President and First Lady Build School Garden with FoodCorps for MLK Day of Service

From The Washington Post:

“The president and first lady took part Monday in a community service project at Leckie Elementary School in Washington, D.C., where a high proportion of students come from military families. The Obamas, joined by several AmeriCorps program volunteers and young men and women who are part of the White House’s mentoring program, helped to assemble a garden bed, plant vegetable seeds and pack bags with books for those in need at the school as part of the MLK National Day of Service. Corporation for National and Community Service CEO Wendy Spencer, whose agency administers AmeriCorps and leads the service day honoring King’s work, also participated.”


From the White House blog:

Wendy Spencer, the CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), shared why Leckie Elementary School:

“City Year and FoodCorps AmeriCorps members have helped Leckie improve student attendance and behavior while increasing literacy skills, physical activity, and healthy eating habits. In fact, Leckie is proud to be recognized for closing the achievement gap for students of color in both math and reading for three consecutive years.”

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