Community Day with Bard High School Early College Queens

Our bead section after the students organized it.

Before: A box of tangled trim.

After: Neat and organized!

On Wednesday, May 16 Materials for the Arts was proud to host more than 50 9th and 10th graders from our Long Island City neighbors at Bard High School Early College Queens. The visit was a part of the school’s annual Community Day, when students take a day off from class to help out in their community. In addition to helping us at MFTA, students volunteered at community gardens, local senior centers, and nursing homes. After some quality time pitching in at MFTA, the group headed back to their school to attend afternoon workshops.

With their help, we were able to cross off several items on our warehouse to-do list including: organizing tiles, sorting beads and jewelry, folding and straightening the fabric section, bundling trim and ribbon, cutting ribbon, assembling a loom, and putting together “project bags” for teachers. The success of MFTA and its programming would not be possible without the participation of volunteers like these enthusiastic students. A special thank you goes to Guidance Counselor Kate Fullerton, who made arrangements for the day, and Bard High School teachers Aris Efting, Pirronne Yousefzadeh, Haroula Argiros, Stefan Weisman,  Michael Cetrangol, and Theresa Mawn, who eagerly pitched in alongside their students. We hope to be a part of future Community Days.

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