Local businesses announce Adopt-a-School partnership with Emmott ES

November 16, 2017

Leslie Francis (left), CFISD director of marketing and business relations, and Jessica Hernandez, principal at Emmott Elementary School, go over Adopt-a-School paperwork as the campus was officially adopted by local businesses Cenergy and CU Alliance on Nov. 15.
Leslie Francis (left), CFISD director of marketing and business relations, and Jessica Hernandez, principal at Emmott Elementary School, go over Adopt-a-School paperwork as the campus was officially adopted by local businesses Cenergy and CU Alliance on Nov. 15.

Nov. 16, 2017—Jessica Hernandez patiently watched as other CFISD schools were adopted by local business and community organizations.

The longtime principal at Emmott Elementary School kept wondering when the generous gesture would make its way to her school, students and staff. She even questioned if she – as the principal – was doing something wrong or needed to do something different.

Leslie Francis (left), CFISD director of marketing and business relations, Adrian Dominguez, CU Alliance president and CEO, Jessica Hernandez, Emmott Elementary School principal, and Michael Ferrier, Cenergy general counsel, pose for photos after the local business and campus formalized their Adopt-a-School partnership Nov. 15.
Leslie Francis (left), CFISD director of marketing and business relations, Adrian Dominguez, CU Alliance president and CEO, Jessica Hernandez, Emmott Elementary School principal, and Michael Ferrier, Cenergy general counsel, pose for photos after the local business and campus formalized their Adopt-a-School partnership Nov. 15.

But she kept reminding herself to have faith.

Emmott’s moment came Nov. 15 as not only one, but two businesses within walking distance of the campus officially announced that they would enter into an Adopt-a-School partnership. And there was a smiling Hernandez, standing next to representatives from Cenergy and CU Alliance.

“Having patience and believing that it would happen one day – and now to get two is very exciting,” Hernandez said. “It’s a partnership and it really puts the level of teamwork at its best not only within the school, but outside to the community as well. It really validates what we live by – Eagle pride.”

CU Alliance joined Cenergy in formalizing its Adopt-a-School partnership with Emmott Elementary School on Nov. 15.
CU Alliance joined Cenergy in formalizing its Adopt-a-School partnership with Emmott Elementary School on Nov. 15.

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.

“We thought about different types of groups that we could get involved with but I think the core to any neighborhood and the thing that binds the entire neighborhood together is the school,” said Michael Ferrier, general counsel for Cenergy. “That’s where you get the basis of the backbone of the community, where everybody can gather and where everybody can meet each other.

Emmott Elementary School staff (black shirts) surround representatives from Cenergy and CU Alliance for photos after the local businesses and campus formalized their Adopt-a-School partnership Nov. 15.
Emmott Elementary School staff (black shirts) surround representatives from Cenergy and CU Alliance for photos after the local businesses and campus formalized their Adopt-a-School partnership Nov. 15.

“We figured if you’re going to give back to the community, start with the school.”

For Adrian Dominquez, the president and CEO of CU Alliance, the partnership is official now but has been in the works for years.

Jessica Hernandez, Emmott Elementary School principal, signs the Adopt-a-School paperwork Nov. 15 as the campus formalized its Adopt-a-School partnership with Cenergy and CU Alliance.
Jessica Hernandez, Emmott Elementary School principal, signs the Adopt-a-School paperwork Nov. 15 as the campus formalized its Adopt-a-School partnership with Cenergy and CU Alliance.

“Over the years, we’ve helped the school,” he said. “We’ve been here for Bus Buddies. My son went to school here, so it was sort of a partnership in the making over many years. It was good to see that the connection came through.”

For more information on the Adopt-a-School program, contact Leslie Francis, director of marketing and business relations, at 281-894-3951 or [email protected].

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