Today’s guest blogger is Jonnelle Casey, from the New York Civic Engagement Team.
On October 18th, Alcoa volunteers and City Year New York’s Civic Engagement (NYCE) team served the students of P.S. 48 in the South Bronx in honor of Alcoa’s annual “Month of Service” and the company’s 125th anniversary.
During last year’s “Month of Service,” 60 percent of Alcoa’s workforce donated their time to service: Alcoa employees, families, neighbors and community groups reached 36,000 children, served more than 13,000 meals, and supported 2,050 nonprofit organizations. Alcoa has been serving alongside City Year New York for the past eight years.
The day kicked off with the student choir singing “Roar” by Katy Perry, while their teacher played the melody on a piano. The volunteers and the students then followed with a “Happy Birthday,” wishing Alcoa a happy 125th birthday. Klaus Kleinfeld, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Alcoa, presented the Principal of P.S. 48 with a $10,000 check for the school to use in their attendance and bullying prevention programs, which are two main focuses of the school this year.
After all of the excitement of Opening Program, Alcoa volunteers separated into different groups. While some built and stained bookshelves and others painted canvases and banners, others taught lessons on the science behind flight to 2nd and 3rd grade science classes. As a surprise to the students, Alcoa brought two corporate pilots in full uniform to answer questions about airplanes and flying.
The stained bookshelves will provide an organized structure for students to place their books, and the canvases and banner were sent to Hunts Point Recreational Center for their annual haunted house.
The service day ended with brief words from City Year New York’s Vice President and Executive Director, Erica Hamilton, and Peter Hong, Vice President and Treasurer of Alcoa, and newest member of the City Year New York Board. Mr. Hong received his red jacket – a symbolic part of City Year culture and uniform – and dedicated his red jacket to the corps members serving on the serving on the Alcoa-sponsored P.S 424 and P.S 48 teams.