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Thousands of volunteers skip work, spruce up schools

Posted at 5:29 PM, Aug 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-08 18:29:37-04

Milwaukee, WI - Once each year, GE employees trade in office work for work in the classroom and this year was no different. 

“This is our chance, once a year, to kind of roll up our sleeves, get a little dirty, and do something really good for the community," Brian McEathron said. 

And he even has markings of years past to prove his dedication to the cause.

“My shoes have got colors from 20 years worth of painting on them," McEathron said. 

But McEathron is just one of thousands. In fact, nearly 2,000 GE employees and retirees learned their way around a paintbrush Wednesday, doing work principal Maria Gonzalez Edwards said will not only improve the interior of her school but also leave a lasting impression on her students.

"I’m like emotional about it. That so many people would be committed to our kids and to this school," Maria Gonzalez Edwards said. 

This year marks the 24th year of GE Community Service Day in Milwaukee. 20 different schools in the Milwaukee area benefited from the day of service, impacting at least 10,000 students.