Second Year Success – DCPS Beautification Day 2012

Posted August 25, 2012

Slapshot lends a shovel during 2012 DCPS Beautification Day festivities(All Photos Credit: M. Richter)

Each August, the DC Public Schools hold a “Beautification Day” in preparation for the academic year. For the second time in a row, the Washington Capitals partnered up with Thurgood Marshall Elementary School to get things ready for the first day of school on Monday.

Navy-shirted volunteers were joined by a couple of big names as they worked their way around the school.  First, there was John Marshall, a lifetime Capitals fan (and self-professed frequent visitor to the penalty box during his own days as a hockey player in the DC Metro area) and son of Thurgood Marshall.  He was joined by newcomer Mike Ribeiro, the center who was acquired by the Caps this summer in trade with the Dallas Stars.

Turnout was fantastic, with Caps fans working alongside members of the Department of Agriculture’s People’s Garden program and local residents.  Projects included mural painting, garden maintenance, shed construction, bag and table assembly, and providing on-site teachers with classroom preparations as needed.  In addition to providing many of the supplies, Washington Capitals Charities chipped in for a pizza lunch for the volunteers when the work was completed.

Mike Ribeiro and his daughter help to paint a garden box behind the school.

Once Ribeiro's daughter realized pink was an option, the two quickly migrated.

Planting boxes behind the school. To the untrained eye, it might appear that an Easter basket exploded.

John Marshall was in charge of the tool shed construction.

A mural takes shape near the pool.