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Earlier this year, 50 public schools in Chicago were ordered to close. As a result, thousands of students were re-assigned to a different school within the district. Almost 13,000 students whose old school was closed this summer began the school year at a “welcoming school” in their surrounding neighborhoods in the city. The lion’s share of attention had to be devoted to safety and providing sufficient resources to accommodate all the new students at these schools in the Westside and Southside communities. Consequentially, the schools have had less time and opportunity to devote to student and staff moral during the consolidation.
This opened a nice opportunity for SVB to lend a hand as part of our global 30 Years | 30 Causes campaign in celebration of our 30th anniversary. We worked with Mollison Elementary School in the Southside Bronzeville neighborhood. The school had welcomed 250 additional students at the start of the school year. Principal Kimberly Henderson said her team aims to provide all of its students with a high quality education that meets not only their academic needs but also their collective and individual emotional needs, too. Ambitious goals that will help prepare their students for the all aspects of their lives.
With that in mind, our team of 16 volunteers donated hand-made, inspirational artwork for the staff and students to enjoy. A new, vibrant wall mural says, “The future depends on what we do in the present,” from Mahatma Gandhi and a second piece spells out ‘Mollison’ in colorful, bright glass tiles. ChicagoCares partnered with us to coordinate our efforts, which we hope will promote unity among the newly merged student body and foster an attitude of renewed school spirit. Jenné Myers, Executive Director at Chicago Cares said it best:
“Chicago Cares was proud to partner with Silicon Valley Bank to complete hands-on beautification projects in support of Mollison Elementary in Chicago’s Bronzeville community. We know from research that kids perform better in an environment that is stimulating and beautiful. Now, hundreds of students will be able to benefit from Silicon Valley Bank’s generosity for years to come.”
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About 30 Years | 30 Causes
The “30 Years | 30 Causes” campaign was developed after Silicon Valley Bank crowd sourced ideas from its employees to celebrate its 30th anniversary. The company will host 30 community service events around the world near each of its offices in 2013. A listing of SVB’s 30 Years | 30 Causes events, as well as photos, will be updated at www.svb.com/svb-30-years/ and www.facebook.com/SVBFinancialGroup. Follow @SVB_Financial’s community service initiatives on Twitter with #SVB30. Points of Light is assisting SVB with the development and execution of these events worldwide.