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250 Volunteers Expected for School Transformation Day at Holmes Middle

More than 250 employee volunteers from Fidelity Investments will be working with students at Holmes Middle School on a School Transformation Day project.

Volunteers on Saturday will create an outdoor garden with large planter boxes as part of a larger STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) program that will be implemented by the Teach for American Southwest Ohio chapter.

Students will harvest crops year-round and will learn the science behind the planting inside the classroom. Additional volunteers will raise college awareness among students by providing bus seat covers with college logos which will also be painted throughout the campus.

Additional projects include:

•             Media Center Makeover – new paint and furniture will create a welcoming learning environment in the school’s library center; a financial literacy corner will be created and supplied with curriculum from Junior Achievement.

•             Welcome Kits – the new sixth graders at Holmes will be outfitted with welcome kits including encouraging handwritten notes from Fidelity volunteers.

•             Teacher Resource Room/Special Ed Classroom Makeover – hardwood floors, new structures to divide the room between the special ed department and teacher resource area, and furniture will be installed.

•             Visual Projects – repainting entry ways, adding murals and banners to enhance school spirit.

                This is the fourth year of Fidelity’s partnership with Holmes Middle School. Transformation events are part of Fidelity’s national partnership with HandsOn Network, an enterprise of Points of Light – the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, to help revitalize the learning environments and support the educational needs of more schools across the United States. HandsOn Network Central Ohio is a HandsOn Network local action center.

According to researchers and HandsOn Network, facility condition is found to be a stronger predictor of academic achievement than many family background factors and socio-economic conditions. Additionally, strong school, family and community involvement are key to addressing the school dropout crisis, fostering higher educational aspirations and more motivated students, the research says.

This “School Transformation Day” event in Covington represents one of 13 Fidelity led events taking place across the United States through this October in partnership with HandsOn Network.  The company’s annual “Transformation Days” are Fidelity’s largest employee volunteer effort, and in 2013 more than 2,800 Fidelity volunteers throughout the United States will contribute more than 10,500 service hours valued at more than $232,470*.  Fidelity’s aim is to ensure students in need receive a quality, core education delivered in an environment that helps them thrive.

Source: news release