ARLINGTON, Va. – Coach Bruce Boudreau, defenseman Brian Pothier and members of the Washington Capitals front office will participate in the annual D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) Beautification Day on Saturday, Aug. 22 from 8 a.m. to noon. DCPS Beautification Day is part of the nationwide United We Serve program, which is a joint initiative between the White House and the Corporation for National and Community Service and runs from June 22 - Sept. 11.
Fans are encouraged to volunteer with the Capitals and participate in the event. The Capitals will be hosting projects at Emery Education Campus in Northeast Washington and King Elementary School in Southeast Washington.
The Caps and volunteers will help spruce up the schools for the upcoming school year and will be planting flowers, mulching, painting, cleaning and assembling goody bags for students.
Volunteers can register by following this link
and each fan who signs up to help will receive a free Caps T-shirt. Volunteers will receive more information about the project after they register and select either the Emery Education Campus or King Elementary School (schools are listed at the bottom of the list) as their service location.
DCPS Beautification Day is the start of a partnership that Washington Capitals Charities will share with Serve DC – The Mayor’s Office of Volunteerism during the 2009-10 season. Serve DC’s mission is to strengthen and promote the spirit of service in the District of Columbia through partnerships, national service and volunteerism. Washington Capitals Charities’ partnership with Serve DC would focus on two things: community service and adopting two local schools (Emery Education Campus and King Elementary School) for the season.
In addition to DCPS Beautification Day, the Caps will host a service event in January 2010 near Martin Luther King Day that fans can participate in. The Capitals will also visit both Emery Education Campus and King Elementary School for a Hockey School program, which will involve a floor hockey session for students, in February 2010 to celebrate the NHL’s Hockey is for Everyone month. The schools are also encouraged to participate in Caps@School, a new program the Capitals launched this year for students in grades four, five and six.
Emery Education Campus is also launching an environmental program this year and Caps forward Matt Bradley, who is an avid environmentalist, will help celebrate the United We Serve program by participating in the school’s greening process.
To celebrate the year, students from both Emery Education Campus and King Elementary School will be invited to Kettler Capitals Iceplex for a pizza party and a free skating lesson.
Interested parties seeking more information should contact Elizabeth Wodatch, director of community relations for the Capitals at firstname.lastname@example.org