The students at Smith Academy now have a wonderful basketball court to play on. The campus is grateful to Bimbo Bakeries USA. The local plant resurfaced the blacktop, painted and added basketball hoops. The campus and BBU recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“It’s an honor to invest in the health and wellness of students,” said Orozco. “We know how important it is for students to have a safe space to play each day. It’s wonderful to see how excited and happy the kids are when they play.“
Over the summer, the BBU plant nearby contacted the school. The plant spent $7,000 to provide the students the upgraded court. This formed part of BBU’s Good Neighbor Program.
Raymond Stubblefield is grateful to BBU. He is principal at Smith Academy.
“Our students have been enjoying the new court and are most appreciative,” said Stubblefield. “Play is an important part of students’ development. It’s essential that they enjoy a healthy and well-rounded school day. We are thankful to Bimbo Bakeries USA for helping us give our students the power of play.”
The campus invited 250-plus kindergarteners and first grade students to the ribbon-cutting ceremony. To celebrate the new court, Bimbo USA and the school decided to play a little game of basketball. Plant managers and supervisors comprised Team BBU while staff members formed Team Smith Academy.
Lizzett Cornu organized the ceremony and game. She is the quality assurance coordinator at the Mrs Baird’s-Bimbo Bakeries USA Houston plant. Cornu also oversees the Good Neighbor Program in Houston.
“The game was a great way to celebrate the new court,” said Cornu. “It’s a great opportunity to promote physical activity in our community.”
Good Neighbor projects fall under Sembrando Juntos. It translates to “Sowing Together.” Sembrando Juntos covers Grupo Bimbo’s commitment to better business and a better future. The four pillars are Our Associates, Our Community, Wellbeing, and Our Planet. Sembrando Juntos inspires how Grupo Bimbo creates its products. It also inspires how associates work at BBU and throughout Grupo Bimbo.
Orozco and Cornu were not the only BBU representatives playing basketball. The BBU staff showed up in numbers.
Donald Loisel, product strategy manager
Griselda Gutiérrez, logistics manager
Luis Mesones, plant engineer manager
Alfonso Flores, regional sales manager
Didier Moleres Jr., senior financial analyst
Obed Torres, Oracle specialist
Rubén Reyes, sales field representative
Randy Rose, sales prompt planner
Carol Walker, receptionist
Catalina Sarmiento, production supervisor
Anuar Omarov, intern
Miguel A. Algalán, assistant plant engineer
Yetzabel Miranda, Miguel’s wife
Byron Keyes, production floor leader
Sarah Brady, maintenance supervisor
Kevin Brill, territory sales manager
Jorge Barbarian, production manager
Feliciano Sánchez, territory sales manager
José Luis Sánchez, territory sales manager
Everyone had fun. Both teams played a good game and the students cheered them on. The students also got a chance to meet “El Osito Bimbo” or “The Bimbo Bear.” Before students headed back to class, Bimbo Bakeries USA gave each classroom a box full of “Gansitos.” Each little snack cake has strawberry jelly along with a creamy filling. The pastry is covered in chocolate with chocolate sprinkles.
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