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June 26, 2008

Educators Dig In

Moxie_3 Do you happen to have a student who attends Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia? If so, this just might interest them a bit. Students will arrive at Wakefield this fall with pure shock and awe on their faces as they witness a bright and shiny new school all because of the kindness of a few hundred volunteers. Of course, it won't make much of an impact on the freshman, but boy will those upperclassmen be excited as they head back to class! 

This Friday more than 300 college students, teachers, retired educators, higher education faculty and education support professionals from around the country will take a break from the National Education Association Meeting to pick up shovels and start digging in an effort to clean up Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia.

There will be mop dancing and paint brushes swinging and cleaning galore as the NEA Student Program's Outreach to Teach descends on the school in an effort to give the place a face lift. Okay, you probably have some kind of "High School Musical - the Clean Up" version going on in your mind right about now and that wasn't exactly my intention, but you get the point I'm sure.

So the volunteers may not be singing and dancing while they're cleaning and painting, but the group will provide the school with landscaping and a bit of decorating. In fact, Evette Rios (you might know her from "Rachel Ray") will be designing the makeover of the teachers' break room. Each year a public school with high needs is chosen to receive a free makeover in the host city of the NEA Annual Meeting. Last year, Gotwals Elementary School in Norristown, Pennsylvania was selected.

An orginial DC Metro Moms post

You can find niki d. reminiscing on her high school days at mama's got moxie.

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