Over the past few weeks, we’ve been working with Friends of Adaire, and the Comcast Cares team to develop a number of simple design solutions to help our neighborhood elementary school—Alexander Adaire Elementary—in any way we could. Everyone knows that America’s public schools are struggling to make ends meet, and Philadelphia Public Schools are no exception—actually our schools are struggling more than most.
We created simple, bright, fun design solutions that could be implemented on a tight budget with volunteer labor. We picked paint colors, sketched a few elevations and held our breath until Saturday, April 25th, when it all came together. The Friends of Adaire were joined by hundreds of volunteers from the community and had the generous help of the Comcast Cares team and their generous funding that helped make our day of cleaning, painting, enlivening and helping out possible.
It is truly amazing what a little bit of thought and a lot of man power can accomplish in a single day. The volunteer team scrubbed away dirt, repainted and brightened up the entire exterior of the school building, painted a mural for the kindergarteners, cleaned and repainted the gym, installed a gallery wall for the teachers to display their student’s work, painted signage for the now impossible-to-miss library, and reinvigorated the main entrance of the school.
We made lots of friends, got dirty and covered in paint, were completely exhausted, but were overwhelmingly impressed by the difference we made in a single day. We are proud to have been part of such an impactful event.
Photo credits: Andrew Nicholas for Pixel Parlor and Lindsay Estes Li