Second annual DCPS Beautification Day, scheduled for Saturday, August 26, 2006
- FOR IMMEDIATE
CONTACT: Kris Tyler Benjamin
SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES PREPARE FOR DCPS BEAUTIFICATION DAY
"Citywide effort designed to improve school facilities for the new
Washington D.C. The District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) and
their communities are preparing for the 2nd annual DCPS
Beautification Day, scheduled for Saturday, August 26, 2006. The
community event, a citywide cleanup and `spruce-up' at all DCPS
schools, will take place from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Volunteers
from across the city are invited to come together to sweep, mulch,
paint, plant flowers, pick up trash, and perform many other duties
designed to improve the appearance of school facilities and help
prepare them for students when they return to class on August 28.
"This is an important civic event," said Superintendent Clifford B.
Janey. "Our children deserve to come back to a clean, inviting, and
educationally conducive learning atmosphere. The community's
participation in Beautification Day lets our students know we care
about getting the school year off to the right start. I welcome
parents, teachers, neighbors and all DC residents who want to come
out and pitch in."
In addition to parents, teachers, and members of the school
community, organizations and businesses are strongly encouraged to
participate. Volunteers can sign up individually or in a group, and
every school can participate. All necessary materials shovels,
rakes, gloves, mulch, flowers, water, etc. will be provided.
Donations of materials and other items are also welcome.
"I'm very excited about this year's Beautification Day," said
Councilmember Kathy Patterson, Chair of the Council's Committee on
Education, Libraries, and Recreation. "It's something we can do
together as a community and I encourage everyone in the city to come
out and help on August 26. To see the project up and running again
for the second year in a row and to see the community rallying
around it with such energy makes us all proud."
The Beautification Day began, at the initiative of Councilmember
Patterson, with one-time funding for summer 'fix-up' projects
provided by the Council of the District of Columbia and Mayor
Williams. Last year, more than 1000 volunteers participated.
The Washington Teachers Union (WTU) also supports the Beautification
Day efforts. WTU President George Parker notes, "The WTU supports a
positive and attractive learning environment for all students in
D.C. Public Schools. This is essential and sends a message that we
value our students enough to give them the very best. We encourage
all teachers, parents and the entire community to embrace this
To sign up to volunteer, or to receive more information, contact
Kris Tyler Benjamin at 202-727-0488 (Email:
volunteer4schools@...) or visit the DCPS website at
www.dcpsbeautificationday.info; Eric Lerum (Council of the District
of Columbia) at 202-724-8062; or Troy Howard (WTU) at 202-293-8622.
Kris Tyler Benjamin
District of Columbia Public Schools
825 North Capitol Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Tel: (202) 727.0488
Cell: (202) 491.0138
Fax: (202) 442-5028
"DCPS: Success, One Student at a Time"