Intern Goodbye!


This post was written by our Alcoa Foundation summer interns on their last day. We’re so lucky to have had them this summer!

Yes, there were casualties — we regret to report that paint got on kids’ shoes, shirts, and shorts. Other than those few incidents (which the kids probably view not as incidents, but as moments of sheer joy), “Learn, Climb, and Grow in Wilkinsburg” at the Green Playce at the Hosanna House went very well.

In some ways a culmination of the interns’ time this summer working at GTECH, we had high hopes that this event would effect positive movement in the Wilkinsburg Community.

Gtech Superheros
Bree, an amazing artist, created this “superhero” image!

While Max and Marquise talked to community members and potential partners about the Green Playces Initiative and what they can do to further the Green Playce impact, Bree led 60 Hosanna House pre-k students in art activities and fun lawn games. Every part of the event was outside on the Green Playce and activities included painting flower pots and learning how to plant sunflower seeds in the pots, painting pavers to make a colorful walkway on site, a game that taught kids about pollinators, and Giant Connect Four!

We showcased the youth programming capacity of the Green Playce, reintroduced the kids to the site, and connected and inspired community members. Success!

This event couldn’t have been possible without help from all the staff members at GTECH and all that they taught us this summer. We all learned so much while at GTECH, and can’t thank them enough for providing us with the opportunity of this internship.

We love the work that GTECH does and are thankful we could contribute to it. This is Bree, Marquise, and Max signing off. We can’t wait to see where GTECH will take our community in the future!

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