Community Impact Newspaper Shares Story About the Naming of Alyssa Ferguson Elementary

Community Impact Newspaper published a story about the naming of the new Alyssa Ferguson Elementary. The original story follows:

Fort Bend ISD board of trustees names new elementary school after student who died

The Fort Bend ISD board of trustees stand with Scott and Sandy Ferguson (center), whose daughter, Alyssa Ferguson, died in 2017 after a battle with medulloblastoma and now has a new elementary school named after her. (Courtesy Fort Bend ISD)
The Fort Bend ISD board of trustees stand with Scott and Sandy Ferguson (center), whose daughter, Alyssa Ferguson, died in 2017 after a battle with medulloblastoma and now has a new elementary school named after her. (Courtesy Fort Bend ISD)

Author: Community Impact Newspaper Hunter Marrow | 4:30 PM Apr 12, 2022 CDT

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In a unanimous vote, the Fort Bend ISD board of trustees has named a new elementary school after one of the district’s former students.

The elementary school, scheduled to open in fall 2023 at 1300 Heritage Park Drive, Missouri City, is named after Alyssa Ferguson, who died in January 2017 as a freshman at Ridge Point High School after a battle with medulloblastoma, a brain cancer, according to an April 11 FBISD agenda report.

Ferguson, who lived in the Sienna community, was first diagnosed with the cancer while enrolled at Baines Middle School at the age of 12, according to an April 11 news release from the school district.

The naming comes due to Ferguson’s character and sense of giving while in the midst of her battle with cancer, according to the district’s news release. When asked what wish she wanted to receive from the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Ferguson replied, “The only reason I got this wish is because I got sick. I should use it to help someone. I didn’t earn it.”

Instead, Ferguson used her wish to dig a well in a village in Zimbabwe that did not have access to clean water. Since then, eight wells have now been dug because of the mission Ferguson started, according to the news release.

Per board policy, FBISD established a committee to select a name for the new school in early 2022; the committee was comprised of teachers, parents, community representatives and district staff along with FBISD Board President Dave Rosenthal and FBISD Board Member 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 in the news release.

Ahead of the school opening in fall 2023, Carla Patton will serve as the school’s principal beginning in January 2023. Patton was named the school’s principal by the district’s board of trustees on April 11.

Link to original story above can be found here.

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.