While CCUSD students were away resting and relaxing over Spring Break, more than 100 employees from Sony Pictures Entertainment descended upon El Marino Language School to fulfill a campus beautification project that was two years in the making. The original project, slated for 2020, was put on hold due to COVID.
The volunteers donned bright yellow shirts, picked up delicate paintbrushes, and spent the day painting multiple colorful murals to beautify the El Marino campus. One mural celebrates women in history. Another features local Southern California colleges. Inspirational quotes round out the portfolio of artistic creations that will bring joy to the students and staff when they return to campus on Monday morning.
The volunteers are part of Sony Pictures ACT employee volunteer program, along with support from City Year’s Civic Engagement Team. The project at El Marino is Sony Pictures sixth collaboration with City Year. In addition to providing corps members in schools, City Year has a team specifically dedicated to campus beautification projects. Sony Pictures’ first partnership with the City Year Civic Engagement team was in 2013 at El Rincon Elementary School. Since then, Sony Pictures and City Year have together completed projects at La Ballona (2015), Linwood E. Howe (2016), Culver City Middle School (2018), Farragut (2019).
Sony Pictures first organized a Done-in-a-Day community volunteer project when the iconic studio moved to Culver City in 1991. Since then, it has become a yearly service day called “Sony Global Volunteer Day,” where employees leave their desks to go into the Culver City community for a volunteer project. Sony Global Volunteer Day projects have touched all corners of Culver City over the past 28 years, and they have worked with many Culver City nonprofits to support this work. This effort has been adopted by Sony companies around the world who organize their own Sony Global Volunteer Day projects in communities and neighborhoods around where they work.