Monday, November 11, 2013

Fidelity Investments Continues Transforming Jacksonville Schools



More than 100 employees and guests of Fidelity Investments joined more than 100 students and faculty of Terry Parker High School in giving the school a proverbial facelift here September 7, during Fidelity’s Transformation Day projects. The projects were all funded by Fidelity and developed in partnership with HandsOn Jacksonville.

Throughout the course of the day, Fidelity volunteers and Terry Parker students painted multiple murals, assembled new furniture for the school’s media center and teachers’ lounge, built picnic tables, installed benches and herb gardens, landscaped, and painted throughout the campus. This is the fourth year of Fidelity Transformation Day projects in Jacksonville, but the first at Terry Parker High School. Previous projects were completed at Alfred I. duPont Middle School.

The ideas behind the specific projects were conceived during a community design day at the school earlier in the year. During the design day students, parents, teachers, and faculty from Terry Parker High School, executives and employees from Fidelity, project managers from HandsOn Jacksonville, Parent-Teacher Student Association members, and interested parties from the community toured the school and sat down to discuss ways to improve the school’s campus. Through guided discussion, the group formed a consensus in identifying major areas of concern, which formed the starting point of project development.



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One major concern voiced by the students of Terry Parker was the overall aesthetics and atmosphere of the library or media center. To improve upon the existing facility, Fidelity built and donated couches and coffee tables to create a lounge-esque area for students to utilize for studying and socialization.They also reorganized the media center computer systems to offer a more-open design and allow multiple groups or classes to use the lab at once without interfering with each other. Volunteers also painted mural panels to encircle three walls of the library, above the bookshelves, offering words and images of inspiration to students. The mural panels totaled more than 200 feet in length. Another group of Fidelity volunteers painted an employee-designed mural encircling the entrance way to the media center. This mural focused on a theme of college readiness, and featured the logo of the school alongside that of many Florida colleges and universities.

Another focus area for Transformation Day was the courtyard adjacent to the cafeteria. In this area, Fidelity volunteers built and stained eight wooden picnic tables and painted a large mural. Volunteers also upgrade the bistro courtyard, adjacent to the school’s culinary art facilities, by removing a dilapidated water fixture, mulching and landscaping the area, building and installing wooden benches, and installing vertical herb gardens for culinary students to cultivate ingredients for their dishes.

The remaining focus area of the Transformation Day was the teachers’ lounge. Volunteers gave the lounge a thorough cleaning, painted the mailboxes and counters with blackboard paint, painted a colorful mural, and assembled new tables, a couch, and a coffee table to make the lounge more welcoming to the Terry Parker staff. Additionally, volunteers conducted landscaping and painting throughout the campus.


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Thank you to all of the Fidelity Investments volunteers for your commitment to making a difference for the students and teachers!


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