GE volunteers make a difference at MPS

GE volunteers painted two U.S. maps on the 53rd Street School playground.

GE volunteers painted two U.S. maps on the 53rd Street School playground.

More than 2,000 current and retired General Electric Company volunteers joined together yesterday to paint, clean, organize and landscape the facilities at 15 Milwaukee schools. Now in its 18th year, GE Community Service Day is the largest single-day GE volunteering event in the world.

The initiative is an effort to improve their learning environments in preparation for the upcoming school year. The GE volunteers were joined by nearly 200 volunteers from other companies including the Milwaukee Bucks, Junior Achievement of Wisconsin and Blood Center of Wisconsin.

“Milwaukee Public Schools is grateful for this partnership,” said MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton. “With every stroke of the paint brush, every shovel of dirt and every structure cleaned and built, the GE volunteers are changing the lives of children.”

GE projects included:

  • Audubon School of Technology & Communication Middle School: Volunteers created 20 stenciled murals, redecorated a teachers’ lounge and landscaped 7,000 square feet of grounds.
  • Anna F. Doerfler School: Volunteers installed an outdoor square bench and planter boxes and painted hallways, classrooms and the nurses’ office.
  • Edward A. MacDowell Montessori School: Volunteers created a new daycare room, play area, art area and well as more than 100 feet of plantings in front of the school.
  • Volunteers also constructed bookstore kiosks, organized libraries and helped teachers prepare their classrooms for the new school year.

“We’re proud to roll up our sleeves to help improve Milwaukee and Waukesha Public Schools through this important day,” said Marcelo Mosci, President and CEO, GE Healthcare US & Canada Region. “Community Service Day is an event we look forward to each year and great opportunity for GE Healthcare employees to join with the local community to support students where we live and work.”

The work is part of GE’s broad collaboration with Milwaukee Public Schools, which includes the GE Foundation’s five-year, $20.4-million Developing Futures grant to MPS. The grant has already been used to help implement the district’s Comprehensive Math and Science Plan across more than 150 schools.

Now, 10 MPS GE Demonstration schools will be selected for additional intensive supports to become models for other schools in Milwaukee, and perhaps, across the country.