Year-long outreach impacts Lieder Elementary School

Lieder kids at Fire Academy

Trying on fire gear

Fire Academy is cool!

Fire Academy training
Lieder Elementary School students and staff have been smiling all year thanks to Lone Star College-CyFair’s community outreach efforts from a school supply drive to a $3,200 check donation for playground equipment.

Last fall, the 2010-2011 Student Ambassadors chose to adopt Lieder Elementary, a Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District FISD Title I school, meaning 80% or more students are on free or reduced lunch.

“This year’s adopt-a-school project was very heartwarming after we got to meet the students and see exactly what all of our efforts were going for, which was a brighter future for tomorrow’s leaders,” said Stacy Walston, one of 15 LSC-CyFair student ambassadors.

Opportunities to help those future leaders began in the fall semester with a school supply drive and several LSC-CyFair staff volunteering to participate in CFISD’s Bus Buddies program as well as mentor students in need of a little extra help with schoolwork.

By the spring semester, the Tennis Team joined efforts with players volunteering to introduce the game of tennis to more than 300 Lieder students. In addition, this team not only donated $500 worth of equipment, such as 52 racquets, 60 foam tennis balls and a quick start net, but they also used money from voluntary team dues to purchase equipment for the school.

Throughout this past year, the ambassadors held several campus fund-raising efforts earmarked for new Lieder playground equipment since nearly all of their equipment was condemned and removed over the summer.

With a fund-raising theme of “Lieder Leopards Need to Play,” the ambassadors held two semester cupcake sales and a raffle. In April, LSC-CyFair College Relations Director Michelle Tran, Student Ambassador Coordinator Rachel Valle and the student ambassadors presented Lieder Elementary School checks totaling nearly $3,200.

In a college-wide announcement, Tran passed on Lieder Vice Principal Al Brien’s thanks to everyone at LSC-CyFair from those who donated time and/or money to President Dr. Audre Levy who visited with Lieder students. Brien also said Lieder “students are excited about college now and the connections being made are worth their weight in gold.”

As the academic year came to a close this May, LSC-CyFair provided one more opportunity to get elementary school children thinking about college. Approximately 200 fourth-graders toured the Barker Cypress campus from the Center for the Arts to the Advanced Manufacturing Center to the children’s library. They also observed and visited student fire fighter cadets at the Emergency Services Education Center as well as participated in a question and answer session with Dean Ted Lewis and Vice President for Student Learning Dr. Feleccia Moore-Davis.

For information on LSC-CyFair’s youth programs, such as the library’s Summer Reading Program or Discovery College, go to Lone Star.edu. For information on the college’s Student Ambassador Program, go to LoneStar.edu/student-ambassadors.