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Dean MS, The Foundry Church establish Adopt-a-School partnership

Dean Principal Hoang Pham, center, and Ray Hughes, The Foundry Church lead pastor, hold Adopt-a-School certificates.
Dean Middle School Principal Hoang Pham, center, and Ray Hughes, The Foundry Church lead pastor, hold commemorative Adopt-a-School certificates as the campus and community partner announced on Feb. 21 they formally entered an adoption partnership. They were joined by CFISD Director of Community Engagement Dawn Tryon, second from right, The Foundry representatives and members of the Dean administration team.

Feb. 28, 2022—Representatives from The Foundry Church visited the staff at Dean Middle School on Feb. 21 to officially announce their Adopt-a-School partnership with the campus.

CFISD’s Adopt-a-School program pairs schools with community organizations and business partners to utilize resources of the community to strengthen and enrich the quality of education for students.

Dean and The Foundry formed a natural bond through staff at both locations. Sherry Baker, Dean’s director of instruction, is the sister of Theresa Fauser, an associate pastor at The Foundry.

Ray Hughes, The Foundry Church lead pastor, signs an Adopt-a-School partnership agreement.
Ray Hughes, The Foundry Church lead pastor, signs an Adopt-a-School partnership agreement after the church announced its official partnership with Dean Middle School on Feb. 21.

The school also had a previous relationship with Fairbanks United Methodist Church, which merged with The Foundry last year.

As a result, the community partner has also provided volunteers and given support to Dean staff and students.  

“It gives our people a real way to live out their faith,” said Ray Hughes, lead pastor at The Foundry Church. “That’s not just about helping the kids or helping the school, but we need each other—our church people need relationships with the community. It blesses them just as much as it blesses the school.”

Dean Middle School staff members and The Foundry Church representatives pose for a photo.
Dean Middle School staff members and The Foundry Church representatives pose for a photo after the campus and community partner announced on Feb. 21 they formally entered into an adoption partnership.

Dean Principal Hoang Pham expressed his gratitude for The Foundry and its commitment to helping play an integral part in the education process.

“I believe all schools belong to the community—it’s a collaborative effort between the district and the people we serve,” Pham said. “We are grateful to have The Foundry step in and become a part of the education process beyond the four walls of the classroom. It’s a partnership that truly does provide opportunity for all of our students, staff and the entire Dean Middle School community.”

For more information on the Adopt-a-School program, contact Dawn Tryon, director of community engagement, at 281-894-3950 or dawn.tryon@cfisd.net.