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Walmart stores adopt Woodard, Copeland elementary schools

October 20, 2016

Representatives from the Walmart Neighborhood Market at Barker-Cypress and Cypress N. Houston roads and Woodard Elementary School celebrated the store entering into an Adopt-a-School partnership with the campus on Oct. 20.
Representatives from the Walmart Neighborhood Market at Barker-Cypress and Cypress N. Houston roads and Woodard Elementary School celebrated the store entering into an Adopt-a-School partnership with the campus on Oct. 20. 

Oct. 20, 2016—Two Walmart Neighborhood Market stores along the Barker-Cypress Road corridor expanded their reach in the CFISD community by formalizing Adopt-a-School partnerships with a pair of elementary schools on Oct. 20.

The Walmart location at Barker-Cypress and Cypress N. Houston roads adopted neighboring Woodard Elementary School, while the store at Barker-Cypress and Longenbaugh roads adopted Copeland Elementary School.

The Walmart Neighborhood Market at Barker Cypress and Longenbaugh roads adopted Copeland Elementary School on Oct. 20. Pictured (front row, from left) are: Aubrey Polich, Walmart associate; Michelle Rice, Copeland principal; Kerry Williams, Walmart store manager; and Leslie Francis, director of marketing and business relations; and (back row) Lily Fanning, Copeland assistant principal; Mariah Nomura, Copeland counselor; Peggy Spackman, Copeland dyslexia/reading interventionist; and Christie Schnabel, Copeland reading interventionist.
The Walmart Neighborhood Market at Barker Cypress and Longenbaugh roads adopted Copeland Elementary School on Oct. 20. Pictured (front row, from left) are: Aubrey Polich, Walmart associate; Michelle Rice, Copeland principal; Kerry Williams, Walmart store manager; and Leslie Francis, director of marketing and business relations; and (back row) Lily Fanning, Copeland assistant principal; Mariah Nomura, Copeland counselor; Peggy Spackman, Copeland dyslexia/reading interventionist; and Christie Schnabel, Copeland reading interventionist.

CFISD’s Adopt-a-School program pairs schools with community and business partners to utilize the resources of the community to strengthen and enrich the quality of education for students.

Leslie Francis, CFISD director of marketing and business relations, orchestrated the partnerships and had campus and store representatives formalize them by signing Adopt-a-School agreements.

Alfonso Rodriguez, Walmart Neighborhood Market store manager, celebrates the store formalizing an Adopt-a-School partnership with Woodard Elementary School and Principal Susan Brenz.
Alfonso Rodriguez, Walmart Neighborhood Market store manager, celebrates the store formalizing an Adopt-a-School partnership with Woodard Elementary School and Principal Susan Brenz. 

Alfonso Rodriguez, store manager of the Cypress N. Houston location, said he had been interested in reaching out to the school since he took over his role with the retailer in March.

“Once I got the go-ahead, [Woodard] seemed like a natural fit being right across the street from us,” he said. “What better way to touch the community than watching our children grow and helping enhance their education?”

Rodriguez has encouraged the store’s 62 employees to volunteer time on the campus to support students and staff. Woodard administrators even gave Walmart associates handfuls of “Pack Cash” that they can distribute to Woodard students they see in the store displaying positive behaviors. The “cash” can then be used for incentives when the students return to school.

“It acknowledges that they are truly partnered with us,” said Susan Brenz, Woodard principal. “We want our values to be so ingrained in the school culture that it’s obvious who our kids are when they walk into the store. We appreciate the partnership with Walmart and their dedication to the community. When they have said they’ve been ‘All In,’ they have actually been ‘All In.’ Everything we’ve asked for, they’ve more than doubled it.”

Kerry Williams, Walmart Neighborhood Market store manager, signs an Adopt-a-School agreement with Copeland Elementary School as Principal Michelle Rice and other Copeland administrators look on during an Oct. 20 ceremony in the school cafeteria.
Kerry Williams, Walmart Neighborhood Market store manager, signs an Adopt-a-School agreement with Copeland Elementary School as Principal Michelle Rice and other Copeland administrators look on during an Oct. 20 ceremony in the school cafeteria. 

Kerry Williams, store manager of the Walmart at Barker Cypress and Longenbaugh roads, said he plans to continue existing partnerships with the school including Bus Buddies and donations while enhancing the impact on students.

“It’s important to me that we’re not just a business in the community, but that we’re part of the community,” Williams said. “Our associates have children that attend school here. We want to be there for students, not just while they’re at Copeland but when they go to the next middle school and high school that we partner with as well. It strengthens our business more in the community.”

The adoption was the first one for Copeland since Principal Michelle Rice arrived at the school seven years ago.

“For the longest time we have had a really great PTO, but to have another sponsor we can grow from and build with is amazing,” Rice said. “It’s all about our community growing together. With this partnership, we also plan on helping them out with our business. It’s a win-win.”

For more information on the Adopt-a-School program, contact Leslie Francis, director for marketing and business relations, at 281-894-3950 or [email protected].

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