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Firm Gives New Britain's Smalley Academy a Mini-Makeover

June 26, 2015

Smalley Academy was revitalized, both inside and out, courtesy of a team of volunteers from Shipman & Goodwin. With a nod to the Smalley Bees, more than 80 attorneys wore yellow t-shirts and grabbed paintbrushes, shovels and tools to spend an afternoon sprucing up the elementary school.

Each year, attorneys from the firm’s Connecticut and Washington, D.C. offices work together on a single project in the community. “I am so pleased that Shipman & Goodwin selected Smalley Academy as the beneficiary of their annual Lawyers Retreat and Work Day,” said Mayor Erin E. Stewart. “They provided some much-needed assistance with landscaping, mulching and several other small construction projects. The City of New Britain has had a long relationship with the firm and I think it’s great that they want to give back to the City,” added Mayor Stewart.

The Consolidated School District of New Britain helped with planning and preparations for the projects the volunteers undertook.  The “construction team” built benches. “Painters” created games on the playground and painted hallways and other areas, including a mural. “Landscapers” worked around the school grounds on landscaping, mulching, pruning bushes and trimming brush. 

“The Board of Education is very appreciative of Shipman & Goodwin initiating a beautification project at Smalley Elementary School,” said Sharon Beloin Saavedra, President of the New Britain Board of Education. “To have 80 lawyers volunteer their time to paint, plant and make minor repairs to one of our schools is a boost to morale for our school family and the neighborhood,” she said. “This facelift will help invigorate school pride as well as send a message that our school environments must be welcoming and conducive to learning.”

In addition, through contributions collected from attorneys and staff, more than $2,100 and a generous assortment of school supplies were donated to Smalley. “We are excited about our donations and the projects we completed at the school,” said Kevin Roy, a partner with the firm. “We hope we have been able to make a difference to the students of Smalley Academy and New Britain.”

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