On Friday, May 31st, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care employees joined City Year New Hampshire and employees of several local businesses, including the Manchester Monarchs, Centrix Bank, and McLean Communications, Inc. to make improvements to the Beech Street Elementary School during Harvard Pilgrim’s Let’s Get Moving Employee Service Day.
This was the fifth year in a row that volunteers from Harvard Pilgrim gathered for a day of community service to benefit a Manchester public school. Employee volunteers spent the day building and painting cubbies for the school’s library and classrooms, painting a US Map on the playground blacktop, painting a welcome sign on the jersey barriers at the front entrance of the school, spreading mulch and woodchips on the playground to make a safer play space for students, and organizing a donation closet.
In addition to the improvements made to the playground, Harvard Pilgrim donated new playground equipment for students to use before school and at recess. To get the kids moving, the Monarchs hosted a hockey clinic for the students at the school, teaching them how to hold a hockey stick and pass the puck, followed by a hockey game.
Following the service day, Harvard Pilgrim hosted a Community Celebration at Sheridan-Emmet Park across from the Beech Street Elementary School. The Celebration included a bounce house, popcorn machine, face painting, relay races, a creation station, and more! More than 90 students from the Beech Street School and surrounding community participated in the Celebration.