On Saturday, November 16, twenty All Hallows students, accompanied by Brother Jim Hamilton, participated in an advocacy day at Joyce Kilmer and Mullally Parks, which are adjacent to All Hallows. The day was sponsored by "The Bronx is Blooming," (BIB) a non-profit group that works with local volunteers and the NYC Parks Department to bring improvements to the Bronx parks. The BIB enlists volunteers for work days and they also encourage youth to advocate for more park space and to be aware of various environmental challenges facing our world.
Our day began with a short promotion and discussion about maintaining parkland and how our specific project of mulching the trees in the parks will help to keep trees and plants healthy. After mulching approximately seventy-five trees in the two local parks, our group leader from BIB gathered the All Hallows team together to remind us of the value of our hard work and effort. She also encouraged the students to continue to be advocates for more healthy and clean park space in our neighborhoods. Most of the All Hallows students mentioned how they never realized the amount of ?me and hard work needed to properly maintain our parks. The group hopes to continue to be involved in future "Bronx is Blooming" projects.