Nearly 120 volunteers brightened the learning environment for students of Philadelphia’s Cook-Wissahickon Elementary School Oct. 15. CSX employees partnered with nonprofit organizations City Year and Action for Healthy Kids for the company’s second major Service Day of 2016.
“The improvements will give children a brighter place to come and learn,” Philadelphia Terminal Manager Steve Salyers told volunteers before they began their respective tasks.
Much was accomplished throughout the day as teams tackled different projects both inside and outside the building. By noon, volunteers had painted the gymnasium, the cafeteria and entire third-floor walls, covering the previous mint color with a uniform grey. Additionally, teams painted two murals, one along the wall of the cafeteria and one outside by the playground.
CSX also worked with the Arbor Day Foundation and its local partner, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), to help with planting trees. Groups armed with shovels and mulch worked under the guidance of PHS plant 16 trees. The blacktop also was trimmed with white paint and the basketball hoop backboard was replaced.
Cook-Wissahickon students and their parents volunteered alongside CSX employees.
“With tracks near the school, we wanted to bring awareness to children and families,” said Signal Maintainer Dale Annis. “This allows us to show our support.”
Joined by his girlfriend, Erin, Annis helped plant trees by the parking lot entrance to the school.
Upon reviewing the work accomplished in just four hours, Cook-Wissahickon teachers and leaders were impressed and appreciative of the community effort made by CSX and community members to revitalize the school.