On April 5, City Year partnered with Starbucks to bring 400 volunteers together at Johnson Middle School in Southeast Washington, DC. Volunteers painted murals throughout the school, planted flowers, made repairs to the football field, and built flower planters and picnic tables. The projects helped to make Johnson Middle School, which enrolls more than 250 students, a more exciting, vibrant and engaging environment in which to learn.
Jer’quan Fraley, a sixth grader at Johnson Middle School, after seeing the progress volunteers were making in his school, said “The school is different. It’s better all around.” Tai-hi Tyler, also a sixth grader at Johnson Middle School, said he would “like to thank volunteers for making the football field look good.” Fraley and Tyler are members of the Johnson Middle School Drumline, which performed for the volunteers during the service day’s opening program.
During an opening program, Carol Campbell-Fullard, principal at Johnson Middle School, thanked volunteers for their service on behalf of the students and welcomed them to the school. Executive Director of Serve DC Jeffrey Richardson and Regional Director at Starbucks Jackie Myers also addressed the volunteers and participated in service.
This project at Johnson Middle School is one of many projects taking place throughout the month of April as part of Starbucks Global Month of Service. Starbucks is strengthening and expanding its third Global Month of Service with partnerships that drive tailored community service projects in the hometowns of its stores throughout April in select U.S. cities to create positive, long-term change. Thousands of partners, customers and community organizations around the world are coming together to participate in service projects that address their unique, local community needs.
In addition to service activities planed by the City Year CSX Transportation Civic Engagement Team, City Year partners with public schools and teachers to help keep students in school and on track to succeed. In more than 20 communities across the United States and through two international affiliates, this innovative public-private partnership brings together teams of young AmeriCorps members who commit to a year of full-time service in schools. Corps members provide individual support to students who need extra care and attention, focusing on attendance, behavior and course performance through in- class tutoring, mentoring and after-school programs.