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RGSD Celebrates JAG Program
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Monday, March 25, 2019
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The Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program will celebrated its 4th year at Riverview Gardens High School during an extraordinary event on April 12. The JAG program offers students work-based learning experiences, including career exploration, job fairs, part-time jobs and internships.

The celebration included remarks from JAG student Mark Davis, JAG Specialist Denontrel Brownlee and Regions Bank Vice President of Community Devlopment Eric Madkins.

From the start, the JAG program at RGHS has been funded by Regions Bank. Regions Bank has provided direct investment/contribution to JAG-Missouri, which has been allocated to the RGHS program. In addition to financial support, Regions Bank provides guest speakers, financial education, long-term mentors and other resources for the program.

Approximately 63,000 students across the country participate in JAG in year. JAG-Missouri serves 22 schools, including RGHS. This year 43 RGHS students are in the program. JAG is geared toward students who have academic potential but also face significant barriers. Those barriers include poverty, challenging family situations and a history of personal trauma.

JAG, at its core, is a school-to-work program that plays a major role in helping our students graduate and preparing them to be college and career ready,” said Scott Spurgeon, Riverview Gardens School District Superintendent.“We are excited about continuing this tremendous partnership with Regions Bank.”

“This anniversary celebrates four years, hundreds of local students and endless future opportunities,” said Mike Hart, St. Louis-Area Market Executive for Regions Bank and a JAG Missouri board member. “Through JAG, students are unlocking their potential and discovering ways to build a rewarding career. Regions Bank is proud to partner to support a school district and a program that helps level the playing field and empowers more young men and women to succeed.”

The celebration also incuded performances by the Riverview Gardens High School Jazz Band and Gentlemen of Vision.