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DC Public Schools Beautification Day

Jul 29, 2014 04:08AM

Beautification Day, supported by the D.C. Public Schools (DCPS), is a citywide “spruce up” of all D.C. public school buildings in preparation for the first day of school. Beautification efforts included landscaping, trash pickup, light painting, planting flowers and other external beautification efforts. Volunteers can lend a hand to this effort, started first in 2005, on August 23. Last year, more than 4,100 people worked at 105 different schools to prepare for the students’ big, first day.

It is important to register for the event and in the spirit of meeting the schools' needs and the DCPS encourages volunteers to register as "flexible." However, volunteers can also indicate preference for a particular school on the registration form. Once registered, volunteers will receive an email confirming this assignment within a few business days. On the day of service, volunteers should wear comfortable clothing and closed-toed shoes. Be aware that your clothes might get dirty due to the nature of the tasks involved.

Each school will have a site manager who will welcome volunteers and provide an overview of the day. Please make sure to register when you arrive and complete a participation form. Most schools have parking spaces that volunteers can utilize or find street parking near their assigned school. Breakfast will not be provided, but the DCPS will provide snacks and water for all volunteers.

Beautification Day will be held Saturday, August 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information and to register, visit

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