Bridgeland and New Homeowners Raise Funds for Local Charities

Bridgeland raised record funds for local charities during its Spring Giving Campaign. The community pledged a donation of $1,000 for each home purchased on behalf of buyers to one of the designated charities of their choice: Cy-Hope, Cy-Fair Educational Foundation and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Bridgeland shared the joy of giving with new residents by giving them the opportunity to choose the recipient charity, incorporating them into the fabric of the greater Cypress community.

Shield Bearer Names New Executive Director

Thad Cardine was named the new Shield Bearer executive director and began serving the organization in mid-July. Thad moved his family from Virginia to Texas four years ago when he felt compelled to return to the nonprofit/ministerial sector of work. He has been active in a variety of nonprofits and religious ministries throughout his young and adult life, working in domestic violence shelters, inner-city homeless missions and with Cambodian refugees. He was involved in the cleanup of the Exxon-Valdez oil spill in Alaska. Thad has been active in church ministries, teaching C.C.E. and the Knights of Columbus. He became a Master Catechist through the Arlington Diocese of Virginia in 2009.

New Scholarships for In-Demand Cyber-Security and App Development Careers

If you are interested in a career earning approximately $86,000 and projected to grow 13% by 2026, Lone Star College – Westway Park Technology Center offers two programs and two new scholarships to help fund your training. Students enrolling in the Cyber-Security or the Mobile/Web Application Development programs can also apply one of the Office of Technology Services (OTS) endowments scholarships. Two inaugural recipients will each be awarded $1,000 scholarships for the spring 2020 semester.

CFISD Named 2019 ICLE National Innovative District

Cypress-Fairbanks ISD is among eight districts nationwide to be named a 2019 National Innovative District for sustaining excellence by the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) at the 2019 Model Schools Conference held in Washington, DC. Criteria for being selected includes being student-focused, being future-forward, having a supportive culture, and a commitment to communication, public relations, branding and diversity. Thornton Middle School was also named an ICLE national model middle school for positive campus culture and climate.

Save the Date: Wild West Casino Night Benefiting Inspiring Possibilities

Support Inspiring Possibilities at while enjoying a fun night out! The event on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 6– 11 p.m., All-Star Martial Arts, includes casino tables, a buffet and bar, dancing, live and silent auctions, games, a costume contest and more. There will also be a Grand Prize for the Texas Hold’em tournament. Inspiring Possibilities’ mission is to develop empowering connections between martial arts and individual goals that encourage confidence and physical fitness in the lives of individuals with special needs. Sponsorships are available. Visit and for details.

Three CFISD Students Selected for the 2019-2020 Houston Youth Symphony

CFISD students Romir Adkar, a rising eighth grade student at Smith Middle School; and Rohil Watwe and Anika Adkar, rising freshman and sophomore students at Bridgeland High School; were among 400 musicians selected to play in the Houston Youth Symphony for the 2019-2020 season. Rohil, Romir and Anika will all be part of the Debut String Orchestra, which is under the direction of Dr. Jackson Guillen and provides foundational experience for developing string players. Concerts are scheduled for the Debut String Orchestra (Nov. 3, 2019; Feb. 9 and May 3, 2020).

Boots 4 Troops Concert in the Country 2019

Save the Date for the Second Annual Boots 4 Troops Benefit Saturday, Sept. 5, from noon–11 p.m. The event features six entertainers, including headliner Tracy Lawrence and Montgomery County favorite Josh Ward. The event also includes a barbecue cook-off, festive foods, vendors, cornhole, activities and fun for the whole family. Proceeds help fund Boots 4 Troops programs, including custom care packages for our soldiers deployed overseas and travel assistance for soldiers to take leave for the holidays, special occasions or emergencies.