By: Manny Citron
Late last month on Wednesday, March 27, PhillyRising partnered with the City Year, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and the Salvation Army to host a clean-up and painting project for kids in the Lawncrest neighborhood. Earlier that month, the City Year team at Ben Franklin Elementary School had reached out to us about a community project during spring-break. PhillyRising has worked on many successful projects with City Year and was happy for an opportunity to partner with them in Lawncrest. We reached out to our other partners in the neighborhood were able to put together a plan for an outstanding community project.
City Year needed an indoor location to prepare a number of paintings for the library at Ben Franklin so we reached out to the staff at Lawncrest Recreation Center and they arranged for us to use their gym as a painting area. PhillyRising was also able to provide paint and paintbrushes for this part of the project. The clean-up portion of the day of service involved sending students out to clean at Ben Franklin Elementary School and at the Salvation Army Tabernacle Corps on Rising Sun Avenue. The Salvation Army building is used as the annex for Ben Franklin Elementary; an overflow students attend classes at this location. In addition to the clean-up, the students were able to prepare the teaching garden at the Salvation Army for the spring growing season.
A total of 85 local elementary school students came out to help that day. In addition, Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz and Philadelphia Managing Director Richard Negrin stopped in to speak with students and volunteers at the start of the day.
Manny Citron is the Northeast Divison Coordinator for PhillyRising. Manny.firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay tuned for PhillyRising updates every Friday.