May 31, 2016

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Earlier this month, The Mission Continues worked alongside 1st grade students at Democracy Prep in Washington D.C. to put together a Teacher Work Room. Our regional Executive Director Mary Beth Bruggeman and service platoon member Johanna Ciezczak joined the project, which took place on the last day of the school’s week of service.

The week of service was implemented by teachers who wanted to build a culture of community service for students. While there, we had a chance to talk to 1st grade students about the importance of service and tell them our story. Most important, we shared how much we enjoy serving at their school and why we do it.

The Mission Continues was chosen, along with other choice organizations, to participate in this week of service. Students in each grade served their local community – giving back to veterans, firefighters, police officers, the environment, and senior citizens.

This was not their first time interacting with The Mission Continues. The students remembered us because we built them a garden on the anniversary of 9/11. Since then, they have made wonderful memories of that garden.

Mary Beth said, “They eventually put other veterans together with the garden, making our work there come full circle. They were able to connect us and our service directly back to them and their school, which was really fulfilling.”

After our visit, the students sent us these thank you cards!


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