Building a Better Mind presented by BBVA Compass

The Houston Dynamo and BBVA Compass launched its Building a Better Mind initiative. The program will provide reading and financial literacy lessons this week at The Rusk School in Houston’s East End as part of their Building a Better Mind campaign.

Dynamo players Colin Clark, Adam Moffat, Brian Ownby and Nathan Sturgis, along with BBVA Compass and Dynamo officials, read to students in kindergarten through second grade. The event is part of BBVA Compass’ literacy program, Reading Counts, which promotes the importance of reading to children and provides free books to students.

“We want to be involved in our community and with the help of our players and BBVA Compass officials, we have tried to make an impact at The Rusk School,” said Dynamo President Chris Canetti. “This is the start of a long commitment we have made to this neighborhood.”

Teach Children to Save lessons will be taught by BBVA Compass and Dynamo officials all week at The Rusk School. The lessons make learning about money fun and allow bankers to help students understand the basic principles of using money wisely.

“Literacy and vocabulary are essential to success in school and life,” said Tiffany Dunne, executive vice president of Corporate Communications and Corporate Responsibility for BBVA Compass. “Our Reading Counts program aims to improve literacy and build vocabulary, especially among children who live in low-income neighborhoods.”

Below is a summary of the Building a Better Mind initiative:

  • 9 Classes of students in grades K-2 received the BBVA Compass Teaching Children to Save Lesson Plan impacting 270 students
  • 8 Groups of Students in grades K-2 were shown the importance of reading through participating in the Building A Better Mind Reading Moment event, impacting 240 students
  • 240 Students in grades K-2 were gifted with one (1) new scholastic book to take home
  • 533 Students in grades Pre-K – 8 were gifted with a $5 voucher by the
  • Five (5) Houston Dynamo Executives and four (4) BBVA Compass Executives volunteered as Teaching Children to Save Lesson Plan leaders
  • Four (4) Houston Dynamo Players volunteered as BBVA Compass Reading Counts leaders
  • The first Building a Better Mind Reading Nook presented by BBVA Compass was developed and completed, offering students a “Dynamized” area in the Rusk Elementary School Library where they can enjoy stories read to them by teachers or volunteers.