On Saturday, March 23rd over 50 volunteers descended on P.S. 15 for our very first School Beautification Day at our newly adopted partner school. As a team, we transformed hallways and refreshed classrooms to warmly greet students and teachers when they arrive back from their well-deserved Spring Break.
P.S. 15 Change Team corporate sponsors TopSpin and Schreck Rose Dapello & Adams represented over half of the energetic and committed volunteers. We are thrilled to have such amazing corporate friends. The TopSpin team took over painting the entire second floor hallway, and then moved to the third floor to revamp the white walls of the music room into a colorful and welcoming space. The Shreck Rose team enthusiastically tackled cleaning the schools’ kindergarten rooms from top-to-bottom–every surface and toy in sight–including an excellent contact paper cubby project!
A major project for the day was revitalizing the schools’ entryway by painting a bright mural featuring scenes of students reading books outdoors through the four seasons. Featuring the schools’ logo and motto, the mural reflects the energetic, welcoming environment that the staff and students have created at P.S. 15.
The second floor, home to the school’s office and several classrooms, got a facelift as its white walls were painted a cheerful yellow. The schools’ music room, which is currently home to CFK Music teacher Ms. Terri’s class, was given new life with multicolored walls and trim.
Two kindergarten classes and one Pre-K class are going to return to gleaming, spotless classrooms, where they’ll be inspired to continue working hard. From chairs and tables to blocks and LEGOs, volunteers scrubbed, scrapped, and scoured each classroom.
The School Beautification Day at P.S. 15 made a tangible mark on the school, but also illustrated the deeper commitment Change for Kids has to create empowering learning environments. As stated by Laura, the P.S. 15 school literacy specialist, every beautiful wall or clean classroom signals to students that P.S. 15 and the students in it are truly important and special.