Volunteers Brighten Up Harlem Early Childhood Center

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In June, the Children’s Aid Society’s Drew Hamilton Children’s Center got a splash of color thanks to volunteers from the Fixed Income Division of Morgan Stanley. This generous beautification project, coordinated by New York Cares, involved the volunteers painting two murals inside the center’s Go!Books room.

The murals depict the children in future careers, as scientists, athletes, police officers and other professionals. Another wall shows a teacher reading to her students, a warm reminder to all that literature is greatly valued by adults and students alike.

The volunteers were energetic and friendly, and worked well together despite the cramped space. They took pride in their project and paid great attention to detail. “Our children are thrilled with the beautiful murals that Morgan Stanley created for them and now they feel that they have a very special place to engage in Go! Books activities,” said Donna Chandler, director of the Drew Hamilton Children’s Center. “The children have stated that the art is ‘awesome.’ They are reminded daily that books will help them grow and learn, and that one day they will become the doctors, construction workers, scientists, teachers and world leaders of the future.”