Mike Green, Capitals Fans Prepare D.C.’s Powell Elementary for School Year
/ Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green and more than 125 Capitals fans volunteered their time today at Powell Elementary School in Washington, D.C., as part of the D.C. Public Schools Beautification Day. Green and the other volunteers took on gardening, painting, cleaning and decorating projects and worked with school teachers and staff to help prepare for the first day of classes on Monday.
“It’s great to see so many people in Caps T-shirts helping out today,” said Green. “These kids deserve a beautiful school where they can feel comfortable. Hopefully we spruced it up a little bit before they come back to school next week.”
The Capitals partnered with Serve DC – The Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism for the second year in a row to participate in D.C. Public Schools Beautification Day. Washington Capitals Charities purchased all of the supplies for today’s efforts and back-to-school items to include in goodie bag for each student.
The Capitals will adopt Powell – a largely minority school for preschoolers through fourth grade – for the 2010-11 school year. The school will be a beneficiary of a Capitals fundraiser, will be enrolled in the Caps@School program, will host a Capitals Hockey School presented by Capital One clinic and will visit Kettler Capitals Iceplex for a skating and pizza party at the end of the year.
Green, 24, is a two-time selection to the NHL First All-Star Team. In 2009-10 he was a finalist for the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman and the NHL Foundation Award for his community service efforts.
After the day’s projects were complete Green took pictures with and signed autographs for volunteers, who were treated to Papa John’s pizza. Vitamin Water and Smart Water also donated products for the volunteers.