Thursday, January 21, 2010

Makin' it a day on, not a day off!

A group of DC Green Muslims signed up for City Year's day of service last MLK Jr. day of service. City Year put together projects to give a major make-over to the Ron Brown Middle School in Northeast, DC. The projects ranged from painting inspirational quotes such as Shakespeare's "All the World's a Stage and all the Men and Women, Merely Players," in the huge theater, to outdoor clean-up work to patching holes in the roof, to making and painting benches to decorating the school's mascot (a rocket ship) up and down the halls of the school.

Our service group was first put on bench painting and we worked together with others to coat a brand new future on their newly refurbished outdoor space. The benches were going to be used in the school's courtyard and inshaAllah will help others enjoy the fresh outdoor space for years to come. While we worked together, other service groups hauled years worth of rubble from the courtyard, while others raked away the rotting leaves and uncovered the treasure that was to become the students of Ron Brown Middle School's new play area.

It was a blessing being able to help beautify this space. When we think of service projects, often we think of hard manual labor, such as planting trees, or building a house with Habitat for Humanity. Beautification of space can be just as important. As I painted the school's halls with the rocket ship mascot, I thought about how these simple strokes of paint created a new, brighter, shinier environment for the children who attended this school.

Thanks to all those who came out, and special thanks to Rizwaan Akhtar for setting up this DC Green Muslims service event.


backtobasics said...

good job! hopefully they were low-VOC paints! :)

Munjed said...

Jazakum Allah kheir for your work. Thanks Sarah for sharing!

Mike said...

Great job everyone :)

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