On December 19, 2017, our Core Engineering Team participated in an Audible Cares volunteer event at the Camden Street Elementary School in Newark, NJ. The team, rocking their Audible tees, gathered for a quick group huddle in the Audible Lobby before hopping onto two buses and heading to the school. Once we reached the school, we were honored to meet the principal and some of the staff members, who shared the school’s history and vision with us. The school’s vision of ‘Commitment to achievement, making the dream of every child a new reality’ is truly inspiring.

Camden Street Elementary School principal giving a speech to Audible employees Audible employees listening to principal's speech Another photo of Audible employees listening to principal's speech

“A smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”

The Audible Cares team helped organize this community event. To get started, we were given a choice to sign up for any one of the four project choices for that afternoon. The projects included: assembling furniture in the teachers’ lounge, painting the teachers’ lounge and library, painting planters and pots, and creating mosaic art work that spelled out the school’s name. Being an art enthusiast, I opted to be a part of the mosaic art work team. We were given three color tiles that corresponded with the school colors. It was impressive to see how each individual came up with a completely different design and pattern while building their letter mosaic using the same three colors. Folks who were done with their tiles early got started with the remaining letters to completely spell out the school name. It was intriguing to see how each one of the team members learned from everyone’s previous experience and quickly improved their approach to finish their second tile fairly quickly. It was a perfect team building activity.

Audible employees painting planters and pots Painted planters and pots More Audible employees painting planters and pots
Audible employees creating mosaic art work Finished product of the mosaic art work which spells Camden Street School

Once we completed our projects, I was thrilled to see them all and happy to note that we definitely got a lot more done than expected. I’m sure these projects brought smiles to the staff and students of Camden Street Elementary School, and as Oscar Wilde wisely stated, “A smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” It was a wonderful experience to deliver on Audible’s People Principle of ‘Activate Caring.’

Audible team members assembling furniture

Audible employees painting library Audible employees painting teach's lounge

Once we completed our projects, I was thrilled to see them all and happy to note that we definitely got a lot more done than expected. I’m sure these projects brought smiles to the staff and students of Camden Street Elementary School, and as Oscar Wilde wisely stated, “A smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” It was a wonderful experience to deliver on Audible’s People Principle of ‘Activate Caring.’

Audible team members at a bar during happy hour