This was an exciting day for City Year Washington, DC, and for the 1,000 volunteers who came out to support our work at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Volunteers painted murals, built bookshelves and created teaching materials for classrooms at Burrville Elementary, Drew Elementary and Kelly Miller Middle Schools. What a surprise when President Obama, the First Lady and daughters Sasha and Malia dropped in to help! Before addressing the audience to talk about the importance of national service, they grabbed paint brushes and helped stain bookshelves which were placed in classrooms at Burrville Elementary School.

You can find coverage of the event at the links below.

NBC: Obama: National Day of Service ‘is really what America is about’

MSNBC: Obama addresses volunteers on National Service Day

CNN: Obamas, Bidens participate in Day of Service

Washington Post: Obama participates in National Day of Service

City Year Washington, DC thanks event sponsor Honest Tea, who was on hand to keep our volunteers hydrated, and Whole Foods, who donated fruit to keep them well-fed.

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