Volunteer Locally, Your Services Are Needed
This morning I took part in the DCPS beautification day at Wheatley Education Campus (Neal Street). We unpacked books, organized the library, moved supplies, and generally helped get the school ready for the students who will pass through its doors on Monday morning. Aside from the many teachers and other school employees we had 21 volunteers (four of whom were the principal's wife, two daughters, and a friend). Nine of those volunteers came from McLean Bible Church (yes, from McLean Virginia), seven from the Trinidad neighborhood (including one parent of a student, and one student), one was a social worker who works out of the school (not a DCPS employee, but rather a DMH employee). Yes, ONE Wheatley parent. Interestingly, of the Trinidad volunteers, one is a Wheatley student, one is his mother, one has grown children, and the other four have no children. We have lots of churches in Trinidad (maybe close to 20), but none of them showed up this morning. But the folks from a church in Virginia were able to turn out to help. Seriously Trinidad? We got the work done, but it took a little longer than scheduled.
The school serves many kids who come from pretty modest means, and the school can always use donations of certain items (like pencils, backpacks, and basketballs). They are also currently seeking volunteers interested in engaging the students in various enrichment activities. They could also use some tutors.