Hands on DC kicked off the 2012-13 school year with its first work-a-thon on November 3. More than 150 volunteers spent their Saturday at Noyes Education Campus and Powell Elementary School.
- Volunteers painted 50 doors, completed 6 murals and replaced play rugs in all of the early learning rooms at Noyes with bright, educational solar system rugs.
- Volunteers came on their own and as teams, including teams from Booz-Allen Hamilton, Johns Hopkins SAIS Corps, Washington International School, Howard University’s Phi Beta Sigma and more.
- We’ve included a few pictures of the event in this post. You can see more on the Hands on DC Facebook album.
The next work-a-thon will be in February. If you (and your friends!) are interested in participating, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We anticipate this event to be as popular as the November one; sign up early.
Chancellor Henderson at Beautification Day with Hands on DC!
Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers at this weekend’s Beautification Day! Beautification Day is an annual event held by DCPS to organize volunteers to help get schools ready for the school year. This year, Hands on DC helped recruit 75 volunteers for projects at Kenilworth Elementary, Orr Elementary, and Francis Stevens Education Campus.
Here’s a snapshot of what we accomplished at at just one school, Orr Elementary:
- General grounds weeding, trimming, mulching, and planting
- Painted a 200 feet chain link fence
- Painted 4 entry doors
- Painted walls on exterior stairway
- Weeded, mulched, and planted flowers and vegetables in the interior courtyard.
- Cleaned out two storage rooms
- Helped teachers with classroom organization
SHOUTOUTS: Thank you Chancellor Henderson, Chief of Police Lanier, and Mayor Gray for stopping by Orr Elementary and helping out! Thank you to Councilmember Jack Evans for joining us at Francis Stevens! Special shoutout to the Booz Allen Hamilton’s teams at Kenilworth and Francis Stevens! And of course, we couldn’t have done this without continuing support from DCPS staff and administrators.
Hands on DC organizes volunteer events to help rehabilitate and beautify DC Public Schools all year round! Sign up for our mailing list to get the most up-to-date news about our events.
Thank you all for participanting, contributing, or otherwise making the Work-a-thon awesome. We appreciate everyone’s hard work and hope to see you again next year.
This year’s Work-a-thon volunteers:
- went to 22 DC schools
- completed 220 total projects
- 300 gallons of paint and 1100 paint brushes used on:
- 250 doors
- 43 murals
- lots of walls
- spread 3,159 cubic feet of mulch
- used 986 cubic feet of topsoil
- volunteered with 139 teams
- helped raised $55,000 for Work-a-thon projects and scholarships.
Check out Work-a-thon pictures on our Facebook Page>
For the past four years, Hands on DC has held a March Mural Madness event. Each year it has gotten bigger and better. Thank you to all the volunteers who came out to help us paint murals on Saturday. In total, 16 murals were completed at three different schools by 81 Hands on DCers. Total mural madness achieved!
See more photos from this year’s Mural Madness on our Facebook Page.
To all the volunteers who joined us on January 28 – thank you! The school officials we were working with were thrilled by the work you did.
Here’s a breakdown of the event by numbers:
- More than 80 people participated
- More than 20 projects completed
- 7 murals painted
- 2 school libraries organized.
Check out photos from the event on our Facebook photo album.