Teen Leadership Students Help ‘Pick Up the Tab’ for Local Families

November 17, 2015


Hopper Middle School students proudly display their collection of soda tabs for the Ronald McDonald House Charity project. Pictured (front row, L-R) are: Jacob Hearen and Dylan Suarez; and (back row) Reynol Vazquez, Craig Lowe, Billy Myers, Elizyah Bradford and Eriqka Grant.

Nov. 17, 2015—CFISD Teen Leadership programs from area middle and high schools participated in a district-wide initiative to collect soda tabs for the Houston area Ronald McDonald House Charity (RMHC).  

Partnering with campus groups, as well as local community organizations, students collected more than 500 pounds of aluminum soda tabs over a month-long period.

“They were working really hard; collecting at lunch, and other times during the day,” said Amanda Moreno, Cypress Ridge Teen Leadership teacher.

The collection amounted to more than 633,000 aluminum tabs that were collected by students, which will in turn be recycled. When asked about the impact the project had on his classes, Cypress Woods teacher Marcus Romanelli said, “the kids were really into it and everyone got involved.”        


Cypress Woods High School Teen Leadership students collected more than 240 pounds of soda tabs for the Ronald McDonald House Charity.

The funds generated from the tabs will go to help support the continued mission of the RMHC, which is to provide a “home away from home” for families as their children receive treatment for serious illnesses and/or injuries. The RMHC, due to the generosity of donors and volunteers such as CFISD’s Teen Leadership students, are able to provide accommodations at little or no cost to the families.

“I am incredibly thankful to the students who embraced this service project, and to their teachers for their commitment to educating their students about the importance of philanthropic activities such as this,” said Timothy Estelle, Teen Leadership coordinator.

CFISD’s Teen Leadership program is an activity-oriented course that emphasizes leadership, personal responsibility and business skills. Students learn appropriate and effective techniques necessary to enhance self-concept and build healthy relationships, while also learning about emotional intelligence through self-awareness, self-control, self-motivation and social skills.

For more information on the Ronald McDonald House charity, please visit their website at http://www.rmhc.org.

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