On Martin Luther King Day in Los Angeles, more than 1000 community and corporate volunteers came together to revitalize the campus of Washington Irving Middle School, a Title I school serving mostly students from struggling communities. Coaching Corps staff and AmeriCorps Coaches joined in on the effort as well. Research shows that children learn better in an environment that they can feel proud of and comfortable in. Volunteers drew murals, painted school buildings and grounds, planted flowers, shrubs and created an enjoyable outdoor learning environment.
The school wanted math education to be a part of the day as well and so volunteers were engaged in math-themed projects like an interactive chess training and tournament with the children.
“I am very proud of the work the Coaching Corps LA team did that day. It was amazing to see this event bring such a huge and diverse group of people together to work on one community project,” said Angi Daus, an AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer with Coaching Corps. “The best part of the day was watching the positive changes take place throughout the campus and how grateful the school’s principal was to have us all there. I look forward to future volunteer events with L.A. Works!”