More than 180 volunteers from CSX and its national service partners Action for Healthy Kids, City Year and Alliance for Community Trees gathered in Philadelphia recently to improve a school and the local environment.
Along with community and school representatives, the volunteers worked throughout the morning at D. Newlin Fell Elementary School, revamping the outdoor playground, installing insulation on pipes in the gymnasium, building bookshelves and storage cubbies and painting murals and repairing school walls.
"The school academically is doing really well but the building does not reflect the great things going on,” said Grace Boal, City Year project manager. “Each project today encourages health and wellness by making the school safer, more beautiful and more friendly."
D. Newlin Fell Principal Omahr Ashe echoed Boal’s sentiments.
"The effort will impact the hundreds of students who will come through our doors every day," Ashe said.
On the same day, ACTrees and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society joined together at The Navy Yard to donate 250 native trees to area residents for planting, in an effort to strengthen the urban tree canopy. This giveaway was made possible through CSX’s partnership with Alliance for Community Trees.
As with the recent CSX Service Day event in Washington, D.C., volunteers, employees and neighbors were encouraged to use #LocalMotive to join an ongoing conversation about CSX’s presence in the communities it serves through volunteerism, job creation, and moving the goods that are essential for the economy.
To join the conversation and find out more about how to participate in a local service day with CSX and its non-profit partners, visit MNN.com/CSXLocalMotive.