October 5, 2012
Silver School faculty, staff, and students joined together on Friday, October 5 to help spruce up Washington Square Park. Approximately 35 people gathered for a pizza lunch and then ventured outside for the first annual NYU Silver Day of Service.
In an unseasonably warm day with sunny skies, the group planted 45,000 tulip and hyacinth bulbs in the park. The group broke up into ten teams, working in locations throughout the park, ensuring a beautiful view from the School's building once the flowers bloom in the early spring.
The day was organized by NYU's Office of Civic Engagement; Gary Parker of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research; and Lesley Heffel of NYU Silver's Office of Student and Alumni Affairs. The idea for the Day of Service was proposed by Shakera Jones, who works in the School's Office of Admissions and Enrollment Services, during a School-wide update meeting earlier in the year.