Category Archives: Cypress-Fairbanks ISD

One of Cy-Fair Educational Foundation’s most popular and exciting events is turning twenty years old this year! Join CFEF on October 19, 2017, to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Salute to the Stars.


‘Salute to the Stars’ is an annual recognition of Cy-Fair ISD’s very best teachers and a special way to honor their hard work. One teacher from every campus is selected for recognition as representing a unique balance of skill, art, and heart. Since its inception in 1998, the Salute to the Stars event has raised almost $3 million for Foundation programs.


Salute to the Stars Grows


Salute to the Stars gets bigger and better each year, and 2017 is no exception. This year the event will be moving to the Berry Center Arena to accommodate the opening of three new schools and recognition of four para educators and support staff.


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Sponsorship Opportunities


Show your support for CFEF and Cy-Fair ISD teachers! There are many sponsorship opportunities for Salute to the Stars for individuals and businesses.


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In this blog, we will take a look at Donald Thornton’s legacy and the impact he had on the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation.


Donald dedicated his life to education and to the Cy-Fair community. From September 1964 to 1991, he served in the CFISD for 28 years as a teacher, coach, Associate Superintendent, and Superintendent. Donald was Superintendent from 1986 to 1991. One of Donald’s important responsibilities during his time with CFISD was figuring out how to apply for large sums of federal money. At the time, school districts had just become eligible to receive the funds.CFEF Legacy Trustee Donald Thornton


Donald also contributed greatly to the CFEF. He became a Board Member in 1982 and served in that role for close to ten years. He retired from the Superintendent position, and the CFEF Board, in 1991. Two years later, Thornton Middle School opened in his honor. Both Donald and his wife, Dixie, were well-respected, dedicated employees of CFISD who helped to shape the direction of the school district.


Regarding his thoughts on the CFEF, Donald noted that the organization has grown and adapted to CFISD’s size and needs. He was enormously impressed with the amount of scholarship funding raised through CFEF on an annual basis to keep pace with the rising cost of education and the growing need for student scholarships and teacher grants. “They have carried it further than [CFEF’s] founders and I could even envision,” Donald said. “CFEF started out raising money for one scholarship a year, which was great, but now it raises far beyond what we imagined. The Foundation has exceeded our expectations.”


Donald Thornton passed away on March 31, 2016. We are grateful for the significant contributions Donald made to the CFEF and to the Cy-Fair community during his life. To stay up-to-date on everything happening at the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation, make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn!  Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Future!

With the B.F. Adam Golf Classic on the books, we turn our attention to our next big fundraising event of the year: Salute to the Stars.  Thursday, October 13th at 7:00 P.M., Salute to the Stars will honor Cy-Fair ISD Spotlight Teachers.  This blog will announce some of the generous sponsors for the event. Continue reading Salute to the Stars 2016