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Thousands of volunteers to participate in beautification day

DCPS registers greatest number of volunteers in six years of the event

On August 19, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC – More than 4,100 volunteers from across the region will roll up their sleeves and pitch in to help spruce up the interiors and exteriors of 105 District of Columbia public schools on Saturday, Aug. 20 for DCPS Beautification Day 2011.

In its sixth year, the annual Beautification Day involves a variety of stakeholders committed to the success of our students and our schools throughout the district. Each year, thousands of volunteers, including individual community members, corporations, government agencies, faith-based organizations, and local professional sports teams engage in projects that strengthen the bond between the community and our schools.

"Beautification Day is a great way to further integrate our schools into the communities they serve. We are grateful once again to have such an outpouring of support from individuals and organizations across the District," said Mayor Vincent C. Gray. "It is a true example of what we can accomplish when we all come together."

Beautification Day began in 2005 as a service project designed to connect schools with local residents interested in lending a hand to help prepare for the first day of school. This year, volunteers will plant flowers and trim shrubs, touch-up paint on school buildings, clear weeds, remove litter, and clean-up sidewalks and walkways.

"We are fortunate as a school district to have friends and neighbors who share our commitment to providing students with the best learning environment possible," said Chancellor Kaya Henderson. "This final push, in the form of our DCPS' annual Beautification Day, will enable us to put our best foot forward as we welcome our students back to school."

Target, this year's title sponsor, will provide T-shirts, water and snacks for all volunteers.

Among the volunteers will be members of professional soccer team DC United, who will participate in painting and landscaping at Simon Elementary School, and members of the professional hockey team the Washington Capitals, who will clean up the amphitheatre and paint a mural at Marshall Elementary School. Members of the National Guard will go to Spingarn High School to paint interior doors and remove graffiti from school grounds.

The DC Department of Public Works will provide assistance in trash removal after volunteers leave. For more information, please visit                     

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