Holbrook Elementary, Faith Assembly celebrate shoe giveaway

December 12, 2016

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Holbrook Elementary School first-grade teacher Dan Brown hugs student Carlos Rios after handing him a wrapped box of Under Armour shoes during Faith Assembly Church’s “The Gift” celebration on Dec. 11. Church members donated 987 pairs of shoes to Holbrook students.

Dec. 12, 2016—CFISD partner Faith Assembly Church helped deliver another unforgettable holiday gift to CFISD students for the fourth straight year through a shoe giveaway for Holbrook Elementary School on Dec. 11.

Faith Assembly purchased 987 pairs of Under Armour shoes, and church staff and volunteers announced the giveaway to Holbrook students during lunch on Dec. 8.

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Holbrook third-grade teacher Tami Yanez hands a new pair of shoes to student Julian Romero at Faith Assembly Church’s “The Gift” celebration on Dec. 11.

Holbrook students and their families arrived on Sunday to find brand-new shoes wrapped and waiting for them in the church gymnasium.

“At Faith Assembly, we’re all about building on life’s greatest moments. And for us, this year, that meant helping make a principal’s dream come true for her school,” said Leah Carreon, Faith Assembly children’s pastor. “We know that these shoes are much more than a pair of shoes. They’re a gift of grace to show that someone loves your child.”

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Yvette Garcia, Holbrook principal, thanks Faith Assembly Church Lead Pastor Jason Taylor for providing new shoes for every student at the campus.

Faith Assembly initially partnered with CFISD schools through a bicycle giveaway, “The Gift,” in 2013 at Reed Elementary School. It continued the effort with another neighboring CFISD school at Frazier Elementary School in 2014, then served Bane Elementary School students in 2015.

Holbrook staff from each grade level helped distribute the shoes to each student as the families lined up in the gym.

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Holbrook counselor Nichole Clark hugs an excited kindergarten student Ivan Soto after he received a new pair of shoes from Faith Assembly Church on Dec. 11.

“It was very touching because there were so many kids here,” said Yvette Garcia, Holbrook principal. “Just to see their smiles when they got their box of shoes—it was special. The majority of my staff was here today, and it was good to see how supportive of their students they were as well.”

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Second-grade students Esperanza Medrano and Jeffrey Pocasangre hug teacher Rebecca Macias at Faith Assembly Church’s “The Gift” celebration on Dec. 11.

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First-grade student Anahi Zapeta holds her new pair of shoes with her teacher, Dan Brown, at Faith Assembly Church on Dec. 11. 

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