January 14, 2011

Hundreds to Volunteer at DC Public Schools on MLK Day of Service 

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Contact: Frederick Lewis | (202) 442-5919

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WASHINGTON, DC – On Jan. 17, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service, hundreds of volunteers will lend a helping hand in a variety of service projects – from those that focus on literacy, to large-scale mural projects – that will beautify and improve DC public schools.

Literacy: Powell, Payne and Emery

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) will kick off the day of service with a “Teaching Your Child How to Read” literacy project at three schools: Emery Education Campus (1720 First St. NE); Payne Elementary (305 15th St. SE); and Powell Elementary (1350 Upshur St. NW). Workshops will be held from 10-11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free childcare is available at each site and refreshments will be served. First Book will also be giving away 1500 books to participants. For more information or to sign up for this project, call 202-724-1506 or complete our online form.

Rebuilding Arts Program: Takoma at Meyer

In an effort to rebuild art supplies at Takoma at Meyer and aesthetically enhance the interior of the new school site, the school has teamed up with the University of the District of Columbia and federal government volunteers for a donation drive and mural project from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 17 at the school’s new site: Takoma at Meyer, 2501 11th St. NW. During the “Rising out of the Ashes through Service” event, more than 100 volunteers will beautify school grounds with classroom art and hallway mural projects. For more information, email udcserves@gmail.com.

Instilling Pride, Creating Legacy: McKinley Mural Project

McKinley Technology High School students and teachers will join dozens of volunteers from the nonprofit Greater DC Cares from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 17 to paint murals in the Northeast DC school as part of its McKinley Technology High School Legacy Project 2011. For more information, email Michael Taylor.

Other Projects in our Schools

  • Behrend Builders and students at Spingarn STAY High School, 2500 Benning Road NE, will revitalize the school in a service project from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 17. Volunteers will paint, create murals a do some minor repairs.
  • At Tubman Elementary, 3101 13th St. NW, Kid Power Inc. will join students and families from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 17 for the launch of the school’s “Citizen Farmer Project,” a semester-long service learning project.
  • More than 500 members of The George Washington University community will partner with Guerilla Arts Ink, a community-based organization specializing in innovative education and cultural arts, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 17 to spruce-up five public schools in southeast D.C. Students and participating volunteers will paint murals, design word art, paint walls, clean and organize rooms, wash tables, windows, desks and do some light yard clean-up. GW President Knapp and Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry will close the day’s activities from 1:45-2 p.m. at Ballou Senior High School, 3401 4th St. SE. Other service sites also include Ballou STAY School (3401 4th St. SE), MC Terrell/McGogney Elementary School (3301 Wheeler Road SE), Stanton Elementary School (2701 Naylor Road SE) and Moten at Wilkinson Elementary (2330 Pomeroy Road SE).

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