Last week, DreamYard participated in Macy's Annual Give Back Day. For months we have worked with their team, DY Prep High School staff, the DOE and the principals at the Taft Educational Campus to create a wishlist of repairs and upgrades to the school that would be completed by both professional Macy's contractors and volunteers while students were off on their summer vacations.
On August 23rd, 425 volunteers descended upon the school for a whirlwind day of painting, weeding, and planting. The Macy's Day Parade team built new benches for the interior courtyard, while their lighting vendors got to work installing recessed lighting in the locker rooms. Volunteers replicated iconic children's book covers on painted canvases while others stuffed backpacks full of school supplies, both to be donated to a local Bronx elementary school via The United Way. Hallways and the exterior gates were given fresh coats of paint, perennials and mulch were added around the campus, and the Black Box theater in DreamYard Prep was given some much needed TLC.
(Stephanie Diani/AP Images for Macy's)
In addition, Macy's CEO Terry Lundgren toured the school alongside Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz and Assemblyman Michael Blake. You can check out the action via video coverage on BronxNet.Org featuring an interview with our own Jason Duchin.
The care and planning that goes into a project like this can send ripples of hope and comfort to our young people, and transform the classroom experience. We thank Macy's for their support and partnership!