Mars IS (Information Services) employees gave up their time over half term at the beginning of June to give Eton Wick School a much-welcomed coat of paint. Over the week five teams and over 30 employees descended on the school armed with paintbrushes and rollers.
The teams achieved a lot in the week with the reception classroom, year 4 cloakrooms and the medical room all getting a nice new coat of paint. The walls were stripped, woodwork was primed and cracks and holes filled before two coats of new paint were added to the walls, woodwork and ceilings.
The volunteers also managed to get outside to enjoy the warm weather and painted the benches in the environmental garden as well as a picket fence. There was even time at the end of each day to enjoy a well earned BBQ in the sun.
The project was led by Andrew McLeman, COE Service Analyst at Mars IS, who is organising a further week of volunteering in August so that the teams can get back to the school and complete further work over the summer holidays.
The teams were out as part of the Mars Volunteer Programme (MVP) focus month that runs for the whole of June. The focus month aims to raise awareness of the programme and give employees the opportunity to give back to the local community and to participate during a focused timeframe.
The overall Mars in the Community programme is an integral part of Mars’ business strategy. MVP is one part of this programme, which provides opportunities for employees to reflect the values and principles of Mars, inspiring them to give back to local causes and gain a sense of pride for our business and the communities, which it supports.
Andrew McLeman, from Mars IS and organiser of the activity at Eton Wick school commented: ‘The thing I enjoy the most is using different skills to what I use in MARS everyday and the visual end result which is obvious to everyone. I think everyone would agree that to give up your time to improve the everyday environment for children is an excellent MVP activity. I also loved the sense of teamwork over the four days, everyone was committed to the same goal of getting the job done.’
Linda Tarbox, Bursar at Eton Wick School commented: ‘The help we receive from the IS team is fantastic, the reception classroom, medical room and key stage two cloakroom are looking superb after the team spent the week freshening up the walls and ceilings with bright paint. The outside area has always received some TLC in the form of fresh varnish on the wooden fence. We thoroughly appreciate the help that Mars have given us. Without the associates support, we would still be teaching in drab, worn out classrooms. The children of Eton Wick are very grateful.’