CYPRESS — Throughout the month of November, a number of CFISD departments and campuses served others in collecting, providing, donating and delivering food, clothing and other items to students and families in need.

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Dr. Deborah Stewart (right), associate superintendent for human resources and student services, and Liz Salazar (center), Gleason Elementary School counselor, pose with Darryl Bush, a CFISD volunteer and community youth service specialist at Woodard Elementary School and Cypress Ranch High School, as the three helped load cars with Thanksgiving meals Nov. 16. The Student Services/Families in Transition program provides and delivers 50 meals to students and families who qualify as homeless.
Dr. Deborah Stewart (right), associate superintendent for human resources and student services, and Liz Salazar (center), Gleason Elementary School counselor, pose with Darryl Bush, a CFISD volunteer and community youth service specialist at Woodard Elementary School and Cypress Ranch High School, as the three helped load cars with Thanksgiving meals Nov. 16. The Student Services/Families in Transition program provides and delivers 50 meals to students and families who qualify as homeless.

Among those to participate was the Student Services Department and members of the Student Services/Families in Transition program, which carried out its 10-year tradition of working with community partners and donors to provide and deliver meals to students and families who qualify as homeless. Fifty meals were assembled Nov. 16 with each containing a turkey, stuffing, chicken broth, mashed potatoes, green beans, gravy, yams, vegetables, cake mix and frosting.

: Rashalyn Wiggins, Thornton Middle School counselor, holds a box of food during a drive put together in partnership with the campus and The MET Church. Numerous food items were made available to Thornton families in need.
Rashalyn Wiggins, Thornton Middle School counselor, holds a box of food during a drive put together in partnership with the campus and The MET Church. Numerous food items were made available to Thornton families in need.

Due to an outpouring of support from donors, larger families received a second bag of groceries to add to their Thanksgiving meals.

The following community and business partners helped make the meals possible:

  • Kroger;
  • H-E-B;
  • Food Town;
  • the Katy-Prairie View Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc.; and
  • the Eta Delta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.

Volunteers from across the school district made their way to the Instructional Support Center, picking up the meals to deliver them to students and their families at the various campuses.

The Student Services/Families in Transition program provided and delivered 50 meals to CFISD students and families who qualify as homeless on Nov. 16. Volunteers from across the district drove to the Instructional Support Center to pick up the meals, which were individually labeled and included a personalized card from the Student Services Department.

“Families were thrilled and full of gratitude for the efforts demonstrated by CFISD and the community to make their Thanksgiving extra special,” said Dr. Jae Simpson-Butler, director of student services. “Because of our sponsors, this event was hugely successful.”

Students from Cypress Ridge and Cypress Springs high schools and Aragon Middle School’s Young Ladies in Positive Action (YLPA) and Young Men for Positive Action (YMPA) organizations volunteered on Nov. 17 at the Houston Food Bank. The students helped pack more than 5,100 backpacks with food in support of Cy-Hope and its Backpack Program.

Cy-Fair High School staff collected food and Thanksgiving baskets which were donated to families in need.

Students and families at Sheridan Elementary School collected more than 2,000 items that were donated to Cypress Assistance Ministries on Nov. 16.

Hamilton Middle School completed a food drive on Nov. 15. Coordinated by the school’s student council, Hamilton students collected approximately 1,800 food items.

Cy-Fair High School Principal Ana Martin stands in front of Thanksgiving baskets put together and donated by campus staff. The baskets were donated to identified families in need.
Cy-Fair High School Principal Ana Martin stands in front of Thanksgiving baskets put together and donated by campus staff. The baskets were donated to identified families in need.

Kahla Middle School worked with community and business partners (Walmart, H-E-B, Kroger) to provide Thanksgiving meals to families. In addition, High Definition Barbershop provided gift cards and haircuts for six families.

Students and families at Bang Elementary School participated in a “SockTober” drive during November. The campus collected nearly 200 pairs of new socks for the Mission of Yahweh.

Thornton Middle School counselors Rashalyn Wiggins, Rebekah Jernberg and Pamela Broussard worked with faith-based partner The MET Church in organizing food donations for Thornton families in need.

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