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150+ spend Earth Day beautifying Smith Elementary

Published: Saturday, 22 April 2017 22:23

4/22/2017 Mike Orazzi | Staff
Sue Brigandi and her daughter Sarah clean up during the 16th annual Comcast Cares Day at the Smith Elementary School in New Britain Saturday.
4/22/2017 Mike Orazzi | Staff Sue Brigandi and her daughter Sarah clean up during the 16th annual Comcast Cares Day at the Smith Elementary School in New Britain Saturday.

Staff Writer

NEW BRITAIN - More than 150 volunteers converged on Smith Elementary School on Earth Day Saturday morning to help with numerous projects.

Volunteers from Grace C.M.E. Church, MARC Community Resources and the Connecticut Radio Information System joined school staff and families and Comcast volunteers to help beautify the school as part of Comcast Cares Day, which coincided with Earth Day this year.

“The amount of people who came out to support us and our community really means a lot to me,” said Principal Karen Falvey.

Falvey gave a special shout-out to members of the Smith custodial staff, who worked hard and contributed to the cleanup all day.

“They’re dedicating their Saturday to come here and be a part of this community project and I just can’t be more thankful,” Falvey said of her staff.

The 16th annual Comcast Cares Day fell on Earth Day this year, and there was outdoor beautification being done for those who wanted to be outside on the holiday.

Work done outside included trimming bushes, picking up trash, mulching and planting flowers. Inside, more than a dozen rooms were repainted and the gymnasium was decorated with stencil designs.

The day is an important time to give back to the New Britain community, volunteers said.

“We’re trying to give back to the community and give back to the people we serve every day to show that as big as Comcast is, we’re still pretty much a community-based population,” said Danny Cardoso, a Comcast employee. “We have 85 percent of our work staff volunteer for this, so that’s huge.”

Saif Malik, another Comcast employee, brought his family to help contribute to the cleanup at Smith.

“It’s good for the kids,” Malik said. “They should learn the importance of giving back to the community.

Pastor Thomas A. Mills Jr. of Grace C.M.E. Church brought more than 60 volunteers from the church to help out.

“We’re very happy to help impact the community and make a difference,” Mills told The Herald while helping add a second coat of paint to a classroom in the school. “These outreach events are important.”

Falvey had kind words for the volunteers from Grace C.M.E. Church, who contribute to the Smith Elementary School community often.

“They are truly the most amazing group of individuals I have ever met,” Falvey said.

Skyler Frazer can be reached at 860-801-5087 or by email at sfrazer@centralctcommunications.com.