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Capitals Participated in D.C. Public School Beautification Day

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, VA. – Coach Bruce Boudreau and defenseman Brian Pothier along with members of the Washington Capitals front office participated in the annual D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) Beautification Day on Saturday, Aug. 22. 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.

“This is important for the kids to see that people care about them and their schools,” said Boudreau. We hope the kids come to school on Monday and see all of the changes and hopefully they will get excited about school.”
Fans were encouraged to volunteer with the Capitals and participate in the event. The Capitals hosted projects at Emery Education Campus in Northeast Washington, where 82 people volunteered, and King Elementary School in Southeast Washington, where 42 people volunteered. D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee stopped by King Elementary School to see how the sprucing up was going.
The Caps and volunteers helped spruce up the schools for the upcoming school year and planted flowers, mulched, painted, cleaned out old books and assembled goody bags for students. Volunteers received a free Caps T-shirt for helping out.
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.
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