RI AmeriCorps Members honor September 11 through service at Roger Williams Middle School


Contact: Bernie Beaudreau
(401) 331-2298 ext. 102

As part of this year’s September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, over 100 Rhode Island AmeriCorps members and other volunteers will clean and repaint classrooms and hallways at the Roger Williams Middle School in memory of the victims of September 11, 2001. Nationally, volunteers will participate in a range of service projects from emergency preparedness training and home repairs to neighborhood cleanups and assembling care packages for members of our armed forces.

In April 2009 President Obama signed the Serve America Act into law and designated September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance—capping a nine-year effort by families of the victims. Marking last year’s day of service and remembrance, the President stated it was an opportunity to “renew the true spirit of that day,” and “summon once more that ordinary goodness of America – to serve our communities, to strengthen our country, and to better our world.”

On July 30th when 252 employees of Fidelity Investments cleaned and painted, and 43 employees of Hasbro Inc. did the same on August 5th, a consistent effort was initiated to improve one of Providence’s most devastated facilities. Tomorrow, AmeriCorps members and other volunteers will continue to beautify the school, making it a more comfortable and stimulating learning environment.

Tomorrow's volunteer crews have been recruited by Serve Rhode Island and will complete projects coordinated by Jane Eskelund of Rebuilding Together.

Roger Willaims Middle School Principal Brean Wright and Executive Director of Serve Rhode Island Bernie Beaudreau will be on hand to direct the work.

“Now more than ever it is vital to provide clean and operational facilities for students and give them a sense of stewardship for their education, local community involvement as well as personal growth,” states Beaudreau.

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