Sika employees from the roofing team out of Canton, MA recently came together to give back to a local public school in a section of Boston.
Cleaning Up America's Oldest Public School
Employees in sales, technical, customer service, and marketing all donated their time for this great community service event. Sika, a longtime supporter of community service projects, partnered with the Boston chapter of Rebuilding Together to find the perfect candidate project for this event. Rebuilding Together is a national, non-profit organization with chapters around the country in major metropolitan areas. Its mission is to help provide safe and healthy housing as well as work on community revitalization projects with volunteers around the country.
Sika Roofing has a long history of working with Rebuilding Together most notably at the annual International Roofing Expo (IRE) event. The Roofing team has sponsored the IRE Community Service Day Event since its inception (12 years running) so based on that history, connecting with the local Boston chapter for an event closer to home was a no-brainer.
The project selected for the event was the Mather School in Dorchester which also happens to be the oldest public elementary school in the United States. The school was originally founded in 1639 and went through a few generations of facilities with the current school building opening in 1905. Being able to give back to such a historical landmark was a bonus for the Sika team.
Over 20 Sika and Rebuilding Together employees were tasked with projects such as painting, carpentry, and landscaping around the school campus. Sika team members jumped right in and began working on the projects with no hesitation. Large planters and benches in front of the main school entry were repaired and repainted while another team worked in the public garden space helping to prepare it for some plantings happening later in the day. Once the prep was done in the garden and planter areas, volunteers began fertilizing and mulching as well as planting a variety of new flowers and plants in both areas. Volunteers when finished with landscaping then turned their attention to repainting the yellow safety markings around the school rotunda curbs.
To everyone’s appreciation, the Sika team had exceeded the expectations of the school and Rebuilding Together who commented on the work ethic of the volunteers. At recess, students and teachers smiled and waved in thanks for helping keep their school and community looking great. The event went so well for all who were involved that when asked if we should consider doing something like this again, the Sika team responded with an emphatic, yes! Now that is what I call Sika Spirit!