Nearly 100 Eli Lily Employees Help Spruce Up MacAfee Road School

Several of the nearly 100 Eli Lily employees who volunteered Sept. 28 at MacAfee Road School.

Nearly 100 Eli Lily employees converged on MacAfee Road School Sept. 28 on a “sprucing up” mission.

It’s the third consecutive year that the group has visited the school, under the auspices of Jersey Cares and as part of the company’s “Global Day of Service.”

This year, the volunteers worked on projects such as landscaping, planting flowers, spreading mulch, building raised flower boxes and painting hop scotch and four square fields on the playground, said Evan Lewis, Jersey Cares’ senior manager of corporate relations.

Other members of the group held workshops for the students, including math Olympics, crafts, “fit and fun,” and reading, he said.

Eli Lily Volunteers “It’s a really great day for the school,” he said.

“They love it,” Lewis said of the volunteers. “They love the staff, they love the students, they have a really great time.”

School principal Bill Grippo said it is “great to  have a corporation like Eli Lily send so many volunteers and do work that they’re not familiar with. It’s just a nice thing.”

“The kids look forward to it, we tell them about it, and it’s an example of service learning, which is important for kids to see what it means to volunteer,” he said. “So, it’s great.”

Sharon Seiwert, a 3rd Grade MacAfee teacher, once again coordinated the school’s participation.


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