What It’s Worth

What It’s Worth

Community Back-to-School Event Supports Neighborhood Afterschool Program

Author: Michelle Parish
Published Date: 9/21/2018

PlainsCapital Bank chipped in to help Dallas’ Jubilee Park and Community Center (JPCC) host its annual neighborhood block party to celebrate the start of the new school year. Hundreds of children and families from the Jubilee Park neighborhood turned out for the Back-to-Afterschool Bashon Sept. 13 for a fun-filled evening of games, activities, food, and entertainment.

Showcasing JPCC’s award-winning afterschool program, the annual Back-to-Afterschool Bashis designed to get students excited for the upcoming school year. The evening’s array of fun activities provided students the opportunity to earn “prize money” to purchase school supplies from the event pop-up store, which was manned by employee volunteers from PlainsCapital’s Compliance Department. The Bank contributed hundreds of supplies for the store including backpacks, notebooks, binders, pencils, and more, as well as art supplies and sports equipment. Members of PlainsCapital’s Wire Services Department helped to spearhead the school supply drive for the event. The store proved a popular attraction and gave Bank volunteers the opportunity to engage with the approximately 200 students who came in to buy something, helping them with their money and purchasing decisions.

Volunteers from PlainsCapital’s Corporate Marketing Department donated their time operating the concessions, grilling hot dogs and serving food and beverages to members of the community.

A highlight of the event was the opportunity for people to have their picture taken with Mo the Buffalo, PlainsCapital Bank’s live mascot.

Other sponsors joining PlainsCapital Bank in supporting the Back-to-Afterschool Bashincluded the Dallas Zoo, Dallas Public Library, Head Start of Greater Dallas, Parkland Hospital, and Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church.

JPCC is a catalyst for community renewal and enrichment for the Jubilee Park neighborhood, which encompasses 62-blocks in an underserved area of Southeast Dallas. A longtime partner with JPCC, PlainsCapital has supported numerous projects over the years, from donating sports equipment to participating in a multi-phase, neighborhood affordable housing initiative. PlainsCapital was also a major contributor to the renovation of JPCC’s Teen Place, home to its youth and teen afterschool programs. Along with the Teen Place, JPCC’s multi-facility campus includes a community center, resource center, two Head Start schools, a senior housing complex, and a three-acre park with soccer fields, basketball courts and playgrounds.

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