GE Volunteers Give Back to Milwaukee and Waukesha Public Schools with 15th Annual Community Service Day
For the 15th year running, GE Healthcare employees in the Milwaukee-area will participate in what is the largest, single-day GE volunteering event in the world by helping 15 Milwaukee Public Schools and 5 Waukesha Public Schools get ready for the new school year.
WAUWATOSA, WI. – For the 15th year running, GE Healthcare employees in the Milwaukee-area will participate in what is the largest, single-day GE volunteering event in the world by helping 15 Milwaukee Public Schools and 5 Waukesha Public Schools get ready for the new school year. Over 2,500 volunteers from local GE businesses will work with nearly 600 MPS and WPS staff members to help paint, clean, organize and provide landscaping for local schools.
What all began at Clarke Street Elementary School in 1994 with just 50 volunteers and only a couple activities has grown exponentially in numbers of volunteers, projects and communities impacted. This year, for the first time, GE volunteers will also be assisting elementary and high schools in the Waukesha Public School system. Today, GE volunteers will look to dedicate almost 18,000 total hours improving the learning environments of the schools in our community.
“Community Service Day is an opportunity for us to give back to and engage in activities to strengthen the educational foundation of the communities we live in,” said Mark Vachon, President and CEO of GE Healthcare’s Americas region. “I want to thank our employees and the Milwaukee and Waukesha Public Schools for what has been an on-going 15-year commitment to this wonderful program. By creating more positive learning environments, we are truly changing the lives of our community’s students.”
This year, each school has at least one major showcase project, including Morse Middle School where nearly 100 volunteers are upgrading the baseball field with new infield soil and rebuilding the team benches. Over 200 volunteers at Waukesha South High School are helping build a concrete staircase between the softball and soccer fields, providing a much-needed safety improvement at the school. Other major volunteer activities throughout the day include creating a learning center for a special education room at Hopkins Street Elementary, repainting playground lines, painting fences and bathrooms and helping teachers set up classrooms for the new year.
“GE Healthcare’s Community Service Day has provided an immeasurable benefit to Milwaukee Public Schools,” said MPS Superintendent William Andrekopoulos. “It is a community partnership that adds great value for the students and teachers in the schools. We are very grateful for the work and help of the GE Healthcare employees and MPS staff who make this day such a success.”
In 15 years GE employees have provided more than 120,000 hours of volunteer service to schools in Milwaukee and among many projects have painted more than 350 murals for numerous elementary, middle and high schools in Southeastern Wisconsin.
B-roll and live volunteer interviews anytime between, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Best visuals at Clarke Street Elementary, Burdick Elementary, Northwest Secondary and Waukesha South HS (Earlier interviews at school sites upon request).
Schools involved in this year’s project include:
Milwaukee Public Schools:
Auer Avenue - 2319 W Auer
Burdick – 4348 S Griffin Ave
Clarke Street - 2816 W Clarke
Hayes – 2431 S 10th Street
Hopkins - 1503 W Hopkins
Keefe Avenue - 1618 W Keefe
Kluge – 5760 N 67th Street
LaFollette - 3239 N 9th Street
Starms – 2035 N 25th Street
Westside II - 1940 N 36th
Bay View High School - 2751 S Lenox
Custer High – 5075 N Sherman Blvd
Morse Middle – 4601 N 84th Street
Northwest Secondary – 5496 N 72nd Street
Riverside University High School- 1615 E Locust
Waukesha Public Schools:
Bethesda – 730 S University Dr
Hillcrest – 2200 Davidson Road
Hawthorne – 1111 Maitland Dr
West High School – 3301 Saylesville Road
South High School – 401 East Roberta Ave
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