2007-10-26 / Community

New York Cares Volunteers Give FRHS A Fresh Look

By Miriam Rosenberg

Members of the Far Rockaway Youth Court add a sports theme to the entrance to the boys' locker room. Members of the Far Rockaway Youth Court add a sports theme to the entrance to the boys' locker room. Volunteers fanned out in 122 schools across the city to spruce up such places as gyms, locker rooms and hallways as part of New York Cares Day last weekend.

Among those schools was Far Rockaway High School, where volunteers from seven different organizations came together on Saturday, October 20 to give it a fresh look for the fall semester.

Murals of some the most famous Looney Tunes characters, such as Tweety Bird, Wile E. Coyote and the Tasmanian Devil now adorn the walls of the stairwell leading to the girls' locker room and the walls of the locker room itself received fresh coats of pink paint. The wall of the stairwell outside the boys' locker room is now filled with painted images depicting different sports and the girls' gym and the handrails of staircases were also painted.

In addition to faculty, the other groups working at FRHS were the St. John's College of Pharmacy, members of the Far Rockaway Youth Court, Boston College alumni, Alpha Phi Delta, the University of Virginia's Virginia Club of New York, Morningside Ministry and KMC & I.

Under the watchful eye of what will soon be Tweety Bird, members of the St. John's College of Pharmacy take a break from painting murals in the stairwell leading to the girls' locker room. Under the watchful eye of what will soon be Tweety Bird, members of the St. John's College of Pharmacy take a break from painting murals in the stairwell leading to the girls' locker room. The results of the day, which also included reorganizing 50 libraries and planting flowers, are expected to impact 80,000 school children in the city.

The day was also a day of fundraising for New York Cares, which last year helped more than 335,000 New Yorkers by - among other things - distributing coats to the needy during the winter.

The targets in the girls' gym went from being hardly noticeable, to standing out, after coats of red paint were applied. The targets in the girls' gym went from being hardly noticeable, to standing out, after coats of red paint were applied. Volunteers give the girls' locker room a fresh coat of paint. Volunteers give the girls' locker room a fresh coat of paint. The University of Virginia's Virginia Club of New York put fresh paint on the railing of the staircases in the school. The University of Virginia's Virginia Club of New York put fresh paint on the railing of the staircases in the school.

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