Part of "Paint the Town", a week of community service projects sponsored by the Bulls and COUNTRY Financial, this event featured a vibrant assembly and a host of volunteers who spent the afternoon teaching students in grades Pre-K through 8 about recycling and other green initiatives.
"Environmental awareness is very important to our school community," said Brown principal Kenya Sadler. "Three years ago, we added a "green" roof that has, among other benefits, helped to cool our school building. This project inspired a lot of enthusiasm among our students, and today's assembly helped reignite that passion."
The assembly featured Bulls star Joakin Noah, who is no stranger to Brown. Thanks to the school's long-term partnership with the Bulls, he has visited the students previously and has developed lasting relationships.
"It was great to see him talk to the students directly, not just about this year's theme of recycling, but about their grades and college readiness," said Principal Sadler. "That kind of connection has a huge impact on them."
Over the past several years, the Bulls have supported Brown in the renovation of their playground and the creation of their fitness center. They have also donated a new school library, and have provided game tickets for incentive programs aimed at improving attendance and achievement.
"They make some of what seems impossible possible," said Principal Sadler. "Their partnership has allowed us to take education to the next level as we work to prepare our students to compete in a global, 21st-Century world."
This year's support came in the form of "Paint the Town", which saw Brown receiving new recycling bins to support their environmental programs – initiatives that will be led by the school's diverse learner population. "Paint the Town" also included a career session for students in "Becoming A Man" (BAM), a program created by Youth Guidance, and will culminate with a preseason basketball game open to various community members, including local veterans.
"The Chicago Bulls and Chicago Bulls Charities are deeply rooted in our community," said Michael Reinsdorf, President and COO of the Chicago Bulls. "Paint the Town is an extension of our year-round efforts that allows us to highlight community service while getting our fans excited about the upcoming season."