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A letter from the school’s principal

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

As a sign of appreciation for everyone’s hard work on Saturday, we wanted to share with everyone a sweet thank-you letter we just received from the principal of the Eugenio Maria de Hostos School in Yonkers…

Dear Friends of the Eugenio Maria de Hostos School,

I want to say THANKS!!!. This morning the kids were so excited to see their new computer lab and could not believe how great the building looked. I have EVERYONE asking to get into the computer lab immediately!

I want to say that I was very impressed by the Omnicom volunteers. I could not believe what an extraordinary group of individuals you employ. It was so heart warming to see such a dedicated group of individuals. The day was officially called to a close and they did not want to leave until they were finished!
In the words of Henry David Thoreau, “One is not born into the world to do everything but to do something.” Omnicom is definitely doing something and it is evident that Omnicom Cares!
Regards and thank you again,

Elda Perez-Mejia
Principal, Eugenio Maria de Hostos MicroSociety School

Yonkers service project – a fun video

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

We just received this fun video from our friends over at the Yonkers Public Schools. It takes some of our favorite moments from the recent service project at the Eugenio Maria de Hostos School in Yonkers, puts some music to it, and really gives you a sense of just how much fun everyone had at the event. Not to mention just how a simple clean-up can affect students’ performance and attitudes. Have a look at the video below, and make sure to follow us on Twitter or befriend us on Facebook for updates on upcoming projects and fundraisers!

First report back from the Yonkers event

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

It was a beautiful sunny day in Yonkers. About 100 volunteers from Omnicom and the community showed up ready to work, and the next thing you know, the Hostos school was a hive of activity. Volunteers scraped walls, taped windows and doors, primed and painted. A beautiful new computer lab was built, complete with interactive whiteboards to make for an exceptional learning environment. While there is plenty more work to be done, the day was an excellent fresh start for the school and the surrounding community. We’ll be posting pictures soon both here and on our Facebook page, and don’t forget to join in on the Book Drive!

Keeping tabs on OmnicomCares

Friday, November 6th, 2009

We just wanted to put a quick post up today to let you know that you can easily follow OmnicomCares’ efforts – both today and in the future. We are on twitter and facebook, and will be posting pictures live from the event, as well as follow-up announcements from our Yonkers efforts. This will also be the place where you can be alerted to future efforts… so if you’re on either of those platforms, we hope you’ll follow us.

Why we believe in the Eugenio Maria De Hostos School

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

Out of the hundreds of thousands of schools in the U.S., why did we pick this particular school? One of the factors that stood out when we were looking for this year’s service project, was the fact that 84% of the students receive free school lunches – a clear indicator of the community’s need for additional outside help.

However, one other outstanding indicator was this school’s commitment to the success of its students. More specifically, they’ve instituted something called the Microsociety Concept which teaches real-life skills to its student body. In fact, we were so impressed with the concept, we thought you too should hear more as to why we believe in this school and its students.

The Microsociety Program infuses business and government concepts through all aspects of academic instruction and social skills. Student-run businesses include a bank, courtroom, publishing center, government, library/media center, telecommunications center and marketplace with student-manufactured items for sale.

Like any real community, the school has its own constitution, government, elected executive positions, legislative representatives and a municipal court to help students understand how our government functions. Student citizens create the school economy and currency; and each student has a personal bank account to manage their Microsociety money.

As the November 7th date draws closer, we’ll be posting much more on how you too can participate, so please keep checking back!