Nearly 200 volunteers participate in 2022 Bus Buddies program


    Nearly 200 volunteers participate in 2022 Bus Buddies program

    Sept. 6, 2022—A total of 180 community volunteers assisted CFISD bus riders in safely reaching their proper drop-off points as part of the CFISD Bus Buddies program, Aug. 22-23.

    Bus Buddies rode CFISD school buses from 2:45-5 p.m. on the first two days of school, assisting bus drivers as they transport students home. Nearly 275 routes were covered by volunteers, while all but four elementary schools had at least one registered Bus Buddy.


    “Being a Bus Buddy is a very special way to support our school district on the first few days of school,” said Julie Hinaman, Board of Trustees vice president, who volunteered at Duryea, Holmsley and Lowery elementary schools. “We get to ride with our bus drivers and support our littlest learners as they get off the bus, making sure they get off at the right stop and that they’ve ended their day in a great way.”

    Added Board of Trustees President Tom Jackson, who volunteered at Fiest Elementary School: “One of the nice things about being a Bus Buddy is you give reassurance to the students who are brand new to riding that bus.”

    In addition to community volunteers, 56 businesses, organizations and departments participated in the program. The following partners came together to establish another successful year:

    Alltex Welding Supplies America’s ER + Urgent Care
    Baker-Foreman Team Caldwell Companies
    Calvary Community Church Calvert Community Church
    CFISD Board of Trustees CFISD Communication
    CFISD Community Programs CFISD Community Leadership Committee
    CFISD Nutrition Services CFISD School Leadership
    CoHeart Support Services Copperfield Church
    Cornerstone United Methodist Church Creekwood Grill
    Cy-Fair Chamber of Commerce Cy-Fair Educational Foundation
    Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union Cy-FARE
    Cy-Hope Edward Jones Investments – Rob Brotemarkle
    Equitable Advisors Fish Window Cleaning
    Foundry United Methodist Church Girl Scouts of San Jacinto
    H-E-B Highland Homes
    JV Hair Salon Lakewood United Methodist Church
    Lodestar Consulting LoneStar College
    Mary Kay Mathnasium
    Memorial Hermann Cypress Messiah Lutheran Church
    Outback Steakhouse PBK Architects
    PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers
    RE/MAX Signature Real Estate Alliance LGBTQ+
    Region 4 ESC Retirement Education Partners
    Shield Bearer Counseling Center Shoot 360 Basketball
    Smile Doctors Sysco Foods
    TD Synnex Texas Civic Alliance
    Texas Tutor Team The Jaeggi Team Realtors
    Walker Dunlop Walzel Properties – Alexia Thornton

    “Our Bus Buddy volunteers continue to bring out the best in our community,” said Dawn Tryon, CFISD director of community engagement. “It’s a joy to see community volunteers connect with students and our dedicated bus drivers to help ensure our youngest students arrive home safely. Join us next year by serving as a Bus Buddy for one of our 57 elementary campuses. Your smile and presence are simply the best!”

    The Bus Buddies program is an annual partnership between the CFISD transportation and community engagement departments. Learn more at

    Bus Buddies 1: Christine Dawson with Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital welcomes a young McGown Elementary School bus rider on the first day of school, Aug. 22.

    Bus Buddies 2: Debbie Blackshear, CFISD Board of Trustees member, smiles alongside Danish Elementary School second grade student Matthew Sandoval before helping him and fellow Danish students board the bus on Aug. 22.

    Bus Buddies 3: Representatives from H-E-B and PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans join other volunteers as Bus Buddies at Rennell Elementary School. A total of 180 community volunteers assisted CFISD bus riders during the first two days of classes.

    Bus Buddies 4: Annie Morris with Outback Steakhouse assists Lowery Elementary School Aide Wanda Orellana in welcoming young bus riders on the first day of school, Aug. 22.

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