INDIANAPOLIS - Cassidy Turley, the number one Indianapolis-area commercial real estate brokerage, is sponsoring an all-school ice cream social for the 325 students of Robert Lee Frost Elementary School 106 on Friday, June 8 at 1:30 p.m. This year-end bash celebrates the successful completion of another year of the Winners Walk Tall character and values development program—and the continued flourishing of a partnership that has been making a tangible impact at IPS 106.
“Cassidy Turley’s involvement is making a big difference in many of our students’ lives,” said Principal Tina Foster. “They’re professional people who have been doing invaluable motivational mentoring and character education with our students.”
Through the Winners Walk Tall program, Cassidy Turley employees visit a particular School 106 classroom every two weeks to teach an interactive lesson on character and values — lessons that teachers simply do not have the time and resources to cover as they focus on core subjects like math, science and English. Winners Walk Tall topics include everything from goal-setting, to how to care for the environment, to the importance of giving back to the community and standing up for others.
Cassidy Turley has been involved with Winners Walk Tall in IPS for 11 years.
“It’s all about forming relationships outside of traditional class time,” explained Foster. “Students want to meet expectations when they see they have someone else pulling for them. It’s priceless when there is someone else who shows they care.”
Blaire Huntley is one Cassidy Turley employee who has invested heavily in the program this year—and found it more than worth her while.
“Youth today are bombarded with technology and social media and are trying so desperately to compete with celebrities and false images of perfection. It’s a lot of pressure,” said Huntley. “One of the most memorable lessons I did with my class of sixth-grade girls this year centered on being thankful for what you do have, and the responsibility we all have to give back to our communities. I brought in pictures of celebrities and talked about their community involvement and how they’ve given back. I think this resonated with the girls because they realized that many of the people they look up to did not abandon their commitment to public service once they became famous.”
Goal setting has been another major lesson for Huntley’s class this year. To put the concept into practice, students have been filling out a ‘Get Active’ log, with the aim of charting 30-60 minutes of activity each day. The class also decided to make a group goal that would leave a lasting, physical legacy at School 106.
“The girls said, ‘Let’s dedicate something to the school.’ So they decided they wanted to plant a tree,” added Huntley. “From there, we partnered with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and planted it right in front of the school so the students could watch it grow. It actually ended up becoming a larger Cassidy Turley effort, too. Not long after some of my colleagues found out what we were doing, I had someone offer to build bird houses for the tree, while others donated time and additional materials to the project. It was pretty neat to see it all come together.”
In addition to the Winners Walk Tall curriculum, representatives from Cassidy Turley sat down with Principal Foster earlier in the year to find out how to best partner with the school financially. As a result, the company and its employees donated items most needed by IPS 106 during the annual Indy BackPack Attack initiative. Cassidy Turley has also created and donated custom Robert Lee Frost lanyards and other items to the school’s ‘Magic Hat’ incentive program. Through this program, students can earn ‘Mustang Money’ for good behavior and use this currency to purchase items from the Magic Hat store, whether necessities like socks, underwear and deodorant, or fun items like the school lanyards, toy airplanes and more.
“Students look forward to the ice cream social each spring,” added Foster. “It’s truly a fun way to cap off a great year. Cassidy Turley has been wonderful to School 106. The progress we’ve seen in students’ lives simply isn’t possible without partners like them.”
About Cassidy Turley
Cassidy Turley is a leading commercial real estate services provider with more than 3,600 professionals in more than 60 offices nationwide. The firm completed transactions valued at $22 billion in 2011, manages 455 million square feet on behalf of institutional, corporate and private clients and supports more than 28,000 domestic corporate services locations. Cassidy Turley serves owners, investors and tenants with a full spectrum of integrated commercial real estate services— including capital markets, tenant representation, corporate services, project leasing, property management, project and development services, and research and consulting. Cassidy Turley enhances its global service delivery outside of North America through a partnership with GVA, giving clients access to commercial real estate professionals in 65 international markets. The Indianapolis Business Journal 2012 Book of Lists ranks Cassidy Turley as the #1 Indianapolis-area commercial real estate brokerage and the #1 Indianapolis-area commercial property management firm. Cassidy Turley has been named one of the “Best Places to Work in Indiana” by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce for each of the past six years. Please visit www.cassidyturley.com for more information.