In one day, approximately 400 volunteers from Synopsys, the school and the neighboring community invested an estimated 2400 volunteer hours, to paint, landscape and do repair work, to refurbish the school for the 520 kindergarten through fifth-grade students—brightening their learning environment and sending the message that the community believes in them, their potential and their value. Nonprofit organization, City Year, helped organize and manage the activity. Volunteers from San Jose Job Corps—located near the school—also joined in the refurbishment activities.
The Cureton Elementary event was part of a community involvement program called “Global Volunteer Week” involving Synopsys’ largest locations around the world. Inaugural events were held May 11-18, 2013 in Bangalore, India; Hillsboro, Oregon; Mountain View/Sunnyvale, California; Shanghai, China; and Taipei & Hsinchu, Taiwan. Each site held large-scale, daylong volunteer activities focusing on youth. Synopsys’ vision is to be able to host Global Volunteer Week for years to come, and grow it to include additional locations around the world.
Cureton Elementary School was selected for this project because:
100% of the students are receiving free or reduced lunch. 87% are English language learners
In 2012, Cureton teacher, GriHayes-Pekins, was recognized by the Synopsys Outreach Foundation for her significant contribution to the Cureton and Alum Rock School District science fairs.
The school is committed to the kind of efficiency that Synopsys values, leveraging outside resources, like City Year volunteers, to serve as tutors, mentors and role models for students
Volunteers as young as three years old were divided into small teams to paint, landscape and to do repair work, transforming the school in a single day. They worked on specific projects including building picnic tables and benches, replacing kickball walls, and painting murals and inspirational quotes throughout the school. Synopsys is well known for its community outreach efforts. The company began its community outreach by helping employees provide disaster relief after the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989 and established a formal corporate philanthropy program before its fifth birthday. Synopsys Community Affairs embodies the company’s values by implementing worldwide philanthropic strategies that strengthen local communities, encourage employee engagement and inspire a new generation of technology leaders.