On Thursday, May 17th, the weather conditions could not have been more perfect at Gossler Park Elementary School for Harvard Pilgrim’s 4thannual Let’s Get Moving Service Day in New Hampshire. We started the day with an energetic ceremony on the baseball diamond at Gossler Park Elementary. Highlights included a welcome from Gossler Park’s Principal, Ron Kew, and remarks from Manchester’s Mayor, Ted Gatsas. Harvard Pilgrim Health Care’s Senior Vice President of Emerging Markets, Beth Roberts, also spoke about her excitement surrounding the day. The kick-off ceremony concluded with a physical training exercise led by City Year corps members and two 5th grade students to get volunteers energized for a great day of service and to get the students excited and ready to learn.
Following the ceremony, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care of New England employees joined City Year and employees of several local businesses, including the Manchester Monarchs, Centrix Bank, and McLean Communications, Inc. to make improvements to the Gossler Park Elementary School.
Employee volunteers spent the day constructing picnic tables for an outdoor classroom and eating area, painting an array of games and educational murals on the school’s blacktop, and building cubbies that were decorated by 5th grade students in Gossler Park’s after school program. The cubbies were donated to the 6th grade classrooms at Parkside Middle School, so the 5th grade students will be able to enjoy their hard work next year! In addition to the improvements made to the playground, Harvard Pilgrim donated a new book to each of the 20 classrooms within the school.
During gym classes, representatives from the Manchester Monarchs ran hockey clinics for the students to brush up on their stick handling and passing, followed by a game to test out their new skills.
By the end of the day:
- 9 new cubbies were built, sanded, painted, and decorated
- 4 picnic tables were constructed and stained
- A new outdoor classroom and eating area was revitalized and mulched
- A kickball diamond was added to the playground blacktop from scratch
- A map of the United States and New Hampshire were repainted
- A multiplication table was repainted on the playground blacktop
- 60 elementary school students are one step closer to the NHL
- And 45 volunteers were able to give themselves a hearty pat on the back!
We are grateful for Harvard Pilgrim’s continued support of City Year NH over the years and for another great service day under our belts!
To see some photos from the day, click here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cityyear/sets/72157629801551600/