October 10, 2014

From left, Leslie Francis, CFISD director of marketing and business relations; Onica Mayers, Kirk Elementary School principal; and Stephanie Wade, EagleBurgmann health, safety and environment manager, display their Adopt-a-School certificates during an adoption celebration at Kirk on Friday.

Oct. 10, 2014—Representatives from the manufacturing company EagleBurgmann USA visited Kirk Elementary School on Friday to announce their Adopt-a-School partnership with 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.

EagleBurgmann, a worldwide manufacturer of sealing products, bases its U.S. operation in Jersey Village. The company’s “Seal Team,” which has a mission to empower employees, maintain high morale and perform community service, reached out to CFISD’s community engagement office in an effort to partner with a nearby school.

“We picked Kirk as a potential adoption because they were in close proximity to our corporate office,” said Stephanie Wade, EagleBurgmann health, safety and environment manager. “We felt we could provide them with the most support.”

EagleBurgmann representatives met with Kirk principal Onica Mayers earlier this fall to communicate expectations of the partnership.

“After meeting with Onica, we were very impressed with her vision for the school and what she expected from a corporate partner,” Wade said. “We pitched the idea to the president of EagleBurgmann US and he said, ‘Let’s do it.’”

Wade said she expects at least 50-percent participation from the approximately 80 EagleBurgmann Houston employees. Target partnership areas include volunteering, mentoring students, school supply donations, career readiness talks and staff perks.

“I made the Adopt-a-School announcement to the Seal Team maybe two to three weeks ago, and in that time there has been regular chatter throughout the facility,” Wade said. “People not on the team have come up to me and expressed interest. A lot of employees are excited and ready to get started.”

Mayers said she envisions a long-term positive relationship between Kirk and EagleBurgmann.

“We are incredibly thrilled, excited and grateful to have such a dedicated corporate partner in EagleBurgmann to support us,” Mayers said. “We know it will be a good partnership because it is clear that they have a vested interest in Kirk Elementary.”

For more information on the Adopt-a-School program, contact Leslie Francis, director for marketing and business relations, at 281-894-3951 or [email protected].

Kirk principal Onica Mayers signs an Adopt-a-School agreement between the school and manufacturing company EagleBurgmann.

Kirk Elementary School staff members celebrate their Adopt-a-School partnership with EagleBurgmann.

Stephanie Wade, health, safety and environment manager for EagleBurgmann, signs an Adopt-a-School agreement with Kirk Elementary School as Leslie Francis, CFISD director of marketing and business relations, looks on.

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