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updated: 12/5/2013 7:32 PM

Richard Henry Lee School scores big as "Adopt-A-School" partner

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  • Chicago Bulls players -- Erik Murphy and Taj Gibson join Leslie J. Anderson, SVP, Regional Head of Business Banking, BMO Harris Bank at Richard Henry Lee School's pep rally to celebrate the school's achievement of being selected as the 2013-2014 Adopt-A-School partner for this school year.

      Chicago Bulls players -- Erik Murphy and Taj Gibson join Leslie J. Anderson, SVP, Regional Head of Business Banking, BMO Harris Bank at Richard Henry Lee School's pep rally to celebrate the school's achievement of being selected as the 2013-2014 Adopt-A-School partner for this school year.
    Carolina Sanchez

 
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At a pep rally at Richard Henry Lee School BMO Harris Bank and the Chicago Bulls congratulated R.H Lee School for being selected as their 2013-2014 Adopt-A-School partner for this school year. The school will receive benefits throughout the year such as tickets to Bulls games, Bulls souvenirs and autographed items, facility upgrades and financial seminars led by BMO Harris Bank.

On December 3, the Chicago Bulls and BMO Harris Bank hosted an assembly at R.H. Lee to celebrate the school's achievement of becoming the 2013-2014 Adopt-A-School winner. Chicago Bulls players Taj Gibson and Erik Murphy, along with Benny the Bull, attended the assembly to show their support and commend students for their academic success. R.H. Lee School is a K-8 school in the West Lawn community with nearly 900 students.

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Before the pep rally, a BMO Harris Bank financial expert led R.H. Lee's eighth grade students in a financial literacy lesson where they discussed the importance of spending, saving and budgeting their money.

"In partnership with the Bulls, we congratulate the great students of Richard Henry Lee School for their achievements in the classroom and the community," said Leslie Anderson, SVP, Regional Head of Business Banking, BMO Harris Bank. "We know their hard work and commitment to excellence will lead to a successful and bright future."

In a continuing effort to support excellence in education, each year BMO Harris and the Chicago Bulls choose a new Chicago Public School to be adopted. The program encourages CPS students to demonstrate a commitment to their education by excelling in their schoolwork, and maintaining superior attendance records.

Adopt-A-School recipients are selected based on their answers to the questions: why they think their school should be the next "adopted school," what type of contributions they offer to help improve their surrounding communities, what the school hopes to accomplish in the community moving forward, and how the school can and will use the benefits if chosen.

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