September 11, 2015
Lamkin ES staff members celebrate an Adopt-a-School partnership with the CFISD Police Department on Sept. 11.
The timing could not be more perfect. Today, on National First Responders Day, Lamkin Elementary School principal Gale Parker and members of her staff surprised the CFISD Police Department during morning roll call to officially adopt the department by entering into an Adopt-A-School partnership.
“We are so excited to be able to give back after being given to by [two churches that have adopted our school],” Parker said.
CFISD’s Adopt-a-School program connects schools with community and business partners to utilize the resources of the community to strengthen and enrich the quality of education for students.
“The adoption that occurred today is a first of its kind,” said Leslie Francis, director of marketing and business relations. “This time, instead of a school being the recipient of an adoption, the school wanted to ‘pay it forward’ and show how much they appreciate the dedication of our very own police officers.”
According to Parker, Lamkin ES has always had a wonderful relationship with the CFPD and the department has not only handled every situation efficiently, but always in a friendly and helpful manner.
“Recently we had a tired and hungry homeless woman resting on our front foyer sidewalk. Not initially knowing her status, we reported it to the CFPD dispatcher who immediately sent police officers to our school. Instead of asking her to move on, our officers took her to a cooler area, fed her and found a shelter for her,” Parker said. “This [adoption] is our way of letting CFPD know that Lamkin notices, and we want to say thank you, more than just once!”
Parker and her administrative team kicked off the partnership on Sept. 11 by making goody bags of homemade cookies, brownies and dessert bars for the officers to grab and go.
As part of the adoption, a Lamkin ES committee named the Blue Crew—consisting of staff members, students and campus PTO members—has been formed to plan creative ways for the campus to show support to CFPD officers throughout the school year.
“My goal is to teach our students how important it is to make daily sacrifices for others, and how they too can be part of that philosophy, culture and their community,” Parker said. “I think positive exposure and experiences make the difference in how our students view our first responders. We are hopeful that having this partnership will not only expose our kids to the good that our officers provide, but also build trust and the desire to abide by the laws that protect us all as well.”
CFISD Chief of Police Alan Bragg, who leads the 82-member team of officers, said that he is thankful for the outpouring of support from schools, administration and the community especially in light of the recent tragedy in the CFISD area.
“We are so thankful for the outpouring support from our community, as well as the CFPD Adoption [by Lamkin] and the tremendous support exhibited to our officers this morning,” Chief Bragg said. “The permanent and year-round adoption of the CFPD is new and unique. [Gale and her team] were the first to adopt a department within the district and we were the first to be adopted … a connection and bond that will live on.”
For more information on the Adopt-a-School program, contact Leslie Francis, director for marketing and business relations, at 281-894-3950 or [email protected] .
Leslie Francis, director of marketing and business relations, presents Lamkin ES principal and Chief of Police Alan Bragg with certificates from the Adopt-a-School program. Lamkin ES formally adopted the CFPD on Sept. 11
Lamkin ES principal Gale Parker hugs a CFPD officer after the Adoption ceremony on Sept. 11.
Throughout the school year, other schools such as Aragon MS and Hamilton ES, have shown their support and appreciation to CFPD. Chief Bragg holds up a ‘Thank You’ card from Hamilton ES that was dropped off at the station after the Adoption ceremony.