National Make a Difference Day!

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Saturday October 24th was a big day for City Year Milwaukee! It finally happened, we had our first ever service day, and it came on National Make a Difference Day. We spent several weeks planning and preparing for this event, and what an event it turned out to be! We partnered with Fernwood Montessori School to build a large stone labyrinth which completed the service learning unit for the kindergarten class. We had volunteers come out from all over the Milwaukee area. Faculty from the school and City Year Alumni were on hand to serve during the day as well.

Together, we transformed an unusable and muddy area of the students’ playground into an area of reflection. The students will be able to walk through the maze and deliberately take time to think about their day and dream about their future. The volunteers met at the school for the opening ceremony where City Year Corps Members led a powerful and energetic program.      The principal of the school, Mr. Sanchez, said a few words to the crowd and one of the teachers gave a brief overview on how the project came to life due to the kindergarten class wanting to transform their school. For lunch, the generosity of Erbert’s & Gerbert’s Subs bestowed a might feast for all who were serving. This included soup, subs, and cookies. Overall, it was a very successful day and we can’t wait for our next project.

Written by Jason Beinemann and Liz Gaspar.