(Patrick D. Rosso/Boston.com/2012)
Armed with 30 gallons of paint and 75 paintbrushes, volunteers from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts paid a visit to the Dever McCormack School on Tuesday afternoon as part of the health insurance provider’s annual day of service.
Painting murals, drawing new ball courts and sprucing up the school’s playground, more than 60 employees helped make the elementary side of the public school shine.
“I think the support of corporations and nonprofits is the difference between the slow deterioration of our facilities and steady upgrades. It makes a big difference,” said Mike Sabin, principal of the school. “The facilities are solid but they can’t be maintained like a private school, but our kids deserve that.”
Blue Cross Blue Shield employees from all over the state helped add that special touch to the school of 1,250, playing with students and working with Playworks, a partner on the project, to help the students have a little fun.
“Recess is an untapped opportunity to let kids release energy and learn new skills,” said Jon Gay, development manager for Playworks, a nonprofit that works to make recess both fun and educational for local students. “We want to give all the kids a safe and inclusive area to participate.”
Blue Cross Blue Shield, which adopted the school last year as well, saw Tuesday’s day of service as not only a way to get out of the office, but into the community.
“We’re in the community, we’re part of the community and we are better when we give back,” said Andrew Dreyfus, CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. “To do it all at once in a big way shows the community how much we value them.”
Mayor Thomas M. Menino also made a stop at the school Tuesday to thank the volunteers and lend his hand with some painting.
“It’s the partnerships that work in Boston,” Menino said. “It’s about the kids, it’s about their futures.”