July 8, 2008
CINCINNATI, Ohio -- More than 500 GE Volunteers beautified two Cincinnati Public School (CPS) buildings in a huge "makeover" event today. Two CPS schools - Hoffman-Parham Elementary and the former Burton Elementary - were refurbished to house a total of 1,000 students.
"It's great to be here with 500-plus GE Volunteers working for Cincinnati Public Schools in one day," said GE Aviation Vice President of Engineering, Jeanne Rosario. "Our partnership with CPS is long and deep. GE employees are passionate volunteers for Cincinnati Public Schools as well as many other education and charitable efforts. It's our honor to help any way that we can."
CPS Superintendent Rosa Blackwell and other CPS and GE leaders also were on hand for the celebration.
"Because both of these school buildings will become swing space next school year under our Facilities Master Plan, they will be unfamiliar to many students when school starts August 19," said Superintendent Blackwell. "Thanks to the energy, efficiency and dedication of the GE Volunteers, these children will enter buildings that are inviting and welcoming, which will help ease their transition."
At both schools, GE Volunteers landscaped grounds, provided outdoor maintenance and building repair, painted classrooms, halls, cafeterias, restrooms and offices. Each school also selected two colorful murals that were painted and hung as a unique welcome to students. The event was part of GE's annual Global Community Days, in which GE Volunteers participate in community service projects worldwide.
GE Aviation, an operating unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), is one of the world's leading manufacturers of jet engines for civil and military aircraft. GE also is a world-leading provider of maintenance and support services for jet engines.
Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) - a district with 62 schools serving a diverse population of more than 34,000 students in grades preschool to 12 - prepares students for life through rigorous academic programs, numerous enrichment opportunities and strong community partnerships.