Today’s guest blogger is NYCE team member, Jonelle Casey.
On Tuesday, October 15th, 2013, approximately 40 volunteers from National Grid and the City Year New York Civic Engagement (NYCE) team revitalized P.S. 86 The Irvington in Brooklyn, N.Y. Together, National Grid’s volunteers & the NYCE team completed wall murals, organized thousands of books, cleaned the chaotic basement, and provided kids’ services.
P.S. 86 The Irvington, which was once a nun’s convent and 120 years old, is now transformed into a more engaging school for the students of this school. This service day is also significant because the students of P.S. 86 do not have a gym to release their energy, instead, their excitement can be placed on reading, as popular fictional characters like Clifford, The Big Red Dog and Arthur came to life through the murals placed around the school!
Principal Sarduy expressed her gratitude for the volunteers’ work. “It really means a lot doing service . . . The essence of why we are here is about giving to someone else. Our students appreciate it.”
By the end of service, thanks to National Grid volunteers, the four-hundred and sixty students of P.S. 86 will have 10 sturdy and well stained bookshelves, four wall murals, clean and organized books in both the library and the basement, and a lesson about gases from the National Grid volunteers.
One of the students wrote a letter to a National Grid volunteer, thanking them: