Bulls and BMO Harris Bank celebrate their Adopt-A-School program at Brown Elementary
April 23, 2012—The Chicago Bulls and BMO Harris Bank hosted an assembly on Monday afternoon with students from William H. Brown Elementary to celebrate the school being selected as their 2011-12 Adopt-A-School partner.
Bulls players Jimmy Butler and John Lucas III were on hand, as well as ambassadors Bob Love and Sidney Green, radio announcer Chuck Swirsky, and team mascot Benny the Bull.
As a special treat, one lucky student was chosen as the honorary ball person for the final Bulls regular season home game on Thursday, April 26 versus the Cleveland Cavaliers. The student will get the opportunity to rebound for the team during their pregame shootaround.
BMO Harris Bank also announced they will donate $2 for every point the Bulls score during their 2012 playoff run to William H. Brown Elementary through their “Baskets for Brown” initiative. Additionally, the Bulls and BMO Harris Bank surprised the students by revealing they will donate funds to have the school’s cafeteria refurbished. The cafeteria is used by students for study halls and after-school activities, and will be updated with computer stations, loading docks for iPads, and educational games.
After the assembly, Alma Ortiz from BMO Harris Bank led the seventh and eighth grade students in a financial literacy lesson inspired by the bank's “Helpful Steps for Parents” program. In celebration of Financial Literacy Month, the lesson provided students with useful tools for saving, spending and budgeting their money.
Through the Chicago Bulls and BMO Harris Bank Adopt-A-School Program, the organizations actively support one local school a year by offering assets to the school to encourage students to excel in their studies and help maintain superior attendance records. As the 2011-12 Adopt-A-School partner, William H. Brown Elementary also receives special benefits such as tickets to select Bulls games, school appearances by Bulls personalities and tours of the United Center.