Cypress Creek Models Positivity with “Fred” Efforts

Cy-Fair, TX (January 22, 2016) Inspired by Mark Sanborn’s best-selling book, The Fred Factor, Cypress Creek High School is working to become a “Fred campus.” Through teacher and student involvement, the campus seeks to make the ordinary extraordinary by going the extra mile.

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Sanborn’s book, originally published in 2002, outlines exceptional customer service by introducing his former postal carrier, Fred, who continually went above and beyond his job description.

Cypress Creek READ 180 teacher Andrea Barnes began spreading Fred qualities across the school, and according to “Fred Finders” committee member and fellow READ 180 teacher Sandra Windham, the movement has taken hold.

Sanborn offered a complimentary 20-minute Skype session to the entire faculty on Jan. 14 to help motivate them for the effort.

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Prior to the Sanborn chat, the Fred Finders committee—consisting of Barnes, Windham, chemistry teacher Christi Hames and U.S. history teacher Ruth Cassidy—awarded one student and one teacher a $100 bill for being voted as a “True Fred.”

Teacher Teresa Hughes was chosen as the faculty True Fred award winner for exemplifying Fred qualities by supporting her math team, providing professional development and being a positive influence for teachers and students alike. Senior Gabriel Hendley was chosen as the student winner for exhibiting the Fred philosophies of helping, listening, being kind and considerate and going above and beyond each day.

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