Phillips High School
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Volunteer Corps Event
Just returned from a day spent at Phillips High School as part of the White Sox Volunteer Corps. Thank you to all of the 475 volunteers who took part in painting, landscaping, construction and general work on the venerable building and school.
My back is already tired from working with a team of Volunteers to clean off, rake and then re-do the baseball diamond just north of the school. I also pitched in with friends Juan and Jon (who have attended many other events) to drill a few screws on the construction project they were finishing.
The work was amazing to see, particularly the mosiac of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., made completely from dominoes.
Here’s the press release on the day:
WHITE SOX HELP TRANSFORM SOUTH SIDE SCHOOL
Members of White Sox Volunteer Corps and Players
Participate in Service Project On Chicago’s South Side
CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox Volunteer Corps participated in a large-scale service project today at Wendell Phillips Academy High School/Ida B. Wells Preparatory Elementary School on Chicago’s South Side.
Nearly 500 members of the White Sox Volunteer Corps, along with players, front office staff and members of Chicago Cares assisted in the transformation of the historic Bronzeville neighborhood school on the South Side of Chicago, blocks away from U.S. Cellular Field.
The White Sox Volunteer Corps was created by the organization in response to President Obama’s call for Americans to better their communities through service. This season, the team has organized community service events that have incorporated support from players, staff and members of the new volunteer group. More than 3,000 Sox fans and community-focused Chicagoans have signed up for the volunteer corps since its inception.
The transformation of the Phillips High School/Wells Prep Elementary School included:
? The painting of 30 school entrances, 15 classrooms, several stairwells and hallways, in addition to a cafeteria, library, weight room and training room;
? The reconstruction of a baseball field on the school’s campus;
? The creation of a flagstone entrance for faculty;
? And the creation of a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. mosaic in the girls gymnasium.
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, alongside Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and Chicago Fire Commissioner John Brooks, kicked off the day’s activities with words of encouragement for volunteers. White Sox players Daniel Hudson, Alexei Ramirez and Randy Williams, along with coaches Don Cooper, Jeff Cox and Juan Nieves joined volunteers at the school during the transformation.
This White Sox Service Day was developed in partnership with Chicago Cares, with members of the non-profit organization leading the coordination of projects.
And here is the link to a story from whitesox.com:
To see what members of the Volunteer Corps had to say about today’s events and others this year, Click here.
And some early photos from the day …