November 4, 2014
Truitt Middle School and the Bayou City Fellowship Cypress campus celebrate their Adopt-a-School partnership on Nov. 3. Pictured, from, left are Teresa Baranowski, Truitt principal; Leslie Francis, CFISD director of marketing and business relations; Amanda Jones, wife of Bayou City Fellowship pastor Curtis Jones; and Christa Freyhof, Bayou City Fellowship mobilization pastor.
Nov. 4, 2014—Representatives from the Cypress campus of Bayou City Fellowship visited the Truitt Middle School staff meeting on Monday, Nov. 3 to formalize their Adopt-a-School partnership with the school.
The faith-based organization, which serves approximately 2,000 members and visitors at its two Houston campuses, has operated the Cypress campus out of the Northwest Forest Conference Center for less than a year. Church leaders cemented the school partnership through CFISD’s community engagement department after a Truitt staff member reached out to them.
“I have a relationship with one of the staff members here, and she reached out and asked if we would be interested in doing a partnership,” said Christa Freyhof, mobilization pastor for Cypress Bayou City Fellowship. “We thought it made the most sense to do it here in Cypress since that is where our church is. We are very excited. We have been waiting for opportunities to invest in our own community and build a bridge, and this is an opportunity to do that.”
Amanda Jones, wife of Bayou City Fellowship Pastor Curtis Jones, has a unique connection to Truitt – she attended the school from 1991-1994 before going on to graduate from Cypress Falls High School.
“Since I attended Truitt in middle school, it seemed like such an amazing opportunity and meant a lot to us personally,” Jones said. “When I was here it was very new, but it looks just like I remembered. I am a sentimental person and it means the world to me to get to have this opportunity.”
Jones and Freyhof said that, while they aren’t certain about everything the partnership has in store, they anticipate encouraging and supporting the staff and reaching out to students through the mentoring program.
Truitt Principal Teresa Baranowski said she looks forward to the possibilities the partnership will afford.
“The excitement has been bubbling,” she said. “We want to spoil the teachers and do some great things for the students – it may be simple or bigger things, but we are anticipating working with them.”
Jones said that Bayou City Fellowship, which has a partnership with a Spring Branch ISD school at its main campus, is eager to make a footprint in its Cypress home – where she can build upon the fond memories she made as a Truitt student.
“This is a very special school,” she said. “When I was here, it was really a gift in my life to have those years among a diverse student population. I am really excited to be back in that environment, and we thank Truitt for opening their arms to us.”
The Adopt-a-School program has resulted in more than half of CFISD’s 86 campuses being “adopted.” For more information on the program, contact Leslie Francis, director of marketing and business relations, at 281-894-3951 or [email protected] .
Bayou City Fellowship Cypress campus mobilization pastor Christa Freyhof thanks the Truitt Middle School family for the opportunity to adopt them during Truitt’s staff meeting on Nov. 3.
Bayou City Fellowship members gather with Truitt Principal Teresa Baranowski and Leslie Francis, director of marketing and business relations, after formalizing the adoption.
Truitt Principal Teresa Baranowski signs an adoption agreement form to formalize the Adopt-a-School partnership between the middle school and Bayou City Fellowship’s Cypress campus.