Students blend teamwork, ambition, perseverance in 2020 TAP Camp

March 20, 2020

Copeland Elementary School teacher Aughtney Black works with a student during TAP Camp, held March 10-12 at the Berry Center. The event helped provide fun, motivational and educational experience to approximately 55 CFISD students.Copeland Elementary School teacher Aughtney Black works with a student during TAP Camp, held March 10-12 at the Berry Center. The event helped provide fun, motivational and educational experience to approximately 55 CFISD students.

March 20, 2020—Approximately 55 CFISD students gathered at the Berry Center March 10-12 for a fun, motivational and educational experience at the annual TAP (Teamwork – Ambition – Perseverance) Camp, held during the week of spring break.

Funded by the Texas Support for Homeless Education Program (TEXSHEP) grant, TAP Camp utilizes multiple district departments–curriculum and instruction, community programs, transportation, nutrition services and community engagement—to offer a fun-filled, team-building learning environment for students.

TAP Camp students finished each day with a large-group session and prize giveaways. At the end of the first day, each student went home with a new backpack filled with supplies and prizes. TAP Camp students finished each day with a large-group session and prize giveaways. At the end of the first day, each student went home with a new backpack filled with supplies and prizes.

Buses transported students to the Berry Center each day, which began at 8:30 a.m. with breakfast followed by a pep session in the arena. The daily schedule included both large and small groups for team-building activities and interactive math instruction from CFISD teachers. Following lunch provided by the nutrition services department, students went back into rotations before finishing each day with a large-group session and prize giveaways in the arena before dismissal.

AR Workshop-Cypress hosted a craft workshop where students painted on small wooden canvases and Mad Science performed different science experiments for students.

CFISD teachers helped provide interactive math instruction to students during TAP Camp. Students participated in small-group and individual instruction each day. CFISD teachers helped provide interactive math instruction to students during TAP Camp. Students participated in small-group and individual instruction each day.

TAP Camp finished with a grand finale featuring skits, performances and testimonials from students. Steve Beckhold, hall of fame Houston Texans ultimate fan, Julie Hinaman, CFISD Board member, Dr. Deborah Stewart, associate superintendent of human resources and student services, Dr. Ify Ogwumike, assistant superintendent of human resources and Irene Ruiz, director of community programs, visited students throughout TAP Camp.

AR Workshop-Cypress employees help students paint on wooden canvas during TAP Camp, held March 10-12 at the Berry Center. Mad Science also performed multiple science experiments for students. AR Workshop-Cypress employees help students paint on wooden canvas during TAP Camp, held March 10-12 at the Berry Center. Mad Science also performed multiple science experiments for students.

“I look forward to TAP Camp every year,” said Jae Simpson-Butler, director of student services. “As a principal, it was an awesome opportunity to see my students in a different light. Now the camp is an opportunity to step away from the office and build connections with students and staff. It amazes me how quickly you can build a connection and special memories with students. We only have the students for a very short time, but by the end of day three there are tearful goodbyes and hugs on both sides with memories that will last a lifetime.”

CFISD teachers, staff and volunteers helped make the three-day TAP Camp a success. TAP Camp utilized multiple district departments – curriculum and instruction, community programs, transportation, nutrition services and community engagement—to offer a fun-filled, team-building learning environment for students.CFISD teachers, staff and volunteers helped make the three-day TAP Camp a success. TAP Camp utilized multiple district departments – curriculum and instruction, community programs, transportation, nutrition services and community engagement—to offer a fun-filled, team-building learning environment for students.

The generosity of many CFISD business partners, who donated food, prizes, activities and staff lunches, helped make TAP Camp a success:

·HEB;

·Lakewood United Methodist Church;

·Bridgeland Community;

·Prime Systems;

·Bahama Buck’s;

·Sports Clips;

·Raising Cane’s;

·Star Cinema Grill;

·Sonic;

·Corky’s Ribs & Barbecue;

·The Lost Cajun;

·The Backyard Grill;

·Texas Roadhouse;

·Darleen Hadjuk, Proline Supply;

·Bessie Dycus, McCall Gibson Accounting Firm;

·Kim Hastings Agency of Farmers Insurance;

·Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union;

·Marie Holmes, Cy-Fair Education Foundation;

·Marilyn Nguyen Tellez, Sift and Swirl Baked Goods;

·Todd Burrer, Inframark;

·Kristi Graves, Unique Spirit Co.;

·Prince of Peace Mercy Center;

·Bernadette and Patrick Boyle, Prince of Peace;

·Donna Gibbon;

·Dave Wimberly;

·Mary Hamala;

·Paula Bachman;

·Polly Blume; and

·Nneka Ogwumike.

The total donations throughout the week were valued at approximately $8,500.

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