Macy’s Makes Over a Puerto Rico School Library

Macy’s is an integral part of the communities we serve. We celebrate with our customers during happy occasions, and we show up in times of need.

That’s why Macy’s is committed to support the rebuilding of Puerto Rico. When Hurricane Maria impacted the island in September 2017, Macy’s reacted with the care and compassion that has become synonymous with our culture by sending 2,500 hygiene packs, and providing financial support to the Clean the World Foundation and the Hispanic Federation’s emergency response efforts.

In addition, we secured a place for a local entrepreneur in Puerto Rico in The Workshop at Macy’s, an exclusive retail vendor development program for minority- and women-owned businesses. Macy’s Plaza Las Americas hosted a “Pitch Night” for applicants and a judging panel selected the winner to represent Puerto Rico in February. The winner was Mare Cheia, a swimwear brand by Lorel Torres.

But we knew our work wasn’t done yet. This May, in partnership with Reading Is Fundamental, Macy’s made over a library in a local elementary school in Ponce, Puerto Rico, which serves 500 children.

The school, Escuela Llanos del Sur, is a very important part of the community, having served as a shelter during Hurricane Maria. In the aftermath, the school wrapped its arms around students from other affected schools in the area, which have since closed.

Macy’s wanted to show their appreciation for the school and its positive impact on the Ponce community by renovating their library. Macy’s funded the operation, and volunteers from our Partners in Time program got to work painting, assembling new furniture, providing more than 4,500 new books, and setting up brand new computers.

Here’s a look at the impact we had by the numbers:

  • $70,505 in books, computers and a digital library subscription
  • $22,640 in new furniture and school supplies
  • $30,000 in corporate grants for Escuela Llanos del Sur, Juan Domingo En Accion, Inc. (sports and after-school program), and Centro San Francisco Inc. (educational and social services)

Following the rebuild, it was time to celebrate. The Macy’s team was joined by Ponce mayor María Meléndez, and on day three, May 23, Jeff Gennette, Chairman & CEO, Macy’s, Inc., along with other Macy’s executives, joined school officials and community members as students performed a dance.

The looks on the teachers and students’ faces in reaction to their school’s new look was a defining moment that illustrated the importance of making an impact in Macy’s local communities. Watch the magic unfold in this time-lapse video:

There is still so much to do in the effort to rebuild Puerto Rico. But as we work together with our colleagues, customers and community, we know we’ll get there.

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