March 12, 2015
From left, Spillane Middle School eighth-grade student Ivy Seidel, Morgan Webre and Cypress Woods High School freshman Hallie Bruton plant a shrub near the marquee for Horne Elementary School as part of their weeklong spring break service project with Second Baptist Church’s Cypress campus.
With a desire to give back to the entire CFISD community, SBC–Cypress—which recently adopted Salyards Middle School and Ault Elementary School—partnered with Copperfield Home Depot store manager Stone Shi on the weeklong effort.
“We believe every student should have the same right to walk into a building they’re proud to be a part of, and a lot of that has to do with the aesthetics,” said Andrew Nix, SBC–Cypress youth pastor. “We have found that people in the community want the same thing that we want—we want our children taken care of and to experience the best. We have run into nothing but kind and generous people along the way who are willing to give and donate to help all of the children in Cypress-Fairbanks.”
More than 20 students from the SBC–Cypress youth group met at a different campus each day to work toward that goal. The volunteers served at Sheridan Elementary School on Tuesday, Horne Elementary School on Wednesday and Walker Elementary School on Thursday, and will close out the week on Friday at Cypress Lakes High School. Home Depot volunteers also served at Francone Elementary School on Thursday.
“The support we have had throughout the week has been awesome,” said Cody Jenkins, SBC–Cypress high school pastor. “Home Depot donated five pallets of mulch just at Sheridan, which is not cheap by any means. Our kids have been great working together. On Tuesday, one of our girls stopped and had a moment of self-realization and said, ‘Man, it feels great to give back.’ We try to teach them that all the time, and to see them actually live that out has been really cool.”
Horne Elementary School Principal Stephanie Thomas stopped by the school on Wednesday to see the progress of the beautification projects, which included renovating beds around the school and marquee, as well as the butterfly garden in the courtyard.
“When we were notified that Second Baptist and Home Depot developed a partnership to assist Horne Elementary School and other Cy-Fair schools, we were very excited,” Thomas said. “It is such a blessing to live and work in the Cy-Fair community where businesses, service organizations, churches and schools all work together to support our children.”
Nix said the long-term impact of the projects made the hard work throughout the week well worth the effort.
“It’s more than just service hours for these students. They have a real desire to make a difference in people’s lives,” Nix said. “This is a great way to do that in a lasting way that these students at these schools will experience for a long time.
“I keep getting excited about the thought of teachers pulling into the school early next Monday morning and seeing the difference, and it brightening up their day. I know they’re going to experience that, and that made every minute, every hour of what we did worth it.”
From left, Cypress Falls High School senior Jackie Miranda, Cypress Woods freshman Sean Duffie, Anthony Middle School sixth-grade student Rene Miranda and Second Baptist high school associate pastor Brent Cummings work to beautify a flower bed beside Horne Elementary School on March 11.
Anthony sixth-grade student Rene Miranda places a rose bush in the flower bed at Horne Elementary School.
Horne Elementary School Principal Stephanie Thomas points out some of the areas in need of help in the butterfly garden to Second Baptist Church Cypress staff members Andrew Nix, Drew Clayton and Cody Jenkins.
Spillane eighth-grade student Ivy Seidel, Katy Bell and Cypress Woods freshman Hallie Bruton distribute mulch in the beds in front of Horne Elementary School.
Second Baptist–Cypress youth girls’ associate pastor Callie Clayton works with Cypress Falls senior Jackie Miranda to get rid of weeds in the flower beds at Horne Elementary School.
Second Baptist–Cypress worked to beautify the exterior of Sheridan Elementary School on March 10.
A renovated flower bed in front of Sheridan Elementary School helps improve the visual aesthetic of the campus.