Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and I joined more than 750 volunteers today in a “Day of Service” atSullivan High School and Kilmer Elementary School to honor the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The event organized by AmeriCorps City Year Chicago brought together hundreds of community residents, students, faculty and volunteers from across the City to beautify the two schools. Volunteers painted murals and inspirational quotes in the schools’ hallways and cafeterias. Others built mural backed benches and planter boxes.
The Mayor and I were assigned assigned the task of painting several Sullivan High School logos that will be posted in Sullivan’s cafeteria (judging by the quality of our handiwork, neither one of us should give up our day jobs).
I was especially proud to join Sullivan Principal Chad Adams (see photo below) and Kilmer Principal Jean McKeown Papagianis, two dynamic principals who have made dramatic strides in improving their respective schools since coming on board this past fall.
“This is exactly what Dr. King meant when he gave his speech,” said Principal Adams to the assembled volunteers. “This is a day on for Martin Luther King Jr., not a day off.”
I couldn’t have said it better myself.