January 19, 2013
Today, City Year was honored to host President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and the First Family for a community service project revitalizing a school in the nation's capital.
City Year," the President said, "shows that there's a huge hunger on the part of young people to get involved and to get engaged."
To watch the President and First Lady's remarks at the event, please click here for coverage from MSNBC.
The service event was part of the National Day of Service, a special day of civic commitment leading up to Monday’s presidential inauguration and the national holiday celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The First Family, along with US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Corporation for National and Community Service CEO Wendy Spencer, joined City Year Washington, DC AmeriCorps members and 600 community volunteers to paint inspirational murals, build bookshelves and construct academic data walls at the Burrville Elementary School in Northeast Washington.
I had the opportunity to thank the President and First Lady for their outstanding support for national service, AmeriCorps and City Year, and for honoring City Year by serving with us on this special day of service kicking off the weekend's Inaugural and MLK holiday events.
The City Year Community—including our 2,500 AmeriCorps members who serve every day in more than 240 high-need schools nationwide—is deeply grateful to the President and the First Lady for joining us today and for their leadership every day to foster a strong ethic of service in America and ensure a quality education for all Americans.
Click here to see more pictures from today’s exciting event.
Yours in service,
CEO & Co-Founder
City Year, Inc.