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Sharing the Joy of Reading with Atlanta Students

Over 30 volunteers from Morgan Stanley traveled to schools throughout the Atlanta Public Schools district to read to Pre-K students and promote cultural diversity.

For Rob Rumley, the volunteer work reading to students in Atlanta was more than just a good deed.  It brought memories of how he first conceived of becoming a Financial Advisor.

He was one of more than 30 Morgan Stanley Wealth Management employees who volunteered to read a book to pre-kindergarten students in Atlanta Public Schools this past May.  Each volunteer arrived at a different school in the district to experience the joy of reading with the students–1,100 children in all.

Rob, who is a Morgan Stanley Vice President and Financial Advisor based in Atlanta, chose to read at Usher Elementary School, and that prompted him to recall the day of how he first learned about the job he would one-day fill. 

"When I was 10 years old, a classmate's Dad came in to read to our class," Rob recalled. "He was charismatic, and he happened to mention he was a stockbroker. That was the first time I had heard about that job and I couldn't get that career idea out of my head. You never know what positive impressions storytelling–as well as sharing–can make in a young person's life."  

At Scott Elementary School, Walter Jameson, a Morgan Stanley Managing Director and Atlanta Perimeter Complex Manager, read to an eager group of students. The students in his classroom also got to taste rice and beans prepared by their teachers as a tribute to “Rice & Rocks,” where the 'rocks' in the title represent beans.

Each of the volunteers read from the children’s book, “Rice & Rocks”, which is written by Sandra Richards, Managing Director.  The book celebrates family, and teaches children the value of their heritage and the importance of cultural diversity.

Sandra read from her book to three classrooms at Toomer Elementary School. While “Rice & Rocks” serves as a loving tribute to her nephew, Giovanni, who died from meningitis at 8 years old, it also teaches young children about cultural diversity and the importance of learning about their own heritages. At the end of the day, each student was given a copy of “Rice & Rocks” to take home, with over 1,500 books donated in total.

Morgan Stanley encourages its employees to give back to the community both financially and through firm-sponsored volunteer projects that take place year-round. In fact, each June, the firm’s Atlanta offices participate in Morgan Stanley’s Global Volunteer Month.

The events took place on May 1.