Fifth annual Back-to-School Expo draws record crowd to Berry Center

August 18, 2017

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Carol Kelly, CFISD police sergeant, meets with a young visitor and his family at the fifth annual CFISD Back-to-School Expo.

Aug. 18, 2017—In continuing to grow and break records while doing so, the fifth annual CFISD Back-to-School Expo served more than 4,300 patrons and guests Aug. 12 at the Berry Center, giving all a one-stop shop for resources for incoming students, parents and prospective employees.

The total attendance figure was greater than any year, as was the nearly 600 students who enrolled for the 2017-2018 school year. The expo also provided 178 athletic physicals from Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital and 320 vision screenings. In addition, 667 immunizations were administered by the Harris Health System.

In addition to distributing fresh fruit, Walmart Neighborhood Market gave away school supplies at the fifth annual CFISD Back-to-School Expo.
In addition to distributing fresh fruit, Walmart Neighborhood Market gave away school supplies at the fifth annual CFISD Back-to-School Expo.

Walmart Neighborhood Market (8208 Barker Cypress Road) gave away 1,500 pounds of fresh fruit and 1,600 packed school supply kits valued at $11,000. In all, the final donation amounted to roughly $12,200.

"This is very beneficial to the community," said Anita Adams, who returned for a third year with daughter Brianna Fogle, a student at Matzke Elementary School. "It gives you that hands-on knowledge of what's going on."

A young patron at the fifth annual CFISD Back-to-School Expo rides on one of the Blender Bikes made available through the nutrition services department.
A young patron at the fifth annual CFISD Back-to-School Expo rides on one of the Blender Bikes made available through the nutrition services department.

The Back-to-School Expo was graciously sponsored by Cy-Fair Community Heath Center, Harris Health System, Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital and Walmart Neighborhood Market.

“CFISD appreciates its relationship with our business partners in facilitating an opportunity-filled Back-to-School Expo for our community,” said Ify Ogwumike, assistant superintendent for student services.

Walmart Neighborhood Market and many volunteers gave away 1,500 pounds of fresh fruit at the fifth annual CFISD Back-to-School Expo.
Walmart Neighborhood Market and many volunteers gave away 1,500 pounds of fresh fruit at the fifth annual CFISD Back-to-School Expo.

Immunizations administered by the Harris Health System were one of the many services offered at the fifth annual CFISD Back-to-School Expo.
Immunizations administered by the Harris Health System were one of the many services offered at the fifth annual CFISD Back-to-School Expo.

For more information on business partner opportunities in CFISD, please contact Leslie Francis, director of marketing and business relations, at 281-894-3950.

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