During the 2019 – 2020 Friends of RCHS has offered programmatic and financial support for
• Freshman Orientation – Friends covered all salary expenses for teachers for the oneweek
• Document cameras for English classrooms
• Vocabulary software for English classrooms
• Living and Learning History Program:
o Gilder Lehrman Living History
o Junior Class participation in Hamilton Education Program
o Full School trip to see Harriet the movie and subsequent education program
o Full School trip to Washington DC and African American History Museum
• AP Research and Seminar program support
• Band trip to Chicago
• PTSA shared initiatives for RCHS students
• Acquisition of grant for student-initiated debate club
• Emergency food and interventions for families in crisis
• Books for Media Center
• Camping Equipment for Freshman camping trip
• Teacher continuing education
• Alternative seating for students with attention issues; stand up desks, stools, carpets
• Art and Electives: Video Projection, microphones, lights, blue ray player, and smart
board repairs for drama class. Art Supplies (RPS provided $0 in funding for art supplies
to RCHS this year) including Kiln repair and maintenance
• Acquired onstage Piano for music program.
• Books and materials for schoolwide teacher development training.
• Trauma informed care training for teachers and administration.
• Environmental Science/ Greenhouse supplies – growing tables, plants, tools, hoses,
irrigation, weed mat, shelter
• Robotics Club – funding for traveling and T-shirts for team
• Special Events for Students, Harvest Fest, Winterfest, and Family (RCHS student families
where teacher is the “Family Head”) programs.
Friends of Richmond Community High School
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• Senior T-Shirts and Senior Class Fund for student unable to pay.
• Staff Incentives and Spirit Wear for administration and faculty
• Teacher Appreciation Program
• Taught students on nonprofit operations and fundraising strategies
NEW PROGRAMS IN 2020
As we face these uncertain times and the unprecedented closing of schools, Friends of RCHS
has refocused funding and focus this spring.
Mental Health Program
Friends of RCHS is working to raise funds through grants and business sponsorships for a
mindfulness space at school that will provide for students facing mental health challenges. The
space will allow for individuals to take a mental health break during the school day, provide
group support opportunities, and if possible have a weekly visiting counselor. The program will
address issues of trauma, anxiety, violence, poverty, and depression that have been
exacerbated by current world events. Our goal is to raise $25,000 to create the space and pay
for mental health training for staff and a visiting mental health practitioner.
Focusing on Family Needs
The Executive Director has assisted with meal distribution for RPS since the closing of school
and will continue to support this initiative when personally available and through engagement
with alumni. . In addition, we have reallocated additional funding to our family emergency fund
to prepare care boxes for families not receiving enough assistance. In a recent survey, 55% of
our student families have faced a loss in income. Many describe being food insecure but getting
their needs met by public and church programs. For our families with non-English speaking
parents they are facing additional challenges so we are working through the students to find
out what they need.
Ready for College Initiative
Friends of RCHS is seeking sponsors for seniors who have graduated and have plans to attend
college in the fall. These sponsors will help to buy dorm items or sponsor a “dorm in a box” for
students who may find having expendable money for these things difficult. We are also taking
donations of gently used items for dorm living like small refrigerators, bed risers, storage,
computers/tablets, and lamps. Items will be picked up the first two weeks of June from donors
and distributed to students in July. This program will be extended to students outside RCHS as
sponsors and donations become available.