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Fidelity Investments Transformation Day

Fidelity Investments, one of the world’s largest providers of financial services, today announced that it has committed to be a significant business partner with Alfred I. duPont Middle School as part of the new Read it Forward Jax program, which is designed to help improve reading performance for students in grades K-12.

Fidelity Investments, with Mayor Alvin Brown, School Board Chair W.C. Gentry, School Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals and Florida State Representative Charles McBurney in attendance, said it is purchasing book sets for all 40 of duPont Middle School’s classrooms, or a total of 4,000 books. This represents the largest corporate commitment to Read It Forward Jax to date.  duPont Middle School is a Title 1 school in which a high percentage of its students are on a free or reduced lunch program. The school also has a high percentage of students who speak English as a second language.

The announcement was made during Fidelity Investments’ 2nd Annual Transformation Day at duPont Middle School in partnership with HandsOn Jacksonville, a HandsOn Network local action center. More than 100 Fidelity Investments employees and representatives from HandsOn Jacksonville volunteered a day of service at the school to work on projects including an outdoor classroom, a mural painting, mosaic art installment, planting a new garden, creating college t-shirt ceiling tiles and other design projects incorporating motivational and educational messages.

“I applaud Fidelity Investments for their new, first of its kind public-private partnership with Alfred I. DuPont Middle School. I am proud to see a local company’s commitment to being a good neighbor and investing in our community’s future through our schools and children,” said Mayor Brown. “I will continue to work with the city’s Education Commissioner Donnie Horner and the Duval County School Board to create more successful public-private partnerships for our city.”     

School Superintendent Pratt-Dannals added: “We are so thankful for the tangible and intangible contributions Fidelity Investments has made to the students and staff at duPont Middle. Fidelity Investments has devoted countless hours to improve the learning environment for these students and provide them with the necessary materials to excel in the classroom.”

Today’s day of service was part of Fidelity Investments’ national partnership with HandsOn Network -- the volunteer activation division of Points of Light Institute and largest volunteer network in the nation -- to help revitalize the learning environments and support the educational needs of 10 middle schools across the United States.

The ongoing partnership that Fidelity has established with duPont Middle School represents a multi-level strategy to encourage employee and student interaction throughout the year and to support middle school education. Fidelity employee volunteers will continue to work with school administrators and students to define projects that will help middle school students grasp the urgency of high school preparedness and the importance of a college education.

 “We are honored to partner with Alfred I. duPont Middle School,” said Jennifer Chapman, Public Affairs Director for Fidelity Investments. “By renovating the learning environment of these students, we hope to bring a renewed positive energy to the school and a heightened enthusiasm for learning. We also recognize that quality public education leads to better quality of life and a more robust economy so it’s important for us to give back to local students and the school system in big and meaningful ways.”

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