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Deloitte volunteers return to double their impact

Erin Phillips

Erin Phillips is a Development Officer at ExpandED Schools.

Recently, Deloitte member firms from around the country participated in their annual Impact Day, a national day of service and celebration of their year-round commitment to volunteerism. Here in New York City, one of our schools, PS 188/The Island School (which partners with Educational Alliance to expand learning), hosted its second Impact Day for 25 enthusiastic young professional volunteers. In fact, several of the volunteers had so much fun last year that they signed up to be with us again this year!

The day was jam-packed with activities from creating stories to drawing to playing basketball. First, the volunteers spread out between three classes – two 4th grade and one 5th grade – to create picture books with the kids. Deloitte purchased blank books and art supplies for each student. To say these children were excited to hear they not only got to create their own story, but also keep the book was an understatement!

The students sat clustered in groups of four or five with the volunteers and got down to business unleashing their creativity. There was no shortage of imagination; the stories included scary monsters, aliens posing as little brothers and clown chases! Both the volunteers and students were actively engaged, and many students were eager to read their story to everyone who would listen.

The next stop was the playground where volunteers played basketball and hide-and-seek with the kids. Lots of fun was had by all and both the volunteers and students valued the opportunity to bond with and learn about each other.

Overall the day was a huge success and a truly memorable one for both kids and grown-ups. Students were excited to show off their hard work to a group of enthusiastic young professionals, and the Deloitte volunteers came away with a deeper understanding of the learning gap and the work that ExpandED Schools does to ensure that all kids, from every zip code, get opportunities to discover their talents and develop their full potential.

If you are interested in other volunteer opportunities at ExpandED Schools, please contact Erin Phillips at volunteer@expandedschools.org


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