KHOU Shares News About Alyssa Ferguson Elementary

Houston area TV station KHOU aired a news story about the new Alyssa Ferguson Elementary School. The video and web story are below.

‘This is an incredible honor’ | Fort Bend ISD to name new school after philanthropic teen who died of cancer

Alyssa Ferguson’s mom says she hopes students at the school learn from her daughter’s legacy.

KHOU Author: Jason Miles
Published on KHOU: 5:44 PM CDT April 12, 2022

FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas — Fort Bend ISD elementary school #54 is still a work in progress in the Sienna area. But the building set to open in the fall of 2023 will no longer be known by just a number.

The board of trustees voted Monday to name the new school after Alyssa Ferguson, a teen who died of cancer. 

“She continues to have an impact on the Sienna community and beyond,” said board chairman Dave Rosenthal.

Ferguson’s lengthy battle with a brain tumor ended just after her 15th birthday. She was in her freshman year at Ridge Point High School.

“You know, it’s been five years since she passed away,” said mother Sandy Ferguson. “And so this is an incredible honor that they have bestowed on us and on her.”

Sandy said Alyssa was born with a giving spirit. During her cancer battle, she used her Make-A-Wish Foundation wish to drill a well in Zimbabwe for those without access to clean water.

The Alyssa’s World Changers Fund, with the help of others, is now responsible for drilling eight wells and counting.

“In Haiti, in India, in Africa, Myanmar,” said Sandy. “Just all over.”

There’s not a day that goes by that Sandy doesn’t think about Alyssa.

“Not one,” said Ferguson. “And some days are harder than others.”

But she says her daughter’s short time on earth made an impact worth remembering.

It will no doubt set an example for those who eventually attend the new school.

“And it’ll be great to see her name on the school and all those kids who wondered who Alyssa Ferguson was. Now they’ll know,” said Sandy. “Maybe they’ll decide to be world changers too.”

The original link to the above KHOU news story can be found here.

New School Named After Alyssa

The Alyssa Ferguson World Changers Fund is excited and grateful to announce that the Board of Trustees of Fort Bend Independent School District voted to name a new elementary school in Alyssa’s honor. Alyssa Ferguson Elementary will begin construction soon with plans to open in fall 2023.

Alyssa’s family shared that Alyssa wanted to become a third grade teacher and will now be able to teach children of all ages about being becoming World Changers in their own ways. They are overwhelmed with gratitude that the district and community have chosen to honor Alyssa in this way.

The press release follows:

FORT BEND ISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES APPROVES NAMING NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AFTER LATE STUDENT

Fort Bend ISD (April 11, 2022) – The Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees unanimously agreed to name the District’s new elementary school #54 after Alyssa Ferguson, a Ridge Point High School student who lost her life to brain cancer.

Ferguson lived in the Sienna community. While enrolled at Baines Middle School she began experiencing a series of headaches. At the age of 12, she was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a fast-growing brain tumor. Her family also learned she had Li-Fraumeni Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that predisposes those who have it to an increased risk of developing cancer.

Even in the midst of her own cancer battle, Ferguson acted with amazing generosity and a spirit of giving. When she received a wish from the Make-a-Wish Foundation, she said, “The only reason I got this wish is because I got sick. I should use it to help someone. I didn’t earn it.”

Ferguson used her wish to dig a well in a village in Zimbabwe that did not have access to clean water. Eight wells have now been dug because of the mission she started.

Ferguson passed away in January of 2017 while a freshman at Ridge Point High School. The Alyssa Ferguson World Changers Fund was established so that her legacy continues through the funding of construction of new water wells and for the repair or replacement of existing wells.

Per board policy, FBISD established a committee to select a name for the new school earlier this year and asked the community to submit nominations. The committee was comprised of teachers, parents, community representatives, District staff, FBISD Board President Dave Rosenthal and FBISD Trustee Kristin Malone.

“As a committee, we felt Alyssa’s life provides a great example to our students on how they can utilize the Profile of a Graduate attributes in serving as compassionate citizens and servant leaders,” Rosenthal said. 

Alyssa Ferguson Elementary is located at 1300 Heritage Park Dr., Missouri City, 77459 and is scheduled to open fall 2023. The school will serve approximately 1,000 students.

The original press release is linked here.

Giving Tuesday

Today is Giving Tuesday, a day that follows a season of being thankful, a day of shopping like crazy in the stores, and a day of shopping online for great deals. But the best deal of all is to express gratitude through helping others. If you haven’t made a gift to the Alyssa Ferguson World Changers Fund this year, please do so today. We are grateful for every gift of every size. There are 8 water wells already due to your generosity. Eight wells have transformed whole villages with clean water, education, agriculture, and health! Will you join us today with your gift to build the next water well and honor Alyssa’s memory? 

Make your gift today!

Water Well Funded in South Sudan

Every water well God blesses the Alyssa Ferguson World Changers Fund to dig is a special well — special to the Fund and its donors, special to Alyssa’s memory, special to the Fergusons, and of course special to the village that becomes transformed through Christ and his living water. But the new water well being announced today is extra special. The well will be in the country of South Sudan, located in East-Central Africa.

South Sudan Map

This new well is in partnership with Water for South Sudan. You may recall that when Alyssa was granted a wish by the Make A Wish Foundation, the song “Do Something” by Matthew West inspired her to do something with her wish. As she pondered what her “do something” might be, she thought back on the book she read in school, A Long Walk To Water by Linda Sue Park and made the decision to have a well dug in Africa for a village in need. For the full story, read the About Alyssa page.

In the book, which you should read, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan ends up starting a charity to help with water in his cherished South Sudan. That charity grew into what is now Water for South Sudan, the organization the Alyssa Ferguson World Changers Fund is partnering with for the new water well.

Being 2020 is the year Alyssa would have graduated from high school, it is a fitting time to bring this full circle. Alyssa read a book in school that left an impression on her heart. Matthew West wrote a song where she heard God calling her to Do Something. This graduation year, the Alyssa Ferguson World Changers Fund partners with the very charity featured in the book Alyssa read in school that inspired her vision and launched this ministry to help provide water around the world. God be praised for the circle he created!

Thank you for being a part of the Alyssa Ferguson World Changers Fund, honoring God and honoring Alyssa’s memory and dream. Join us with a gift to her fund and help us with the next well. People are thirsty. You can help! Do Something and help reduce that Long Walk to Water.

Children Raise Money for Water Well

The children attending Vacation Bible School this summer at First Colony Church of Christ in Sugar Land, TX collected money for the Alyssa Ferguson World Changers Fund.

As part of their lesson on learning about serving, they were told Alyssa’s story and given the opportunity to join her ministry. Each day, they brought their change and put it in a wishing well. Some children even worked hard by creating their own lemonade stands, car washes, and doing chores at home to collect more money for the well. All in all, the children donated $2,000 toward the next water well!

All of us at the Alyssa Ferguson World Changers Fund are grateful and impressed by their generosity!

VBS Well

 

Water Well Being Built in Kenya

Kenya Map

One year ago today, the Ferguson family was in Zimbabwe seeing Alyssa’s very first well. Today, the Alyssa Ferguson World Changers Fund is pleased to announce a grant for funding of well number seven! Alyssa’s Fund is partnering with Christian Relief Fund for a well to be dug in Kenya.

While every well is special, this well is extra special as it will be in both Alyssa’s name and in the name of a dear friend, Randy Roberts. For those of you who attended Alyssa’s memorial service, you may recall that Randy spoke. He is the one who wore the superhero t-shirt and told many stories about his and Alyssa’s special relationship. Randy was an elder at our church and a very dear friend to our family. He and Alyssa had such a special bond. He made her laugh often, they had Chinese nicknames and superhero nicknames for each other, they sent each other backward text messages. He made her feel special, valuable, hopeful, and brought great joy to her life.

Sadly, Randy passed suddenly last fall. In his memory, his family generously raised funds for the Alyssa Ferguson World Changers Fund. The fact that this well is going to Kenya is even more special because Randy had an adopted grandson from…….Kenya. Randy was an amazing man and loved by many. You can read his obituary here.

We are honored that Alyssa and Randy not only are hanging out together in Heaven, but will also be memorialized on a plaque together in Kenya. The plaque will read:

“In honor of Alyssa Janae Ferguson and Randall James “Randy” Roberts…
The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.’ – Isaiah 58:11”

The Alyssa Ferguson World Changers Fund looks forward to sharing with you pictures of the well once it is completed. Thank YOU for being a part of Alyssa’s legacy honoring God and bringing both physical water and living water to people in need. As her fund grows, so will her legacy and her impact. It grows because of your generosity. THANK YOU!

 

Randy and Alyssa

Randy and Alyssa enjoying a baseball game together