’s First Baptist Church Cypress campus director of preschool and children’s ministry, hold their CFISD Adopt-a-School certificates and are joined by Leslie Francis, CFISD director of marketing and business relations and Pam and Jim Wells, the school namesakes.
“Just having the ability to make one phone call and get an army of volunteers is huge,” Bridgeland High School Principal Michael Smith said. “They’ve provided support from even before. They’ve been there since Day 1 back in January.”
Said Wells Elementary School Principal Cheryl Fisher: “Right when I was named principal, their presence already was there and their encouragement and love was there. We felt that and appreciated it.”
Mike Smith (second from left), Bridgeland High School principal, and Nathaniel Kuhns (third from left), Houston’s First Baptist Church Cypress campus minister to students, hold their CFISD Adopt-a-School certificates and are joined by Leslie Francis (left), CFISD director of marketing and business relations, Zac Hufty, First Baptist minister of campus development, Hannah Stovall, student ministry associate, Karen Willingham, student ministry administrative assistant, and Jason Swiggart, campus pastor.
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. Houston’s First Baptist Church’s Cypress campus is the first partner for Wells and Bridgeland – both schools opened this fall.
Like many Adopt-a-School partnerships, the church is a close neighbor to the school. The Cypress campus stands a few hundred yards from the multi-campus educational village, which includes Bridgeland, Wells and a future middle school.
Nathaniel Kuhns (left), minister of students at Houston’s First Baptist Church Cypress campus, and Erin Ruddle, director of preschool and children’s ministry, distribute lunch to the staffs at Bridgeland High School and Wells Elementary School on Sept. 7.
“Houston’s First Baptist Cypress Campus has a strong desire to impact our community,” Pastor Jason Swiggart said. “We see the proximity of our campus to Wells Elementary and Bridgeland High School as key in helping that desire become a reality. Houston’s First has a long history of partnering and collaborating with others in the city for the good of the city, and we look forward to offering resources, volunteers, support and hope to the students and families from these two amazing schools.”
The church has stepped in on multiple occasions for both schools. Staff meetings and student registration were held at Houston’s First when school construction was still ongoing. And it wasn’t just the physical building, Smith added, as operations were supported by volunteers and whatever else each school needed.
“It’s having their presence and knowing they’re there is exciting to think about all throughout the year,” Fisher said. “We will make opportunities to include them and make that effort…because we want them to be a part of it.”
Bridgeland High School Principal Michael Smith (left), Jason Swiggart, pastor at Houston’s First Baptist Church Cypress campus, Cheryl Fisher, Wells Elementary School principal, and Leslie Francis, CFISD director of marketing and business relations, pose for a photo before the church staff served lunch to the Wells and Bridgeland staffs Sept. 7.
Added Smith: “Whether it’s faith-based or business-based organizations, it’s nice to have that level of support.”
For more information on the Adopt-a-School program, contact Leslie Francis, director of marketing and business relations, at 281-894-3950 or [email protected].