In the weeks before the first day of classes, DC Public Schools holds its annual Beautification Day to help prep their area campuses for the coming school year.
    As part of our efforts to create formal volunteer programs where we work, we both helped organize groups of co-workers to join in the activities at two area schools. 
    Beautification Day was the inaugural event for our respective employee volunteer programs, so we were a bit nervous if people would actually show up. Sure, we did a ton of work organizing, recruiting, and hounding co-workers in the weeks before the big event. But still, you never really know what's going to happen until an event like this happens.
    Fortunatley, thanks to good weather and some reliable, volunteer-minded colleagues, more than 30 folks came out to help at each location. Above and below is a small selection of photos from Pew Cares DC's work at Francis Stevens Elementary for the first day of classes. 
    Volunteer (and 1 of 7 board member) Nick Bourke delivering the goods, as always.

    Beautifying the grounds with volunteer Stella Holt.
    To learn more about how you can help, visit DC Public Schools or its Beautification Day webpage
    A huge thanks goes out to all of our colleagues who helped us make the day a huge success. And a special nod goes out to our employers, The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Optical Society of America, for developing and nurturing a workplace where something like this take place. 
    It was a great day of having fun and giving back...and we're looking forward to many more! 

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