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Posted January 19, 2017

Reginald Chavez Begin Quest to Become an IB School

A $10,000 grant from Southwest Capital will help the elementary school start the process as well as support other innovative classroom and school proposals.

Southwest Capital Bank will make an impact on public education in Albuquerque this year through a $10,000 grant to the APS Education Foundation.

Southwest Capital Bank, a longtime supporter of the Foundation, will help Reginald Chavez Elementary School as it begins its quest to become an International Baccalaureate school and also will support the Foundation’s work as its awards funding to innovative classroom and schoolwide proposals.

“We are proud to help Reginald Chavez Elementary School as it begins its quest to become an International Baccalaureate school and we’d like to thank the teachers and administrators for their constant work to improve the educational opportunities of Albuquerque students,” said Southwest Capital Executive Vice President Arellana Cordero. “Our future as a community hinges upon the success of our students today. There’s a lot of need in our community and as I often tell my daughters, the cornerstone to individual success is community success and we all can play a part in this work.”

Southwest Capital is headquartered at 1410 Central Ave. SW and has ongoing partnerships with Washington Middle School. Reginald Chavez also is located in the Old Town area, where it hopes to become even more inviting and engaging to parents through the high-rigor IB effort. Sandia High School is the only school in APS to have IB certification.

“Southwest Capital’s reach in the district is significant and its belief in students and educators is authentic,” said Foundation Executive Director Phill Casaus. “We are so grateful for all the things the bank does to help kids in APS.”

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