The partners and employees of the Chicago office of KPMG has pledged to assist the students of Chicago’s Phoebe Hearst Elementary School, a commemoration of the 10th anniversary of September 11. On September 9, KPMG will send the school’s students on a field trip and, while they’re away, the firm will send in more than 300 volunteers to significantly enhance the learning environment for the more than 360 children who attend Phoebe Hearst every day.
The volunteer project, entitled, “Service in Remembrance,” will create 17 in-classroom libraries, overhaul the school’s unused school library, organize the reading room, create a student garden so the students can learn about growing healthy foods, and give three books to each of the students to take home to read, among other initiatives. Other projects on-site will include opportunities to increase the school’s connectivity with parents. These include the provision of Financial Literacy Workshops to all interested Phoebe Hearst parents and the creation of the school’s first student garden, which will be connected to the school’s curriculum and maintained by the parent volunteer group.
“Understanding the Mayor’s emphasis on education, we wanted to accomplish something extraordinary and impactful,” said KPMG Chicago Managing Partner Phil Rohrbaugh. “We are pleased to collectively focus our attention on Phoebe Hearst to significantly enhance the learning environment for the children and teachers there.”
KPMG’s 85 offices across the country identified more than 200 local non-profits to support for the “Service in Remembrance” initiative in memory of 9/11.