October 3, 2016
Members of the Cypress Falls High School football team escorted members of the Grace Care Center of Cypress across the intersection of Huffmeister and Tuckerton to the annual Fall pep rally.
Oct. 3, 2016—In partnership with the CFISD police department, the Cypress Falls High School football team escorted eight residents of the post-acute skilled rehabilitation and nursing center, Grace Care Center of Cypress, across the intersection of Huffmeister and Tuckerton roads to the Cypress Falls auxiliary gym for their annual fall pep rally on Sept. 30.
The pep rally was set to recognize the end of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and usher in Breast Cancer Awareness Month and later included the Grace Care Center residents as a part of the football team’s first Unity Service Day.
Grace Care Center of Cypress residents enjoy spirited performances by Cypress Falls High School dance teams, cheerleaders and band from the front row.
“This was a special pep rally,” said Kyle Parsons, Cypress Falls associate principal. “As a part of this community, we feel it is our role to take care of and celebrate everybody the best way we can.”
Grace Care Center residents watched from the front row as Cypress Falls dance teams, cheerleaders and band rallied the student body. One resident was able to enjoy not only the company of the students, but also the company of her family. Sandra Logback, mother of Derek Logback and grandmother of Hunter Logback, both Cypress Falls science teachers and football coaches, was escorted by her son to the pep rally.
“It is such a great thing that when we say ‘we are one’ we mean ‘we are family,’” said Logback. “I’m blessed to be able to embody that today.”
The Logback family (from left, Michelle Logback, Lamkin Elementary School instructional specialist; Sandra Logback, resident at Grace Care Center of Cypress; Derek Logback, Cypress Falls science teacher and football coach; and Hunter Logback, Cypress Falls science teacher and football coach) enjoy time with their Cypress Falls family at the annual Fall pep rally on Sept. 30.
Students donated $1 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to attend the pep rally as a way to support and bring awareness to childhood cancer. Students also wore pink to support their upcoming “Pink Out” football game as a part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The Cypress Falls mantra, “We Are One,” echoed through the gym during the pep rally, but one especially loud and spirited shout rang out when young cancer survivor Eden Green started the chant.
“I was nervous at first,” said Green. “But after the first ‘we are one,’ I wasn’t nervous anymore.”
Following the pep rally, members of the Cypress Falls football team escorted the Grace Care Center residents back across the street where they participated in karaoke with the residents.
Cypress Falls head varsity football coach Kirk Eaton accompanies long-time friend of Cypress Falls and childhood cancer survivor Eden Green to chant “we are one” with the student body.
“I think it means a lot. Not just to the residents, but to our players,” said Kirk Eaton, Cypress Falls head varsity football coach. “We’ll definitely be coming back.”