Over 100 Volunteers Celebrate Comcast Cares Day at Clayton Early Learning
On April 25, over 100 volunteers from Comcast and Clayton Early Learning gathered at the Historic Clayton Campus to celebrate the 14th annual Comcast Cares Day. Part of a national effort that included approximately 90,000 volunteers, the Clayton worksite was one of more than 750 community project locations throughout the country that participated in the Comcast annual day of service.
Opening remarks by Comcast Regional Vice President of Finance for the Mile High Region, Sarah Gustashaw, were full of enthusiasm and were followed by Clayton President and CEO, Charlotte Brantley, who thanked Sarah and the Comcast team for all that they have done as volunteers and supporters of Clayton Early Learning. Brantley said, “I was thrilled to welcome Comcast employees back again this year along with Sarah Gustashaw, who is also a Clayton Trustee. We deeply appreciate the partnership and the thousands of volunteer hours that Comcast has given us over the past four years.”
There were 13 different work groups assigned to various projects throughout the 20 acre campus. While some tended to landscaping, others built new benches for playgrounds and helped clean and refresh classroom furniture. Many volunteers cleaned up playgrounds while several teams worked to create a Sensory Learning Environment in an open area that was only grass and field at the start of the day.
Brantley describes the new area as, “This is a space where young children can explore a variety of natural sensory experiences using installations such as the water feature, boat, bridges and a digging area. This is truly an outdoor classroom where children will develop a variety of skills across all of the developmental domains as it has been designed to enhance gross motor and problem solving skills as well as early concepts of cause and effect. These skills allow and encourage children to answer open-ended questions about the world that they live in. The Sensory Learning Environment is also a special place for families to spend time with their children and to see the amazing things that children learn when they are engaged in natural outdoor environments.”
Clayton Early Learning thanks all of the dedicated volunteers that have supported Clayton’s projects on Comcast Cares Day through the years. Karyn Andrus, a project manager at Clayton explained, “Each year we are in awe of the hard work and dedication that the Comcast volunteers bring to our campus. The additions that have been made to our outdoor learning spaces over the last four years are incredible and would not have been possible without all of the support and volunteer hours that Comcast has given to us.”