Richmond Public Schools Community Partnerships

CapitalOne at G.H. Reid Elementary

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.

Partnership - Epstein (1992) states that the term partnership "implies a formal alliance and contractual agreement to work toward shared goals and to share the profits or benefits of mutual investments" (p. 1). Ballen and Moles (1994) describe the essential elements of a successful partnership: "For a partnership to work, there must be mutual trust and respect, an ongoing exchange of information, agreement on goals and strategies, and a sharing of rights and responsibilities." Partnerships in Richmond Public Schools work in collaboration with the school administration and codify their relationship with a written document Memorandum of Agreement.

Partner - A partner is a community, business, faith organization or other who enters into an agreement with the Richmond Public Schools to support the agenda of RPS for the benefit of the students. A partner may have 'partnerships' with one or many schools.


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.


Download a Sample Partnership Agreement and Business Interest Survey Completion of this survey will assist us in identifying your organization’s needs and resources.

Partnership Facts

Data (reported as of 10/19/2009)

Total number of Partnerships 853 (plus 153 vendors)
Total Number of Volunteers 5,565
Total Number of Volunteer hours/year          88,732
Volunteer hours (if paid $20.25/hour*) $1,796.823.0
Total number of student units served 57,024
Financial Contribution $616,282.08
*Per the Independent Sector

Partnership Highlights

RPS Garden Task Force - What's blossoming!

Richmond Day Garden Fair

Download an event flyer with more information.

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.

View a short video on our Partnerships That Work (19 MB, MP4)



GENWORTH FINANCIAL SUPPORTS RICHMOND PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Chandler Middle School received dozens of hours of Back to School preparedness!

For the 2008-2009 school year, Genworth has embarked upon a year long initiative with Chandler Middle School. Beginning with a DONE IN A DAY event in August to help prepare the school to open and continuing through the school year providing student and staff support through incentive programs with educational and cultural events and providing mentoring for student in the Girls Gone Wise program. Genworth has, once again, reinforced their support of the students of Richmond Public Schools. We are grateful to the employees of Genworth for their partnership and welcome them at Chandler.



ALTRIA SUPPORTS RPS INITIATIVES

Dr. Yvonne Brandon, Superintendent, Richmond Public Schools, discusses (click on 'featured partner) the support provided by Altria in supporting Richmond Public Schools. Their local support includes Communities in Schools, Team Up Richmond, the Office of School Commuity Partnerships, leadership development and more.

DONE IN A DAY - AND MORE - PROVIDED BY ALTRIA

Murals brighten the environment at George Wythe High School.

With the support of HandsOnGreater Richmond and Communities in Schools of Richmond, George Wythe High School (and during the 07-08 school year, Martin Luther King Middle School) received a Back to School makeover from Altria that is unprecedented at the High School. Bringing almost 200 interns to the school who participated in dozens of projects George Wythe was beatified with plants, new furniture, painting, mulch (and more mulch!). The makeover is obvious from the entry, into the office, the gym and even the teacher’s lounge. Additional projects funded through the end of the calendar year will provide enrichment in computer labs and throughout the entire school. RPS is grateful to the staff and interns of Altria for their energy, grunt labor and especially their dedication to supporting our students and their schools.



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.


DRIVETIME SUPPORTS SUMMER HILL - RUFFIN ROAD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Larry Reynolds from DriveTime with Dr. Deborah Jewell-Sherman, Superintendent and George Braxton, Chairman School Board.

The Richmond School Board recognized DriveTime in appreciation and recognition of their continued partnership in all academic endeavors at Summer Hill/Ruffin Road Elementary School.

DriveTime/SchoolTime has been a valuable stakeholder at Summer Hill/Ruffin Road Elementary School for the past six years. Their partnership has provided Summer Hill Elementary School with a state of the art computer lab, annual SOL Kick-off Carnivals, materials and snacks for students during SOL testing, trade books for every student, reading and mathematics tutors, in-service trainings for teachers, a consultant to provide teachers and students with reading and writing strategies as well as sponsoring Extended Day and Saturday Academy programs.

It has been DriveTime/SchoolTime's goal to assist in providing effective instructional programs and services to ensure opportunities for all students to be successful in life and academics. In addition to academic endeavors, Drive Time continuously supports parental and community involvement in school spirit building activities. We thank DriveTime for their commitment to the students and staff of Summer Hill/Ruffin Road Elementary School.


CHALLENGE DISCOVERY PROJECTS RECEIVES RECOGNITION FROM SCHOOL BOARD

Rose Marie Wiegandt; Dan Niccolucci; Daniel Stembridge; Dennis Hawley; Craig Ross; Al Bowers

Richmond Public Schools recognizes Challenge Discovery Projects for its Say It With Heart curriculum, a school-based violence prevention program which encourages positive self-image, respectful, communication, healthy relationships and strong connections in the school community. The program is currently implemented at Fairfield Court, Miles Jones and Woodville Elementary Schools, Martin Luther King Middle School and Armstrong High School.

The Say it With Heart program places trained instructors in schools where they teach non-violent interpersonal skills to students, teachers, and parents. In addition to its work with youth, Say it With Heart also supports parent and teacher education to foster respectful and responsible means of communicating and resolving conflicts with children.

"The Say it With Heart" program has been an excellent reinforcement to my current classroom behavior management plan. We have actually taken real problems that occur in the classroom and resolved these issues using Say it With Heart techniques and turned these situations into teachable moments". Mrs. Dagenheart, Teacher at Miles Jones Elementary School.

Pictured above: Rose Marie Wiegandt, Development Coordinator/SIWH Coordinator; Dan Niccolucci, V.P./Secretary and the Vice President; Daniel Stembridge, Administrative Director; Dennis Hawley, Clinical Director; Craig Ross, President, Challenge Discovery Projects; Al Bowers President, BFE Construction and Consulting Co.


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, educaiton and welfare of needy children, and the maintenance and education of young adults seeking higher eudcation, 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.

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