By Tali Schwartz

Since, 1904, Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City has provided young people between the ages of 7-18 with adult mentors who make a positive, lasting impression on their lives. Last week, the organization partnered with Time Warner for a special Impact Day where employee volunteers spent an afternoon at a school in Manhattan with fifth grade students.

The Food Bank of New York City stopped by the fifth grade classroom and talked to students and volunteers about the Food Bank's mission and the importance of helping one's community, healthy eating, and respecting the environment. Afterwards, volunteers and students broke out into small groups and decorated reusable tote bags (as seen above and below) so that recipients of donations from the Food Bank would be able to carry home their groceries with pride.

During this fun, engaging art project, volunteers had the opportunity to observe a typical day in a New York City public school. They enjoyed working with a well-behaved and excited group of kids!

Students also had the chance to talk to the employees about what they do in their jobs, and gained a positive impression of how Time Warner was supporting this project. Everyone hopes to be able to do a similar project again in the future!

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Photos courtesy of Time Warner Corporate Responsibility

Tali Schwartz is Director, Quality Assurance and Strategic Implementation at Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City.