Thanks to the non-profit Heart of America and volunteers from Capital One, students at Elizabeth D. Redd Elementary now have a more inviting and exciting library and media center space.
In a half-day blitz on December 7, dozens of Capital One volunteers executed the Heart of America plan for the Tech Corner, which included new carpeting, a smart board, desktop computers, and new desks and chairs designed to foster a collaborative learning environment. Volunteers also placed inspiring quotes on the walls and painted new murals in the hallway leading to the media center, with the assistance of the local non-profit Art on Wheels.
Immediately following the makeover, a ribbon-cutting event was held with Mayor Levar Stoney, School Board Members Linda Owen and Jonathan Young, and Interim Superintendent Tommy Kranz in attendance. Capital One volunteers then spent time playing games with students and teaching fun lessons about financial literacy.
About Our Project Partners
Capital One is committed to supporting organizations including Heart of America that create a positive impact in local communities, including Richmond. Capital One partners with Heart of America to put technology and books into the hands of children in low-income communities and to create innovative technology labs and libraries in their schools. Since 2002, the organizations have supported the foundational literacy skills of tomorrow’s future leaders and worked to bridge the digital divide by donating 1.4 million books valued at $10.9 million to 609,900 students. Capital One associate volunteers annually donate and distribute books, engage in digital learning activities with students, and renovate outdated technology Corners, keeping the opportunity for success within reach for students in their communities.
Heart of America
The Heart of America Foundation, a national nonprofit headquartered in the Washington, D.C. Metro area, transforms spaces into modern learning environments so that students and communities can learn and grow. Through the its educational space transformation program, the Heart of America revitalizes technology labs, school libraries, gyms and other educational spaces in under-resourced communities into vital and vibrant centers of learning. Since 1997, Heart of America has provided children in need with more than 4 million library and take-home books and vital technology and has transformed nearly 400 educational spaces nationwide. The organization has engaged volunteers in more than one million hours of service to communities across the country. For more information, please visit www.heartofamerica.org