Check out this amazing video of our AF Ambassadors going ALL IN to help revitalize Cashman Middle School, a 50-year-old school in Las Vegas, prior to our annual convention.
Ashley Patterson pulled together agents from all over Texas to assist in the creation of two large murals located in the school’s cafeteria and front entryway. Volunteers also helped to plant new flowers along the front of the school, install new blinds in the library, repaint outdoor play areas, and more. NLG’s Senior VP Louis Puglisi and West Coast VP Mike Duncan even rolled up their sleeves and helped paint and plant flowers. The Dallas Independent School District’s Chief of Schools Stephanie Elizalde spoke during the event right before Ashley presented the school’s principal with a surprise $2,000 scholarship plus an additional $500 that she donated to help a school staff member in need.
DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) –
This is no trick, students are in for a real treat when they return to school on Monday as more than 40 volunteers gathered at the campus of Citizens Academy on Saturday to give the school a mid-year makeover.
The school is housed in a 1960s building that sat vacant for a decade. Original, bullet-hole-torn window coverings were replaced, the playground was repainted, and a local artist lead volunteers in creating a large mural.
The 15-foot-by-15-foot mural will incorporate the school’s seven virtues and the Cleveland skyline. Volunteers will utilize a paint-by-numbers system, designed by local artist Nicolette Capuano, to fill in an outline that the artist creates.
Citizens Academy, a publicly-funded charter school under the Breakthrough Schools umbrella, places a strong emphasis on incubating global ambassadors and promoting community service. It is in alignment with the local office of national financial planning powerhouse, Appreciation Financial, who is funding and spearheading the project.
All equipment, paint and materials will be supplied by Appreciation Financial. Every quarter, Appreciation Financial selects cities where they do business to perform service projects to help instill their corporate motto of giving back.
“We are overjoyed to receive such a generous donation and know that this mural will be a wonderful addition to the school,” says Kimberly Peterlin, Principal at Citizens Academy. “I can’t wait until our students, teachers and faculty see the finished product. It’s sure to have a long-lasting impact on this school.”
Citizens Academy was the first in its charter network to open in Ohio in 1999 and was named a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education in 2011.
Eighty of Houston’s top financial services professionals arrived at Houston Academy for International Studies Saturday where dozens of buckets of paint, planks of wood, and shovels will awaited them to transform the recently vandalized campus into a warm, inviting, campus the high school students can be proud of.
Each year, national financial services powerhouse, Appreciation Financial, selects cities where they do business to do service projects to help instill their corporate motto of giving back. Houston Academy for International Studies was spotted on the local news by company executives when the campus was targeted by vandals.
CEO Terry Kennedy knew his team help, “Teachers and students are working hard each day to create a future, they don’t deserve to have to walk past graffiti. We are going to give these kids a place to learn where they can be proud to come to school each day.”
Houston Academy for International Studies Principal Melissa Jacobs welcomed the volunteers, “I thank the group for selecting our campus for this gift,” said Jacobs. “We work hard to prepare students for careers and life with a focus on international studies – we want them to have a campus to launch from that they are proud of. This is an amazing way to highlight our students and staff!”
The volunteers repainted several areas of the campus. They also built garden boxes that now stand ready to energize the school’s gardening club. The makeover was topped off with a transformation of the schools plain cafeteria and multipurpose room into a colorful, space highlighting the urban contemporary feel of the school’s location and flags from around the world.
The highlight of the day was Dominique Moore, Vice President of Appreciation Financial surprising Principal Jacobs with a gift of a $2,500 scholarship for one student she will select who embodies true appreciation for their campus and classmates. The funds are intended to help the student travel as the school has a strong focus on learning about other countries and cultures and creating global citizens out of Houston natives.
“I’m excited to learn who will earn the scholarship,” said Moore. “Principal Jacobs has done phenomenal work and we are honored to provide her some additional resources to ensure these deserving students thrive.”
As one of the leading retirement planning organizations in the Country, Appreciation Financial is working in partnership with the district STEM Education program and the Council for Educational Change to implement an Executive PASS program at John I. Leonard Community High. The partnership is designed to benefit district wide STEM Initiatives. Appreciation Financial has generously donated $5,000.00 to assist with the development of these two very important programs.
Through the Executive PASS Program, Appreciation Financial is working to support the growing need for personal and professional Leadership/Mentoring for extraordinary students in need of help and guidance on their path towards accomplishing great things in the classroom and in life. With the already growing success of the District STEM Initiative, Appreciation Financial is further working to actually embed themselves into the classrooms of specific STEM related Academy’s by working with the Teacher/Instructor at John I. Leonard Community High to implement programs that greatly help students by having ‘real world’ application in areas of math and personal finance.
“We are very thankful to have the opportunity to work so closely with the STEM Education Program by helping to head up these very important new Initiatives” says Richard Schaffer, Retirement Specialist and National Field Vice President with Appreciation Financial. “To be in a position to provide actual ‘hands on’ support and assistance for such meaningful and important Initiatives, is truly gratifying indeed!”
Students receive a better understanding between text book knowledge and actual real world experience. They also get a definitive leg up and competitive advantage in the ever challenging workforce/marketplace. Appreciation Financial extends its thanks to the Principal of John I Leonard High School, Ed Tierney, along with its Finance Academy Director, Richard Molzer, for providing them the privilege and opportunity to work so closely with the school and students.
For more information regarding this partnership, please contact Richard Schaffer with Appreciation Financial at: firstname.lastname@example.org -561.350.7557 or Eric Creekmore at email@example.com – 954-812-2292.
Appreciation Financial’s annual national sales convention just took place in Las Vegas and a school makeover was the first event on the agenda. To solidify the company’s value of showing appreciation and giving back to the community, Appreciation Financial’s Ambassador program surprised over 80 unknowing agents at noon on Sunday, January 4 with the arrival of a charted bus in front of the Mandalay Bay Resort where they were told only that they were going to board and be taken on a ride to participate in something great.
Once aboard, the convention planning team passed out t-shirts and revealed that they were traveling to Fay Herron Elementary School in North Las Vegas to give the school grounds a much needed and long overdue campus make-over. They were briefed on the history of deserving Fey Herron Elementary School and were informed they were going to spend the day giving back to the community of Las Vegas.
When the bus arrived 25 minutes later, CCSD Trustee-Elect Kevin Child welcomed Appreciation’s Leadership, national sales force, and staff who were then equipped with power washers, paint, brushes, lumber, and other supplies.
This massive revved up crew rolled up their sleeves, split into groups, scattered throughout the campus, and for the entire afternoon worked various projects from cleaning floor surfaces, building benches, painting hopscotch on the playground pavement, and beautifying school walls with artistic paint patterns along the main entry hall and classroom wings.
Now, the Fay Herron student body will enjoy an updated and beautiful campus to return to after the winter break. Terry Kennedy, Appreciation Financial’s CEO, reflected on the entire experience in a blog post saying “I couldn’t be more proud of everyone at Appreciation Financial who worked so hard alongside me to make a positive difference in these children’s lives. I hope each volunteer will go back to their community and recreate this effort.”
Watch the story from Fox 5 Las Vegas above or on their site at http://www.fox5vegas.com/clip/11004327/school-gets-makeover-thanks-to-volunteers.
Ambassador Elite program sponsors turkey bowling event, scores a strike with educators
Hardworking educators at North Las Vegas’ Cheyenne High School were treated to an afternoon of laughs and each scored their own thanksgiving turkey courtesy of Appreciation Financial’s Ambassador Elite program – but there was a catch – Principal April Key wasn’t going to let the coveted poultry go home easy – she required her staff to face off in a turkey bowling match to earn the Thanksgiving birds.
Keys filled the school’s cafeteria with cheering students while staff took a turn rolling and tossing a frozen turkey down makeshift lanes in an attempt to knock down real bowling pins.
While it may sound simple, getting a 20 pound frozen turkey into pins dozens of feet away is no easy task. Appreciation Financial President and CEO Terry Kennedy cheered as staff aimed for strikes. Equally as difficult was rounding up nearly 50 frozen turkeys for the event. “I’m honored we could pull this off for the amazing staff at Cheyenne High School,” said Kennedy. “Finding this many turkeys that were just right proved to be a challenge but that’s what the Ambassador Elite program is all about – we come through for school leaders so they can focus on the important work of educating students.”
Also in attendance to be a part of the fun was Appreciation Financial Senior Agency Manager Tony Polise. “We gave the turkeys to the caring staff here and in turn they will be sharing with their families at holiday events,” said Polise. “That is the best part about this fun event,” he added.
After an afternoon of laughs, nearly 50 Cheyenne High School staff went home with the key ingredient to their family’s thanksgiving feast courtesy of Appreciation Financial. “We are serious about giving back to the communities we do business in,” said Kennedy. “Appreciation is not just our name, it’s our culture and there’s no better time to show that than the holidays.”