One Day in Schools Can Spark a Lifelong Commitment to a Cause

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One Day in Schools Can Spark a Lifelong Commitment to a Cause One Day in Schools Can Spark a Lifelong Commitment to a Cause
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One Day in Schools Can Spark a Lifelong Commitment to a Cause

by Erica Hamilton

February 9, 2013

"Why not volunteer on MLK Day?" was the confused response my 7-year-old son gave when his friend asked why he spent his 'day off' working with 1,000 other volunteers painting, organizing, and building in one of Brooklyn's most underperforming schools. Being a mother and the executive director of City Year New York has offered me many opportunities where my worlds serendipitously intersect and great moments like these are born. And in this particular moment I was reminded once again that the importance of service days like these isn't just the physical improvement we make to the schools we volunteer in, but rather the lasting impression we make in the minds of the volunteers who realize the impact they can have.

Photo courtesy of City Year New York/Dan Lee

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