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New York Cares paints PS 396, Brooklyn

New York Cares paints PS 396, BrooklynBruce CotlerTeachers, paraprofessionals and NYU students worked as a team to transform the school’s appearance. Scores of busy hands and gallons of primary color paints transformed the cafeteria, gymnasium and doors of PS 396, a District 75 school for multiply handicapped students in Brooklyn, on Oct 15 — Volunteer for Schools Day. Staff worked with 30 volunteers from New York Cares that included New York University students and muralist Dana Gambale, who was creator and overseer of the marathon Sunday makeover at the K-8 Brownsville school. New York Cares is the city’s largest volunteer organization dedicated to making the city a better place, and PS 396 students certainly found their school a more colorful and friendly place when they arrived for classes on Monday morning following the “paintathon.”

New York Cares paints PS 396, BrooklynBruce CotlerParaprofessional Arnoria Booker (left) and Paraprofessional Representative Lolita Conners stay in the lines to make this door a work of art.

New York Cares paints PS 396, BrooklynBruce CotlerChapter Leader Barbara Horowitz paints a smiley face on an outside door. New York Cares paints PS 396, BrooklynBruce Cotlerclockwise from right: NYU student Roland Lazarte and Paraprofessional Perrier Yuen prepare paints for the cafeteria mural.

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