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Around Cy-Fair – January 2018

| January 1, 2018


Maybelline Forbes Carpenter

Former Longtime Educator Recognized at Carpenter Center Dedication

The CFISD community gathered Nov. 12 to celebrate the namesake of the district’s Adaptive Behavior Center at the dedication ceremony for the Maybelline Forbes Carpenter Center.

The campus is named in honor of longtime CFISD educator Maybelline Forbes Carpenter, who spent 36 of her 42 years in education in CFISD before retiring from the district in December 2014.

Carpenter began her career teaching in her hometown of Bolivar, Tennessee at the Western State Mental Institute where she taught emotionally disturbed children and youth for one year. The next year, she became the evening director.

Carpenter then moved and spent two years in the Memphis City School System before she and her husband relocated to Houston. She joined Houston Independent School District and continued teaching students with special needs.

On a recommendation from a friend, Carpenter interviewed with CFISD and went on to spend the next 36 years as a teacher at the Clara Scott Learning Scott, later renamed the Adaptive Behavior Center. Carpenter was named a supervisor in 1983 and promoted to director in 1992.

“Those kids that didn’t have a voice that needed a spokesperson, that needed a mommy, an aunt, a cheerleader, she was the one that could do that,” said Dr. Deborah Stewart, associate superintendent for human resources and student services.

Added Carpenter Center Director Chad Perry: “She worked tirelessly on their behalf and thousands of students have benefitted from her leadership. Having the center renamed the Maybelline Forbes Carpenter Center is a capstone to a long and fruitful career. It is an honor and a privilege to be the director here.”

The dedication program included opening remarks and introductions from Perry and CFISD Superintendent Dr. Mark Henry. The Greater New Solomon Temple Church of God in Christ Praise Dancers, under the direction of Soror S. Landry, performed for guests and attendees, before guest speakers Angela King, Jordan Forbes Carpenter and Dr. Cheryl Salyards addressed the crowd. Following a video tribute created by CFISD Cinema staff, Board President Darcy Mingoia proclaimed the dedication to Carpenter, who closed with an acknowledgement.

“My parents are no longer living but they would be the proudest of this moment,” Carpenter said. “And they would appreciate this more than I do because we grew up on a farm. They always wanted the best for my sisters and me, and to see your name on a building would be quite special.”


Dr. Mark Henry, CFISD superintendent, and Board President Darcy Mingoia unveil a portrait of Maybelline Carpenter.


Maybelline Forbes Carpenter (right), with Darcy Mingoia, board president, after Mingoia read a proclamation at the dedication.


Jordan Forbes Carpenter, son of Maybelline Forbes Carpenter, speaks at the dedication ceremony.


The Praise Dancers from Greater New Solomon Temple Church of God in Christ perform during a dedication for the Maybelline Forbes Carpenter Center.


Employees of Memorial Hermann Cypress with some of the gifts they distributed at the Holiday Hearts event.

Employees of Memorial Hermann Cypress with some of the gifts they distributed at the Holiday Hearts event.

Memorial Hermann Cypress Employees Participate in Holiday Hearts Program

Santa had special gifts for dozens of children in the Cy-Fair community, thanks to employees at Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital. Employees participated in Langham Creek YMCA’s Holiday Hearts program, which involved selecting holiday hearts off the giving tree and purchasing a gift for that child. Those gifts were distributed at a breakfast with Santa at the Langham Creek YMCA over the weekend of Dec. 8.


Cypress-Woodlands Junior Forum members volunteered and serviced the program.

Cypress-Woodlands Junior Forum members volunteered and serviced the program.

Cypress-Woodlands Junior Forum Participates in “A Salute to Our Veterans”

“A Salute to our Veterans” was the theme for 162 guests recently at a Forum Friends luncheon held in Lakewood United Methodist Church. A large number of veterans were in attendance. Jim Connors, long-time Astros organist, entertained everyone with oldies music and patriotic songs to honor veterans. The signature program meets in local area churches and other locations with Cypress-Woodlands Junior Forum (CWJF) members providing free entertainment and lunch.

CWJF is an organization of women providing volunteer services, leadership and philanthropy to enrich the communities in North Harris and South Montgomery County. CWJF partners with agencies, schools and corporations to fulfill identified needs in education, interaction with an aging population and support for people with disabilities. CWJF is a nonprofit assistance organization and a recognized chapter of Junior Forum, Inc. For more information on joining or to donate, call 281-379-1391 or visit cwjuniorforum.org.


(L-R): Paula Burns, Shield Bearer board of directors; Hilary Sherrer, The Landing; and Esther Halford, Shield Bearer board of directors.

(L-R): Paula Burns, Shield Bearer board of directors; Hilary Sherrer, The Landing; and Esther Halford, Shield Bearer board of directors.

Shield Bearer Announces 2017 Celebration of Hope Award Winners

Shield Bearer, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to hope and healing for survivors of trauma including Hurricane Harvey, human trafficking, abuse, domestic violence, crime, and war, has announced the 2017 Celebration of Hope Award Winners. These award winners played a significant role in forwarding the mission of Shield Bearer in 2017:

Business Partner of the Year: Louetta Automo­tive  (Steve Mathis accepting)

Community Organization Partner of the Year: American Business Women’s Association ­– Local networks ABWACy-Fair Express Network and ABWA Women Empowering Women Express Network (Cathy Pouciau and Carrie Morrison accepting)

Church Partner of the Year: Lifepath Church (Elliot Scott accepting)

Ministry Partner of the Year: The Landing  (Hilary Sherrer accepting)

Ambassadors of the Year: Kijana and Trent Spradley

Awardees were honored  Oct. 11 at the Shield Bearer Celebration of Hope Dinner and Awards Banquet at Bammel Church of Christ. The event was sponsored by Toney Construction Services, Halford Busby Construction Consultants, Resale with a Purpose, Lindsay’s Light, and Insurance One. Supporters raised $100,000, which will be used to supplement professional counseling services and programs for the many individuals and families in the community who are unable to afford them. For more information, visit shieldbearer.org or call 281-894-7222.



(L-R): Sgt. Heath Hawley, Chief Eric Mendez and Lt. Joseph Sanders.


CFISD Police Officer Roger Muffley welcomes Willie’s patrons.


CFISD Police Officer Marvin Harris wipes down a table during the “Tip a Cop” event.


CFISD Police Sgt. Paul Poulton explains the “Tip a Cop” fundraiser to customers at Willie’s Grill & Icehouse.


CFISD Police Officer Amanda Clemons greets customers at Willie’s Grill & Icehouse during the “Tip a Cop” fundraiser.

CFPD Raises $2,000 for Texas Children’s Hospital Through “Tip a Cop” Event

CFISD police officers joined Willie’s Grill & Icehouse at Hwy. 290 and Barker Cypress in raising more than $2,000 for patients at Texas Children’s Hospital through the inaugural “Tip a Cop” fundraiser on Nov. 27. Dozens of officers worked at the restaurant from 4-9 p.m., shadowing servers and giving customers the option of leaving an extra “tip” for the department that would support a holiday giving effort.

CFPD officers have been planning the event in conjunction with the University of Houston-Downtown and the Cypress Woods High School PALs club. UH-D donated stockings, stocking stuffers and poster board to the department, which officers plan to supplement by purchasing additional materials to complete the stockings.

The Cypress Woods PALs planned to assemble the stockings and decorate and personalize the poster board, which CFPD officers are delivering to children receiving treatment at the hospital throughout the holidays. Remaining funds will be donated as a lump sum to Texas Children’s.

Willie’s patrons gave a total of $2,061.14 at the “Tip a Cop” event. The funds will be added to the officers’  personal donations from “No Shave November” and “Goatee December,” which is a little more than $2,000 and climbing. Due to the generosity of the CFISD community and officers, the department will have at least $4,000 to give back to Texas Children’s.

“The ‘Tip a Cop’ event at Willie’s Grill & Icehouse was an awesome event,” said Eric Mendez, CFISD chief of police. “I am extremely proud of the men and women of the CFISD police department for wanting to make a difference in the community and finding a worthy cause to donate to. The officers did an awesome job taking on the event and working with the staff from Willie’s to raise money for Texas Children’s Hospital. I am very fortunate to be a part of a wonderful department and school district.”

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