We wanted to give a special congratulations to our Business Development Officer, Trevia Chatman, for a recent recognition she received from Shelby County Schools. SCS’s Division of Family and Community Engagement selected Trevia to be a panelist on last week’s 2015 SCS Education Forum, based on the school engagement efforts she has led at Orion.
Under her leadership, Orion has strengthened and deepened its ties with SCS in adopting several schools across Shelby County. Below, Trevia shares her thoughts on the importance of business/school partnerships and the far-reaching impact they have for everyone involved.
“When adopting a school, the best place to start is by sitting down with the principal to discover the needs of their particular school and asking what kind of support they would like to see. I have found that while monetary donations are always appreciated, schools are often looking for community partners who will also put in time and human resources.
“Businesses should embrace the opportunity for their employees to volunteer in efforts that help shape our great city’s future: our children. Chaperoning a field trip, reading to a first grade class, and participating in career days are impactful and timeless moments that truly make a difference in a child’s life.
“But the effects of corporate volunteering don’t stop with students! SCS employees receive a tremendous sense of community when they see your presence. Your employees receive a morale boost as well, knowing they work for a company that is committed to being a catalyst for good in the community.”