Back to School Just Got Better for One Boston SchoolAugust 15, 2013 Posted by: Meghan Mastronardi
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As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? If you're hanging around with Silicon Valley Bank, chances are you dreamed of being an inventor, an engineer, a computer whiz, a mathematician, a scientist. You're a cool bunch of kids, and we need more of you.
Regardless of their industry, virtually all of our technology based clients report a similar challenge year after year: Hiring workers with the skills they need is tough. Science, technology, engineering and math skills are in high demand at the startups and large companies that are driving innovation. The need for these skills is immediate, and long-term, so education, including elementary education, is a critical part of the equation to build a workforce that can continue to drive innovation and thrive in a global economy.
These are ambitious goals, and they start with a pretty simple foundation – a happy, healthy school environment.
With that in mind, 65 of Silicon Valley Bank's finest rolled up their sleeves this week to rejuvenate the grounds at Hennigan Elementary in Jamaica Plan, not far from our office and several incredible centers of technical education in the country. Last year, 630 K-5 students attended Hennigan, most of them from low-income families. We wanted to give the school some needed TLC and help create a place where the budding inventor, future hacker, and aspiring entrepreneur can pursue their dreams.
With direction from Boston Cares, we had several teams who painted murals and inspirational quotes, cleared garden beds, planted flowers, built benches and created an outdoor classroom area. "You guys were super-charged with energy and resourcefulness," said Rick Wallwork of Boston Cares. It's hard not to be when you're back at a school playground, in your third-grade mind, dreaming about your next invention.
Teachers and students will be returning soon, to a place we hope is a little happier and more inspiring than before.
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