During the 2019 – 2020 Friends of RCHS has offered programmatic and financial support for

the following:

• Freshman Orientation – Friends covered all salary expenses for teachers for the oneweek

program.

• 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

201 East Brookland Park Blvd, Richmond VA 23222 (804) 475-6134

Rchsfund@gmail.com

www.supportrchs.com

• 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.

CONNECT​ WITH US:​​

rchsfund@gmail.com

201 E. Brookland Park Blvd
Richmond, VA 23222

RCHSfund@gmail.com

(804) 475-6134
(804) 780-4332
Friends of Richmond Community High School, 501c3

Executive Director

Alison Owens