When school is out, we head in

By Tim Rondeau

The opening bell was still weeks away but a Central Falls school yard was still filled with hugs, laughter and high spirits recently when a National Grid group of employees took to the swings and picnic tables.

An elementary school in Central Falls received some TLC from our employees and the Red Sox Foundation.  Volunteers arrived bright and early for a day of cleaning, sprucing and painting while the kids enjoyed their last weeks of summer vacation.

On the playground cement of Ella Risk Elementary, almost 50 employees received their tasks for the day.  Some would weed and sweep the playground area, some would mulch, some would paint picnic tables, some would pick up trash, and the rest would paint a mural in one of the classrooms.

And in true National Grid fashion, our employee volunteers wasted no time getting to work.  President and COO of Rhode Island Tim Horan and Chairman Sir Peter Gershon greeted and spent time with the volunteers as they chipped away at their work.

After all was said and done, our employees completed their jobs and left Ella Risk a little brighter and cleaner than when they arrived.

“These volunteer events can be tough, working outside in the heat all day, sometimes without the comfort of shade,” said crew leader Ed Lanoue.  “But then you get here, focus on the tasks at hand, and get the job done for the community.  There’s nothing better than that.”

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