UTC employees volunteered last Friday, September 23, at the Naylor School in Hartford, Connecticut to beautify school grounds as part of the 2016 International Green Apple Day of Service. Green Apple Day of Service is a signature event of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools and has supported 10,000 school improvement projects since 2012.
Students and employees helped transform the Naylor School’s main entrance area into a colorful and engaging space, clearing out shrubbery and weeds and planting tulips bulbs for the spring. The day gave participating sixth graders the opportunity to use their class time to volunteer with UTC’s team. Three different classes spent the morning mulching and painting a concrete wall on their playground. The wall was painted yellow and purple – the Naylor School colors.
Ryan Canbelario, a Naylor student, said, “It’s fun because we get to help out with the school and be outside”.
Not only did students revamp their school, they also gained an appreciation for how the day’s projects benefit their environment both in and outside class.
Pat Voelker, UTC, EH&S, worked alongside students and said, “We’ve done science lessons, and a little bit of math.” Voelker said the students really enjoyed spending some time outside in nature.
Joe Tota, also of UTC EH&S, taught the students how to use paint rollers and carefully paint the concrete wall. Tota said his favorite part of the day was working with the kids.
“I think it’s giving them the sense that they can make the area that they’re in everyday a little prettier,” Tota said.
At the end of each shift, students were rewarded for their work with a green granny smith apple, symbolizing the annual Green Apple Day of Service.
As a founding sponsor of the Center for Green Schools, UTC volunteers every year with Green Apple Day of Service. To learn more about event, visit the http://www.usgbc.org/.