October 7, 2016

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From left, Dr. Seelpa Keshvala, Lone Star College—CyFair president; Dr. José Martinez, Watkins Middle School principal; and Leslie Francis, CFISD director of marketing and business relations; celebrate an Adopt-a-School partnership between LSC—CyFair and Watkins on Oct. 5.

Oct. 6, 2016—Representatives from Lone Star College—CyFair came to Watkins Middle School on Oct. 5 bearing gifts: cupcakes, school supplies and the announcement that the college would be “adopting” the campus.

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.

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Dr. Seelpa Keshvala, Lone Star College—CyFair president, speaks to Watkins Middle School eighth-grade students about why the college chose to “adopt” the CFISD secondary campus.

LSC—CyFair President Dr. Seelpa Keshvala and Watkins Principal Dr. José Martinez both signed an Adopt-a-School agreement at the ceremony, arranged by Leslie Francis, CFISD director of marketing and business relations.

Dr. Keshvala said that Lone Star faculty and staff plan to get involved at Watkins with mentoring, tutoring, advising the robotics club, serving as journal pals and offering staff appreciation events.

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Michelle Tran, Lone Star College—CyFair executive director of college relations, distributes school supplies to Watkins Middle School students during the Adopt-a-School celebration on Oct. 5.

“We have a team of folks who really want to serve in the community because of that human capital resource,” she said. “We want to branch out more and help our community be better, and one way to do that is here in the schools. We know that mentoring has been linked to student success, and that is definitely one of the ways we want to be involved.”

Dr. Martinez said the partnership will allow LSC—CyFair to contribute to planting seeds in the young Bulldogs’ lives.

“We often talk about how, as a middle school, we don’t necessarily see the end product after students leave our campus. But we also talk about how, when you plant seeds at the middle school level, they have a greater chance of blooming,” Dr. Martinez said. “When you do it here in an environment that is very student-centered and you’re making the best decisions for a child, they remember that. For those individual students who have the opportunity to work with personnel from Lone Star, they’ll be able to look back 10 years down the road and say it was because of this. It gave me some ideas of what it was to be an engineer, teacher, or whatever it may be.”

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Lone Star College—CyFair representatives display their new Watkins Middle School t-shirts during the school adoption ceremony on Oct. 5. Pictured, from left, are Dr. Bennie Lambert, vice president of student success; Michelle Tran, executive director of college relations; Tricia Limon, office of college relations; Chris Dudley, manager of student outreach and recruitment; and Dr. Seelpa Keshvala, president. 

Dr. Keshvala said that the partnership will help bolster a college-ready climate at Watkins, giving students a familiarity with life after secondary school.

“By us being a support to the school, we’re able to create a mindset that college is something that’s attainable and in their future,” she said. “It gives me goosebumps to think that these kids are going to see college as part of their future and we can help bridge that.”

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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