NASHUA — One of the state’s largest middle schools was transformed on Friday as 160 volunteers converged on the building to help beautify and organize it for students and staff.
For the fifth year in a row, dozens of employees from Fidelity Investments spruced up Elm Street Middle School for the start of the school year, working on various improvement projects.
“Everyone knows that our schools don’t have the money they need, and it can be a challenge to get things done,” said Mary Prindle, a Fidelity Investments employee who resides in Litchfield. “I have a passion for education, and if I can help make a small difference in the community, I am proud to contribute.”
Prindle joined about 160 co-workers eager to make improvements by building cabinets, painting murals, revitalizing the teacher’s lounge, constructing storage units for the supply room and more.
“We couldn’t do this work if it wasn’t for Fidelity. It would not get done,” said Superintendent Mark Conrad. “They have been here for five years, and they keep coming back. Their long-term commitment to our school district has made such a difference.”
In addition to all of the painting projects and a “Go Eagles” mural that was completed on Friday, Fidelity interns created about 125 gift bags for city teachers, complete with must-have teacher supplies.
“Our employees want to get engaged in the community. This is important to them,” said Joe Murray of Fidelity Investments. “We have hundreds of employees who live in Nashua, and they understand the city’s resources and the importance of literacy for the future of our kids.”
Elm Street Middle School is one of about a dozen schools throughout the nation to participate in Fidelity Investments’ national partnership with Boston Cares, a HandsOn Network local action center. The program is designed to help revitalize learning environments for middle school students.
Volunteers from Fidelity Investments in Merrimack helped with Friday’s transformation day, part of the company’s strategic focus on bringing the talents and skills of its employees, along with Fidelity funds, to help improve middle schools throughout America.
Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau commended Fidelity for not only donating generous funds, but for putting in the time to make a positive impact in the community. “It sends a message to our students that someone really cares,” said Lozeau.