District partners celebrate gift of giving

December 23, 2015


Representatives from the CFISD police department, including Sgt. Cedric Nolly, far left; Officer Tamesa Singleton, third from left; and Officer Burl Johnson, far right; delivered bicycles to Cypress Assistance Ministries on Dec. 17.

Dec. 23, 2015—CFISD departments, schools and business partners commemorated the joy of the holiday season by giving back to local organizations, families and schools throughout December.

The CFISD police department delivered 21 bicycles and helmets to the local outreach organization Cypress Assistance Ministries (CAM) on Dec. 17, which were distributed to families in need Dec. 21-22.


CFISD police officers delivered 21 bicycles to Cypress Assistance Ministries that will help needy families in time for the holidays.

Chief of police Alan Bragg said he supported the project, suggested by Officer Burl Jones, as a chance to give back to the community that has backed the department since its 2012 formation.

“It was another opportunity to ‘pay back’ from the blessings we have all received to those who may be in need during this Christmas season,” Chief Bragg said.

Several CFPD officers volunteered to set up CAM’s distribution area at Cypress United Methodist Church, where the bikes and other items were distributed this week.  


School partner Fairfield Baptist Church donated one turkey for each of the 43 families being served at the “Frazier Express.”

Frazier Elementary School held its annual “Frazier Express” on Dec. 18, partnering with local organizations to deliver food, clothing and gifts to 43 school families in need.

Each family received a turkey courtesy of Fairfield Baptist Church; bags of rice and sacks of potatoes courtesy of Allegiance Bank; and non-perishable foods courtesy of Allegiance Bank, water company EDP, David and Ellen Gehl of EDP and Frazier students and families.


Frazier Elementary School staff and volunteers prepare nonperishable food items to be delivered to 43 families in need during the “Frazier Express.”

According to Frazier math interventionist Diana Corliss, the children were adopted by Frazier staff, the Keith Elementary School PTO and Allegiance Bank.

“On delivery day, we had Frazier staff, Allegiance Bank and Keith PTO come by to help bring the joy and love of Frazier Express out to the 43 families,” Corliss said.


Community Impact Newspaper employees provided gifts for students at McFee Elementary School through Cy-Hope’s holiday assistance program. Pictured (front row, L-R) are: Shawn Arrajj, Marie Leonard, Virginia Lascara, Cyndi McDonald and Evelia Gramajo; and (back row) Chris Shelton, Wendy Cawthon, Dionna Moore and Jackie Brunk.

Staff members at Community Impact Newspaper delivered gifts to McFee Elementary School on Dec. 16, providing items for more than eight children through Cy-Hope’s holiday assistance program.

“We’re always looking for opportunities to serve within the community and this was a perfect way for us to give to those in need,” said Jason Culpepper, Community Impact’s Houston Metro publisher.


ACU (Associated Credit Union) of Texas donated 20 pies to Andre’ Elementary School staff on Dec. 15. Pictured (L-R) are Jennifer Morrow, Andre’ secretary; Laura Ann Novacinski, Andre’ principal; and April Thomson, ACU of Texas vice president of operations.

Two business partners made the holidays a little sweeter for two elementary schools:

  • ACU (Associated Credit Union) of Texas delivered 20 pies, coffee and hot cocoa to Andre’ Elementary School on Dec. 15 that were served to staff on Dec. 16; and
  • Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union donated 120 H-E-B pies (one for every staff member) to Adopt-a-School partner Bang Elementary School.


The Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union gave every Bang Elementary School staff member a pie from HEB for the holidays. CFFCU and Bang are partners through the community engagement department’s Adopt-a-School program.

The CFISD Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) executive board made several deliveries to district campuses:

  • staff appreciation treats for Hopper Middle School, Sheridan Elementary School, Alternative Learning Center (ALC)—East, ALC—West and the Adaptive Behavior Center (ABC);
  • cookies for Windfern High School; and
  • cookies for Labay Middle School.


CFISD VIPS executive board staff appreciation chair Cyndi Matteson, center, surprised Labay Middle School with about 10 dozen cookies for the school’s holiday luncheon last week. Pictured with Matteson are principal’s secretary Jill Meador, left, and language arts CCIS Bridget Pearce, right.


The CFISD VIPS (Volunteers in Public Schools) executive board prepares staff appreciation treats for Hopper Middle School, Sheridan Elementary School, ALC-East, ALC-West and the Adaptive Behavior Center.

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