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    Posted October 23, 2010 by
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    1 Mural Designer, 7,000 Volunteers and NYC Care for Public Schools


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     sjunat55 met up with a young artist and lots of volunteers today on New York Cares Day. He says 7,000 New Yorkers volunteers pitched in to provide a value of one million dollars in services at 110 public schools in the city.
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    7,000 New Yorkers are rolling up their sleeves on October 23rd to providing nearly $! million dollars value in services at 110 public schools in  the city during the New York Cares Day,

    This citywide day of service, includes activities, work in public schools throughout the city's five boroughs, with teams joining efforts to beautify schools by painting murals. re-organizing libraries, general clean up, even planting flowers, painting classrooms and keeping up playgrounds.

    At Public School 171 M, the Patrick Henry School at 103rd street, some volunteers painted murals inside the school hallways and stairs.

    Outside, by the school entrance, the spotlight belonged to 16 year old Vincent Panepinto, a Staten Island student from Port Richmond, who won a mural design competition were 40 students submitted designs. (5,6,7,8)

    His mural, seen in a sketch and in the process of being painted Saturday morning, depicts a student thinking of ways to give back to the community.

    He was being assisted by the Gary Bagley, Executive Director of New York Cares (9) and Alison Stroming, Miss NY Outstanding Teen and the current Miss New York Claire Buffie. (10)

    New York Cares plans and organizes the city-wide yearly event with the New York City Department of Education as a partner.

    Photos taken on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at Patrick Henry School on 103rd Street in Manhattan.

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