The fabulosity was off the chart on Friday as Kimora Lee Simmons kicked off the 3rd annual Bounty Clean Schools campaign at PS 208, The Alain L. Locke School in Harlem.
Kimora announced the launch of the Make a Clean Difference Pledge (hosted at Bounty’s Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/Bounty) which allows parents and teachers to submit their schools to support clean, creative learning environments for children. Schools that make the pledge through March 4 will automatically be entered into Bounty’s ‘We Love Our School’ sweepstakes for a chance to win a celebrity-designed $50,000 school makeover. The first 500 schools to take the pledge will also receive a Bounty Clean Kit with enough Bounty and Mr. Clean products to clean all of their classrooms, along with a cleaning checklist.
‘It’s about cleaning our schools, which is contributing to a better education, to healthier, happier kids, to kids that thrive in a better, more creative environment,’ said Kimora in a classroom buzzing with kids. ‘Everything that we do now for our kids, it’s like we are doing it for ourselves, we’re doing it for our future. It’s kind of a selfish thought if you think about it, but we get this back.’
Kimora said that she thinks there should be better communication between parents and teachers because much of what is taught in school isn’t reinforced at home and doesn’t prepare children for going into the world.
‘There has to be better communication between parents and teachers,’ Simmons said. ‘Teacher’s pick up where we leave off and what i mean by that is, I don’t believe you should leave your parenting to the teacher. But our kids do leave at 7 o’clock in the morning, 8 o’clock in the morning. Some kids are coming home at 3 pm but they’re with their teachers all day.’
When asked about the state of schools in New York, the mother of three said this: ‘I think in this time, schools are suffering. Not just in New York, but everywhere. I personally believe that our teachers, our nurses, our caregivers, ambulance workers, these are people who do so much for our community, so much for our development and growth as a society and they’re the least recognized people, and they’re the lowest paid on the totem pole. i think that my teacher should be paid like A-Rod. We have to slowly turn that around. This is a small step to that. It’s not gonna get [teachers] A-Rod money but it’s gonna get them recognition, support, and the communities involvement as a whole. This is a message that has to go home. The teachers can’t do it alone.’
Credit: All images were taken with a Nikon D3100.