By majority vote, PS 123’s visual story captivated all who laid eyes on it with its bright Penny Harvest scrapbook, quilt of caring poster board, and video of students in service! Their visual story demonstrated their commitment to their community and a better NYC by engaging their students in a year of service through the Penny Harvest.
“Classes in our school created a ‘Quilt of Caring’.” Judy Moschera – teacher and Penny Harvest Coach – explains, “Each class decided on an issue they wanted to address and they made a pledge [to help].”
All year round, PS 123 Suydam students, faculty, and staff came together to collect canned foods for the food pantry, plant daffodils to beautify their community, and create uplifting holiday cards for their local senior center. Their biggest accomplishments, however, came in the form of a partnership with Publicolor – a nonprofit that has helped bring the joy of color to public schools throughout the city, while teaching students a trade.
Unhappy with the dreary state of their cafeteria, students at PS 123 approached Principal Veronica Greene for approval for a letter writing campaign. Upon receiving approval, students began writing letters to various home improvement companies to express their sentiments about their dull cafeteria. The response? Gallons of Sunny Yellow and Springtime paint from Benjamin Moore, $10,000 from Yellow Pages, and volunteers from Publicolor. Students, with the help of teachers, parents, alumni, and volunteers, spent five Saturdays transforming their basement from drab to fab.
For their steadfast commitment to giving their time, treasure, and talent to serve their community, we congratulate PS 123 Suydam.