For the past two years, YouthBuild Philly staff and students have commemorated the legacy of Dr. King on MLK Day by repainting elementary schools (see 2013, 2014 posts). Last Monday, we continued this tradition by repainting the hallways, stairways, gym and auditorium at McMichael Elementary in the Mantua section of the city. In some of the school’s classrooms, volunteers also created blankets and care packages for Philadelphians in need.
For this year’s project we proudly partnered with local Starbucks locations, whose employees joined us at McMichael Elementary. You’ll see them working hard in the photos below – they’re in the green shirts. We’ve had volunteer days with Starbucks employees in the past, and every project generates new relationships and ideas. We are grateful to them for helping us improve the McMichael facilities, and excited to continue working with them as a service and employment partner!