The Office of School Community Partnerships has been created to develop, promote and assist in the coordination of collaborative efforts between the schools and the business, faith and civic communities in an effort to create and foster relationships beneficial to Richmond Public Schools and to the community at large.
For information about faith community involvement in elementary schools, contact Tiffany Hall or e-mail Mary Hetzel She can also be reached at 804.783.7903 ext. 24.
The programs and projects undertaken by each partnership are dependent upon the individual needs of the school, the resource of the business and the imagination of the participants. The following are examples of successful activities.
RPS Garden Task Force - What's blossoming!
Richmond Day Garden Fair
The Salisbury Garden Club helped our fifth grade girls at Swansboro Elementary school with a flower arranging lesson on Friday. Each student took home a floral arrangement for Mother's Day.
Come to see us and enjoy the lovely, peaceful garden at Swansboro.
NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR (N2N) LAUNCHES AT OVERBY-SHEPPARD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - MAY 20, 2010
Mayor Dwight Jones welcomed the new mentors and mentees and thanked them for working together. The initiative at Overby-Sheppard involves City employees who are provided 4 hours/month to volunteer. In July the entire community will be invited to begin serving as a volunteer to support the City who hopes to amass 100,000 hours of service.
Mentors and Mentees got to know one another over lunch in the auditorium.
City of Richmond employees launched the N2N volunteer initiative at Overby-Sheppard Elementary School. The volunteer mentors will be Lunch Buddies for 2nd grade students at the Northside school.
Lunch Buddies for 2nd grade students
Mayor Jones greets his youngest constituents
as they began the mentoring program.
YALE ALUMNI BEGIN PARTNERSHIP WITH GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
The students of Carver Elementary School, in coordination with Communities in Schools, have new partners in the Yale Alumni Club in Richmond. Volunteers visited the school on May 15 to spruce up the front landscaping and place new stones by the flagpole. They plan to return later in the year and next fall to further develop this new, exciting partnership opportunity.
Franklin Federal Savings Bank Brings Financial Literacy to Elementary School Partnerships!
We were fortunate to have the good folks with WTVR-TV6 visit Chimborazo Elementary School to see the program, Making Money Count, provided by Franklin Federal Savings Bank. Mrs. Yates and her 2nd grade class were fabulous on TV!
Since February, Franklin Federal has spent 16 days visiting 10 RPS elementary schools, supporting 46 teachers and teaching 712 students.
Hope you enjoy the clip
Congratulations to Capital One on their Miles Jones Elementary School Partnership!
Congratulations to Capital One, Risk Management Team for their award of the national Volunteer Group of the Year by Capital One. Their work with Miles Jones Elementary School has provided countless resources for students and staff over their 2 year relationship!
CIS Executive Director, Harold Fitrer with Miles Jones Principal, Sheila Scott and Capital One Associates, Carolyn Berkowitz, VP of Community Affairs and Andrea Wright, Comunity Partnerships Manager/Community Affairs. Congratulations to ALL!
Partnerships that Work!!!
Richmond Public Schools is proud of the hundreds of partnerships that support our number one goal, student achievement! Through their efforts resources are brought into the schools and managed to provide our students with the best access to tools that will help them learn and grow. From mentors to mental health support to new media centers to landscaping to health care support and parental enrichment our partners bring a wealth of time, talent and treasures to our elementary, middle and high schools.
We are grateful for their commitment to the betterment of our students and for the caring they show each and every day. Our students, their families, teachers and staff are better for each and every effort. We are proud to recognize a small sampling of our very own Partnerships That Work! We trust that you will be impressed and inspired. For more information contact the organization directly.
View a short video on our Partnerships That Work (19 MB, MP4)
CAPITAL ONE ASSOCIATES JOIN SCHOOLS
Capital One Associates put up 'white-boards' at Henderson Middle School.
Over the past three years, Capital One and their associates have partnered with Richmond Public Schools providing resources otherwise unavailable. This year, Back to School initiatives helped prepare Reid Elementary School, Miles Jones Elementary School, Henderson Middle School, Oakgrove-Bellemeade Elementary School and, Ginter Park Elementary School with school supplies, teacher welcome back packets, paint, mulch and plants, rolling carts, murals and more. For the associates it was just the beginning of many more activities throughout the year including the READesign (Reid); Library renovation (George Mason), Guardian Angels (Summer Hill), Mentoring (Carver and ACDC/Work Study program), and additional projects at Broad Rock, Greene, Fairfield Court. Capital One, a sponsor of the Richmond Folk Festival also brings our schools a taste of the Festival where associates can share the experience with the students. RPS thanks Capital One for their commitment to the futures for each of our students and is indebted to them for their involvement in the community.
FIRST BOOK LOCAL ADVISORY BOARD RECOGNIZED
On August 4, the Richmond School Board recognized First Book – Greater Richmond Local Advisory Board (LAB) for their commitment and generosity to Richmond Public Schools. The Local Advisory Board is part of First Book’s national network of volunteer-led Advisory Boards that provide new books to children in need in communities across the country.
The Greater Richmond First Book LAB is comprised of individuals from the community representing organizations and businesses such as SunTrust Mortgage, Genworth Financial, Community Idea Stations, Richmond Magazine, and the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce.
Since its inception in November 2005, First Book-Greater Richmond awarded book grants providing over 40,000 books to community-based literacy programs in the Greater Richmond area. Nancy Harmon and Eva Hartmann shared that, to date, of the books granted Richmond Public Schools had received 11,462 new books totaling $39,905. Richmond Public Schools is grateful for their support of student literacy efforts.
VIRGINIA HEROES HIGHLIGHTS RELATIONSHIP WITH RICHMOND PUBLIC SCHOOLS
The Richmond School Board recognized Virginia Heroes Incorporated , a program envisioned by Arthur Ashe, Jr. which has been engaged with the Richmond Public Schools for the past 17 years. Utilizing mentors and small groups of students in interactive sessions, Virginia Heroes has served over 6,500 middle school students, most recently at Chandler Middle School. Culminating in a Celebration of Heroes, where students meet with heroes of today , the students receive information from community professionals supporting their personal and social development. Specially designed middle school curricula of Virginia Heroes are keyed to the SOLs, the 7th and 8th grade curricula designed by RPS staff for Richmond school children.
DOMINION POWER FOUNDATION PRESENTS SCIENCE GRANT
Dominion Power Foundation was recognized for their commitment to education and to Richmond Public Schools expressed through their educational grants. Educational grants from Dominion and the Dominion Foundation provide elementary and secondary educators with the tools they need to revitalize math and science programs through the study of energy and the environment. We are grateful to Iris Holliday, Senior External Affairs Manager for Dominion for providing an Environmental Education presented to Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School.
SCHOOL BOARD ACKNOWLEDGES THE SOCIETY OF THE ALUMNI OF THE COLLEGE OF WILLIAM & MARY FOR THEIR WORK AT SWANSBORO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Bob Podstepny accepts the recognition from the school board for the Alumni of the College of William and Mary.
The School Board recognizes the William and Mary Alumni for their support of Swansboro Elementary School both through the PLUS program serving as mentors and tutors for students and for the Friends of Swansboro Elementary School efforts providing goods to the school.
The William and Mary Alumni have been an active force at Swansboro Elementary School over the past 5 years. Alumni mentor and tutor and provide need school supplies, materials for classrooms and articles for the school incentive store. With many alumni participating over this sustainable period of time, William and Mary Alumni have been a shining example to others of the role that can be played in the schools.
WAL-MART SUPPORT MAYMONT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL THROUGH ADOPT A SCHOOL
Aimee Potter receives a check from Kelly Hobbs and other Wal-Mart staffers in the amount of $7000 for WalMart's Adopt a Classroom Project!
Richmond Public Schools recognizes Wal-Mart for their support of Richmond Public Schools by awarding Amie Potter, teacher at Maymont Elementary School, a grant of $7000 through their Adopt-a-Classroom project.
The funds received will provide $3000 in Wal-Mart gift cards and $4000 in the form of a check (which will be presented at the Board meeting). Recognizing that Language Arts is a challenge for her students, Ms. Potter will use the funds for classroom sets of books, a TV and DVD player, a laptop computers (so they can use their LCD), Digital Camera and Camcorder, School supplies, field trip and more!!
THANK YOU WAL-MART!!!
SCHOOL BOARD RECOGNIZES CHILDREN INCORPORATED FOR COMMITMENT TO RPS STUDENTS
The School Board recognizes Children Incorporated, Incfor their on-going support of goods and services to the students and schools of RPS. Known for their work providing resources to children in need around the world and in North America supporting children in Appalachia and on Indian Reservations through patron sponsorships, Children Incorporated began their work in urban settings with Richmond Public Schools.
Marilyn Council-Zeigler, CIS Site Coordinator, Ron Carter, School Coordinator Children Incorporated, Cheryl Johnson, CIS Site Coordinator
Currently brokering individual and classroom sponsorships to students at Swansboro, Summerhill and Oakgrove-Bellemeade Elementary Schools with expansion plans for other Elementary Schools in 2008, Children Incorporated works with Communities in Schools and dedicated volunteers to match contributed resources from sponsors from across the country with students in need. To date in excess of $100,000 of sponsorship funds, goods and services have been provided to the students of Richmond Public Schools! Thanks to Ron Carter (center above) and CIS site coordinators, Marilyn Council-Zeigler and Cheryl Johnson (above) and many the many volunteers for making this a reality!
Vision Statement of Children Incorporated:
It is the aim of Children, Incorporated to continue assisting and cooperating with other organizations and institutions throughout the world which are dedicated to the maintenance, support, education and welfare of needy children, and the maintenance and education of young adults seeking higher education, enabling them to become responsible citizens of the global community.
CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF RICHMOND HIGHLIGHTED AT BOARD MEETING
Karen Coltrane, Executive Director and Whitney Cardoza, Director of Education with students.
The School Board recognized the Children's Museum of Richmond for their commitment to the children of Richmond Public Schools as they strive to inspire every child's potential by appealing to his/her natural capacity for curiosity, exploration and learning.
Expanding on their value of seeking community partnerships and collaborations that benefit young children, the Children's Museum of Richmond (CMOR) has made an emphasis on providing the resources of the museum for students in Richmond especially those from Richmond Public Schools.
Through educational programs like the AG Edwards Pennywise financial literacy (for tots!) program, Genworth Financial's Holiday Village and Clearwire's new creative writing and arts program, almost 3000 Richmond Public School students will benefit from the vital community resources made available through the museum.
We recognize and thank the CMOR for their vision and their generosity in sharing their resources with us and with our students!!
CAPITAL ONE RECOGNIZED FOR READESIGN AND MORE!!
A Westover Hills student selects 5 books at the opening of the READesign.
Richmond Public School recognizes Capital One for their unyielding and overwhelming confidence in Richmond Public Schools as evidenced by their MANY signs of support for student achievement including hundreds of associates participating in Community Build Days, Field Days, Literacy Celebrations, Finance Park, the new Mentoriships program and the Power of Nine scholarship program, support for the Office of School Community Partnership and MORE!!
We are especially thankful to Capital One for bringing us the READesign, the makeover of the Westover Hills Elementary School library, a project of enormous proportions which brought together their partner, the Heart of America along with over 100 of their associates to catapult one 20th century library into the 21st century!!!
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE MICAH INITIATIVE ON THEIR RECEIPT OF THE RICHMOND HISTORY MAKERS AWARD
Recognized by the Valentine, Richmond History Center as a Richmond History Maker, the Micah Initiative brings together faith-based mentoring/tutoring programs in the Richmond's Elementary Schools Since 2003, the Micah Initiative has linked the three Abrahamic faiths and others in mutual commitment to Richmond Public Schools.
Adhering to the tenants of the prophet Micah, "To do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God" (Micah 6:8), the Micah Initiative continues today in over 24 Richmond Public Schools providing over 600 volunteers from over 57 faith groups. Volunteers have joined together from diverse communities often geographically far from their own to bring skills, commitment, partnership and their own faith to schools in much underserved communities.
Individual students with mentors and students have shown increased academic achievement, a reduction in absenteeism and more appropriate social behavior. Schools have received goods and services but more importantly, they have been the recipients of caring and supportive members of faith communities who have helped to brighten school days and enhance school cultures.
We thank the Micah Initiative for their partnership with and commitment to the students and schools of Richmond Public Schools.
For information about faith community involvement in elementary schools, contact Tiffany Hall or email Mary Hetzel They can also be reached at 804.783.7903 ext. 24.