In 2013, I was asked to collaborate with the students on the S WEIR MITCHELL SCHOOL ANTI BULLYING MURAL. At the young age of 10, in 1977, I lived predominately in the lower class neighborhood of Lansdale Pa. My family was one of very few of Jewish decent in the area, hence bullying was a part of daily existence. This story is not about me, but my past certainly relates very well to it. When Philanthropic colleagues at Power Law Firm Zarwin and Baum reached out, I was inspired and honored to lead over 650 children in creating a powerful piece of art that hopefully taught important lessons of brotherhood and community.
Zarwin Baum’s adoption of S. Weir Mitchell School is a long term commitment to providing the students with the tools they need for success, proactively assessing the school’s needs in advance, hosting quarterly fundraisers, and putting in place systems to equip both the teachers and students with everything that is needed to have a successful school year. Zarwin Baum donated 20 computers, 10 printers, an iPad and furniture, just to name a few material things.
I collaborated with The S. Weir Mitchell School in Southwest Philadelphia in creating a fabulous Anti-Bullying Mural. The children shared preliminary ideas, buzzwords and their own drawings as the canvases began to take shape. I spent 3-4 days a week for 2 weeks to lead the project. On February 6, over 20 volunteers from the firm including senior partner Mitchell Kaplan, Mr. Baum, Marketing director Stacey Kracher and Philly Real Estate Mogul Alan Casnoff arrived, paint brushes in hand, to add finishing touches to the triptych.The imagery is bold and Pop, with its central panel inspired by Robert Indiana’s famous LOVE Sculpture.
Buzz words include:
- Role Models Wanted
- Bullying Stops Here
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