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Vantage Bank Texas sponsored a $20,000 gift to Teach For America Rio Grande Valley to support the organization in adapting and innovating its program to meet the needs of all students during a challenging school year. More than 50 corps members and 200 alumni of Teach For America are teaching and serving in other educational roles throughout the Rio Grande Valley this fall reaching thousands of students.
“Our network of teachers and educators is focused on ensuring that our community’s most vulnerable students access high-quality learning this school year. We are committed to equipping educators with the tools and support they need to provide an excellent education for students,” said Teach For America Rio Grande Valley’s executive director, Ana Gonzalez.
During a year with many disruptions to learning, Teach For America has adapted its program to support teachers and students virtually or in-person as determined by local school districts. Teach For America teachers are utilizing innovative technology to encourage participation and engagement during a challenging time for many students. Additionally, teachers are focused on building and supporting the socio-emotional development for students often experiencing different traumas.
Another critical piece of Teach For America’s pivot has been frequent virtual one-on-one coaching for all of our corps members focused on improving their craft as a teacher but equally important on providing the emotional support to navigate the many challenges of being an educator this school year. Together, our community is working diligently to ensure it is not a year of lost learning for students.
Vantage Bank Texas sponsorship fuels the Rio Grande Valley’s educational system by finding, developing, and supporting educators committed to student success, especially during a pandemic. The quality of schools in the region will determine the future life opportunities for children and the ability for our communities to thrive. It is part of Vantage Bank Texas’s core mission to contribute to the growth and development of our communities through investment and involvement. During a time with so many challenges for the Rio Grande Valley, the support shows the commitment of the bank to support local nonprofit organizations which benefit children. “When our communities need us, Vantage Bank Texas, is here to help,” said Jim Collins, Chairman of the Board.
Through the value of teamwork, our community members bring out the best in others. Together educators, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and community members, ensure access to a high quality education for all children in the Rio Grande Valley.