Day of Service at MC Terrell Elementary

Volunteers paint around a date-appropriate poster at MC Terrell Elementary School / photo taken by Rachel Mauro

Volunteers paint around a date-appropriate poster at MC Terrell Elementary School / photo taken by Rachel Mauro

Holding with a longstanding tradition on MLK Day, D.C.’s chapter of Birthright Israel NEXT, the DCJCC’s Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service, and other local Jewish groups gathered at MC Terrell Elementary School in Southeast Washington, D.C. Monday morning to volunteer in the community.

Painting walls was on the agenda for this large structure, which houses over 200 students. Over 80 people in total attended the event, according to staff. Many of them were young adults to young children.

I hung mostly with the Birthright crowd, and we painted a wall in the cafeteria, then a couple on the third floor in the open-space classrooms.

Because so many people were present, we finished well ahead of schedule. Just goes to show you the power of a community coming together for service.

As I was leaving for the day, I overheard a teacher engaging some students about the meaning of volunteerism in Judaism. Click here for more information on tzedakkah, or charity, as provided by MyJewishLearning.com.