On March 22, volunteers from school sponsors Apollo, Schreck Rose, and Change Team members took to the halls of P.S. 15 for the second annual CFK Beautification Day. “It was a delight to see our parents and teachers working alongside CFK sponsors and volunteers,” said Laura Salmon, the school’s literacy coach. “It’s amazing to me to see so many people give up their Saturday—it’s corny to say, but—out of the goodness of their hearts.”
There were two groups of painters this year—one revitalizing the third floor hallway with a fresh coat of paint and another creating a new mural on the second floor. Hour by hour, the second floor was transformed into different animal habitats: safari, ocean, and forest, complete with native animals.
CFK Board Chairman Nicolas Koechlin, wife Catherine, their two sons and a friend were all on hand to help with the painting, too.
Another group helped give beloved classroom toys a good spring cleaning, while a final group built a cityscape out of milk cartons, inspired by students’ drawings. Their milk carton creations will be placed in the school garden where they will serve as imaginative planters.
Reflecting on the day, Janet, a volunteer from Apollo who had brought her son along, said, “It’s very rewarding to do a project like this, especially when it pertains to kids. I love kids. So, I love it. It’s been great. And my five-year-old enjoyed it as well.”
“There wasn’t one project that didn’t give me a sense of joy,” said Laura Salmon, “because when the staff comes in and the students come in on Monday they will feel so cared for. It makes a huge difference to everyone in the building. It’s amazing.”
And here’s the reaction on Monday morning–pure joy. Thanks again to all our awesome volunteers, and a special shout out to our wonderful school sponsors, Apollo and Schreck Rose.