On Monday, for the third consecutive school year, employees from Dallas area based Fossil Group Inc., and Fossil Foundation collaborated with Dallas Teacher Residency to connect with schools and students in Dallas Independent School District – this year focusing their efforts at Hillcrest High School. The volunteer efforts, part of Fossil’s bi-annual Greater Together Tour, inspire their employees to get involved in their communities and get connected to causes they are most passionate about.
“As an organization that prides itself on being innovative, I am continuously impressed by Fossil’s commitment to the communities they serve,” said Dallas Teacher Residency Co-Founder, Rob DeHaas. “Over the course of the last several years, through their volunteer efforts, Fossil has been gracious enough to provide authentic and purposeful learning opportunities to students within Dallas Independent School District – which the students greatly benefit from.”
During the afternoon, Fossil employees taught a lesson in Micro-Lending to nearly 30 Hillcrest Seniors in Ms. Angela Uno’s Economics class. Ms. Uno, a first year teacher at Hillcrest High School, is a recent graduate of the Dallas Teacher Residency program and was hired by the school upon program completion.
The Micro-Lending lesson specifically taught students about KIVA, a global lending platform. The exercise allowed the student groups to make real time investment decisions and allocate funding to global entrepreneurs – a decision that was not always straight forward according to one of the participating students.
“We were forced to make really difficult decisions,” said the student, a Senior at Hillcrest. “By funding the project we eventually selected, a person across the globe is almost halfway to reaching their funding goal – it is pretty cool that today I got to make a real financial difference in a person’s life.”
In all, over $600 in funding provided to the students by Fossil was allocated to individuals around the globe from communities with limited access to financial capital.
“As a school that has recently implemented the International Baccalaureate Program, we are always looking for innovative ways to engage our students in higher levels of thinking,” said Mark Ramirez, the Executive Director of the Hillcrest Feeder Pattern. “Opportunities such as this provided by Fossil expose our students to professionals in the field – while also allowing our students to make real world connections to what they are learning in the classroom.”
Since 2014, through their Greater Together Tour and in collaboration with Dallas Teacher Residency, Fossil has engaged nearly 50 company volunteers directly with students and schools in Dallas Independent School District – and provided nearly $2500 in funds to students to invest in global entrepreneurial initiatives through the KIVA platform.