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May 16, 2017

Honor Roll – It’s Not Just for Students

RPS School Board Chair Dawn Page (far left) congratulates Bank representatives upon receiving the award at a recent board meeting.

By Vicki Alligood

Honor roll isn’t just for students; it’s also for businesses — and the Richmond Fed is one of them.

Our Bank’s long-standing partnership with Richmond Public Schools was recognized recently as part of the Virginia School Board Association’s Business Honor Roll program. The program is a way for school divisions to recognize businesses for their valuable contributions to the public schools. Our honor is based on several aspects of our support for Richmond Public Schools, including mentoring and volunteerism, skill-based community service, board service, financial education and more.

Many of our employees participate in student mentoring programs and other in-the-classroom volunteer opportunities with Richmond Public Schools.

Many of our employees participate in student mentoring programs and other volunteer opportunities with RPS. Last year, 67 Fed volunteers spent about 1,400 hours mentoring 63 students at Bellevue Elementary, Elkhardt-Thompson Middle School and Huguenot High School. We also host an annual school supply drive. Last year, we collected more than a thousand individual school supplies, including full backpacks, which helped RPS students start the school year off on a strong note. The Richmond Fed also hosts interactive “Day at the Fed” events for middle and high school students to learn about employers’ expectations, practice networking and create their personal “elevator pitch.”

On top of that, the Richmond Fed played a key role developing and coordinating the Richmond region’s first interactive career exploration event for middle school students last year. The resulting event exposed students to possible career opportunities to help them make informed choices about the secondary and post-secondary education they may pursue. Over the course of two days, more than 12,000 eighth grade students from eight school jurisdictions journeyed through exhibits, interacting and participating in hands-on activities about in-demand jobs from more than 100 local businesses.

“Supporting our city’s students is an important investment in our future — our future workforce, our future leaders and ultimately in the economic health of the Richmond region,” says Michelle Gluck, executive vice president, general counsel and chief risk officer, who is the current chair of the RPS Superintendent’s Business Advisory Council. Michelle and other business leaders work alongside the superintendent to help support the mission and goals of the city schools. Other Bank leaders also serve on boards and advisory councils with nonprofits focused on mentoring, education and workforce development.

In addition to volunteerism, our Bank regularly coordinates with schools to deliver financial education programs, teacher training and resource development. Every year, several hundred Richmond city students visit our Fed Experience exhibit, where they engage in age-based activities that align with the Virginia Standards of Learning for civics, economics and personal finance. We also develop resources and programming focused on student preparedness for life after high school. And we engage teachers through our Bank’s Teacher Collaborative, which includes two RPS teachers. The Collaborative discusses best practices, provides input and feedback on resources, and helps guide our Bank’s outreach efforts to other teachers and students.

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