What does Marvin Gaye have to do with cleaning up the environment?
The Burke 9th grade is the link!
This past Saturday, 48 9th graders spent their Saturday working with Parks and People (www.washingtonparks.net) to help clean up Marvin Gaye Park in NE DC. You may know that Marvin Gaye grew up in Washington, DC, but did you know that our 9th grade sat in one of the venues where he performed? Parks and People held orientation in the very spot where Marvin Gaye entertained DC crowds in a former nightclub.
The service project was a resounding success, with students helping to clean up a playground, stream bed, planting trees and filling up around 20 bags of trash. The students displayed a great attitude and energy, and the 9th grade parents were outstanding volunteer drivers. Dan Berkman (Science Teacher) and Amanda Bozarth (9th Grade Dean) also worked hard to make the day a success.
The 9th grade Service Learning program focuses on exploring our local and city resources to learn how humans impact the environment. They also learn how race, class and income affect health and life choices. Burke has also partnered with the National Park Service to help clean up Pierce Mill Park.
Check out the pix!