Across all programs, ESH instills within our students the importance of giving back. During the week of May 9th—13th, students in our high school and equivalency programs took their learning outside the classroom and into the community.
This George Washington High School YABC group chose to spend a sunny afternoon in Washington Heights doing a neighborhood clean up on Audubon Avenue, adjacent to their school. The group lead by example in hopes that community members would see them working and take pride in keeping their blocks clean.
With spring in full swing, The High School for Excellence and Innovation opted to get their hands dirty with a beautification project. The students teamed up with fellow non-profit, The Bridge, spending the day sprucing up one of their Harlem locations with a fresh coat of paint. Clients at the site will enjoy the fruits of HSEI’s hard work.
Students from Mott Haven Community High School made the trek to help at the Arthur Ross Nursery in Van Cortlandt Park. The group mulched, weeded, planted, and fertilized the blooming gardens. The plants and trees grown at the nursery are used in parks all over the Bronx and citywide.
The Lehman YABC program students spent the afternoon on 187th Street building a community garden. The bleak, concrete yard lacked color and life. The group selected brightly colored flowers, bought soil, and gathered a collection of large stones, transforming the space into a beautiful garden.
AIDS has long been an epidemic in the Bronx. Our Lehman YABC students did something about it. They organized a fundraiser at their school with proceeds going to GMHC for AIDS treatment and research. That Sunday, the group was up bright and early to complete the 6 mile AIDS Walk in Manhattan alongside thousands of other organizations and individuals.