More than 1,000 GE HealthCare employees and retirees and their friends and family painted, landscaped, and otherwise refreshed six Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) campuses on Thursday, August 17, 2023, during the 27th annual Community Service Day at Milwaukee Public Schools for the company.
The employees worked on playgrounds and in classrooms and hallways at Allen- Field, Brown, Burbank, Cass Street, Franklin and IDEAL schools.
“It’s energizing and rewarding, coming together each year to transform schools to help students and educators begin the new school year with a fresh start,” said Tricia Clark, the Global Head of Environment, Health and Safety for GE HealthCare. “I’m thrilled we’re continuing this great legacy of giving back to the Milwaukee community. It’s something that’s especially close to my heart and one that I look forward to every year. I’m grateful GE HealthCare provides volunteer opportunities like this for colleagues.”
Besides painting walls, murals, and playground lines, weeding, mulching, and planting, volunteers in some cases updated furniture and shelving, and added accessories.
The company also gave $4,000 to each school for project supplies.
The GE HealthCare team plans its Community Service Day more than a year in advance, working with each selected school to identify projects for the volunteers to complete.
The rest of the year, GE Healthcare regularly provides its expertise and volunteers to MPS, focusing on working with students in science, technology, engineering, and math through FIRST Robotics, Lego Leagues, and other programs.
“As we begin another school year, we are grateful to our GE HealthCare partners as they continue to share their generosity and support for our students,” said MPS Superintendent Dr. Keith P. Posley. “For more than 25 years, GE HealthCare has provided a wonderful example of community service for our students and our community. We thank you for continuing your commitment and making a difference for our students.”