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Posted March 21, 2013

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Bank of Albuquerque: A Valued Literacy Partner To The District

The Bank of Albuquerque has generously sponsored the Spring 2013 Horizon Grant cycle with a gift of $5,000 to be used to support literacy, which has long been a passion of the bank.

Bank of Albuquerque employee Lily Martinez reads to kindergarten students during a literacy activity sponsored by the bank.

The award will go to a school interested in purchasing books, supporting the school library in a creative way, and using employees in a meaningful grant activity.  Community Readers and members of the APS Education Foundation Board of Directors are currently reviewing all submitted grants.  Results will be announced in mid April.

APS has been fortunate to have the support of the Bank of Albuquerque for many years.  Last spring the bank, with the help of the Education Foundation, focused on literacy needs at four different elementary schools.  The events and activities at Chelwood, Dolores Gonzales, Emerson and Lew Wallace ran the gamut from bank associates reading aloud to students to volunteering to serve hot dogs at an evening literacy event.  The schools involved were delighted with the volunteers and the bank volunteers were delighted with the opportunity to make a difference.  Each school was presented with a $500 check for the school library at the culmination of the event.

Bank of Albuquerque has long supported the Join-a-School business partnership program and classroom teacher grants.   Bank donations in the last several years have helped with the purchase of books, both in English and Spanish, through the Horizon Award program.  The bank has also supported financial literacy in APS by speaking to secondary students on life skills and the importance of money management.  The Money Smart curriculum includes a variety of modules geared to grade levels and topics like an introduction to Bank Services, the importance of saving, an introduction to credit, installment loans, and checking accounts.   Bank personnel are always willing to speak to students on the financial services industry and general employability skills.  Schools can request guest speakers in specialized areas like investments and mortgages, as well.

In addition to being a valued Join-a-School partner, special literacy projects during National Children’s Book Week, sponsorship of the Horizon Awards through the Education Foundation, and participation in individual school activities, the bank has provided a variety of support to the APS Title I Homeless project for many years.   Also, the bank supports education through the Golden Apple awards.  This year four APS teachers were honored in the elementary school cycle.

The longstanding partnership contact, Francie Monteith, Senior Vice President of Community Relations, says “helping children learn to improve their reading skills is critical to their future success.  Our children are Albuquerque’s future and we are proud to do our small part in helping to prepare them today.”  Students and staff in APS are lucky to have a community partner like the Bank of Albuquerque to enhance literacy initiatives and provide support to public education.

 

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