Kevin Nevels and Leigh Walker

Kevin Nevels and Leigh Walker 

The community’s desire for connection has led a trio of community leaders to start the city’s first alumni group.

Coppell ISD Trustee Leigh Walker, Coppell Chamber Chairman-Elect Kevin Nevels and former City Council Member Aaron Duncan hope the group will serve as an avenue for CISD graduates to connect other graduates from their class.

Nevels said they got the idea after hearing many people were surprised that an alumni group or association didn’t exist. The three began to brainstorm ideas and what an alumni group would look like.

The three Coppell High School graduates came from different classes but all agreed on one goal—providing connection and networking opportunities while giving back to the community.

“I think we’re at that critical mass where so many people who graduated in the '90s and the 2000s … have grown up and they’re moving back home with families of their own,” Walker said. “We’re kinda at this critical juncture where we have the mass, the people and we have the desire for people to want to connect.”

The group desires to make many of those connections happen through partnering with the school district and the education foundation.

For example, the education foundation has created a run for alumni during its annual Run to Fund event. Nevels said the group plans to set up a tent during the event and invite alumni to come over and start those connection pieces.

“We feel like that’s a good first step,” he said.

For Duncan, his involvement is driven by a desire to give back to the community and to contribute to the district he said he owes a lot to.

“Community is built around families, and the Coppell school district is a vital role in the ongoing success, desirability and national recognition of our community,” Duncan said. "This group allows alumni to stay engaged with the community but also allows the community to recognize outstanding CISD alumni.”

The alumni group is open to all graduates from the district including New Tech and Victory Place and graduates from all years. Even those who are living in places other than Coppell are welcome to come and connect with the group.

“The big thing we want people to know is we want to be inclusive of everyone,” Nevels said. “If you want to get involved, if you have ideas, we welcome those ideas to expand our reach, expand our networking and expand ways we can give back and contribute to the community.”

Those who’d like to get involved with the alumni group can visit the Coppell ISD Alumni Group Facebook page or email coppellalumni@gmail.com.

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