STAMFORD, Conn. -- A Wilton-based marketing company's employees helped to brighten a Stamford school by painting a mural highlighting the school's seven tenets.
About three dozen Epsilon employees contributed their time and talents to paint the mural at the Trailblazers Academy Charter Middle School located at 83 Lockwood Ave. in Stamford. The program, operated by nonprofit Domus, seeks to help students in grades 6, 7 and 8 who are having difficulty in a traditional school environment.
The mural represents the seven tenets of Domus: non-violence, emotional intelligence, social learning, shared governance, open communication, social responsibility and growth and change, said Jessica Nable, vice president of strategic communications at Epsilon.
The Dallas-based company's 5,000 employees worldwide are involved every year in campaigns to help their local communities, Nable said.
"It is called summer of service and it is a competition between all our different office locations where each location competes by giving back to local communities through volunteer activities donating items, donating money, donating time," she said. "As part of that each office organizes an activity for employees to go out in that local community."
The company worked with the school to come up with the mural design, Nable said, and it allowed the company's employees to use their talents.
"We were able to use our creative skills and our work skills to give back to this school and to the students," she said.
Heather Ferreira, 36, from New Haven, an art director with Epsilon, said she enjoyed using her artistic background to help create the mural.
"I have been wanting to do some kind of charity work for a while so this is a really nice chance to do it with people I already enjoy a lot of my day with," she said. "It is nice to come together in a different atmosphere and know that it is helping the kids."
Garland Walton, chief of staff at Domus, said the organization appreciates Epsilon's contribution.
"We can't imagine anybody else doing it so well," she enthused. "We are really fortunate to have a group of talented professionals come in and do something like this. It is a tremendous gift."