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Cy Woods HS donates $3,000 to Texas Children’s Heart Center

Cy Woods HS students and staff raised $3,000 to the Texas Children’s Heart Center.
Cypress Woods High School Head Football Coach Cody Simper and Principal Gary Kinninger, displaying check in gray, and the varsity cheerleaders present a check worth $3,000 to the Texas Children’s Heart Center during the football team’s season opener on Aug. 27. Accepting the check was Priscilla Reid, center, a pediatric nurse practitioner at Texas Children’s Hospital. (By Raiden Bailey, Cypress Woods HS)

By Regan Grant, Cypress Woods HS

Sept. 13, 2021—Cypress Woods High School students and staff came together and helped raise $3,000 during the school’s annual Crimson Out Pep Rally and presented a check to the Texas Children’s Heart Center at the football team’s season-opening game, Aug. 27 at Cy-Fair FCU Stadium.

The Cypress Woods cheerleaders put together the fundraiser. They encouraged their fellow students to purchase wristbands, which sold for $3 each, for entry to the pep rally, held the morning of gameday.

“We told students that the money was going to a good cause,” said Kelvin Pickett, varsity cheer captain. “If they went to the pep rally, they were able to get out of class and have a good time while doing it.”

The check was presented at the football game and accepted by Priscilla Reid, a pediatric nurse practitioner who has worked for Texas Children’s Hospital for more than 20 years.

“I was beyond thrilled and very honored to be asked to accept the check,” she said. “When the heart center found out about the donation that Cy Woods was making, they were more than elated and very honored that Cy Woods chose the heart center to accept the money.”

The Texas Children's Heart Center plans to use the funds to support education, research, new programs and patients in need.

“It is such a blessing to be able to contribute to helping the research and treatment of children with heart issues,” said Lemanda Singletary, Cypress Woods cheerleading coach.

Added Reid: “We have the No. 1 heart center in the nation in our backyard, so to have the support of the Cypress community is really humbling for us.”