Creative Solutions for Healthier Communities – Schoolyard Project at 220 Henry Street
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As result of the CEC 1 community needs assessment survey of physical education facilities and play-yard space in district one schools, CEC1 and our District Leadership Team hosted an Active Design workshop in the fall of 2013, teaching the concept of creating environments in which people are excited to make healthy choices. District 1 schools were inspired to look at their shared spaces and undertake creative projects to transform them, recognizing the connection between healthy living, academic achievement and positive youth development. Click here to view the Gym Survey Slide Show and to learn more !

At 220 Henry Street, the mural and fence art are vibrant examples of encouraging and improving access to physical activity through the built environment. Over the past year, University Neighborhood Middle School, Castle Middle School, Henry Street School for International Studies and Manhattan Charter School came together to beautify the play yard. Working with Xmental Inc, a non-profit that mentors youth through the power of art, students armed themselves with paint rollers, spray cans, ribbons and put-in cups to pay homage to NYC underground graffiti artist pioneer, Lee Quiñones, who first painted the handball court in the 70s.

CEC 1 is excited to continue partnering with our district schools in implementing such meaningful and positive changes in our community! Be on the look out for more info on what your school can do to start an Active Design project!

Below are some photos of the school yard beautification at 220 Henry Street

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