Posted by on September 12, 2011 in Blog

On Saturday, September 10, the Arab American Institute Foundation took part in the 9/11 Day of Service sponsored by Serve DC and Greater DC Cares. Working at JC Nalle Elementary School in Anacostia, AAI volunteers helped clean up and repaint several classrooms, in order to provide a better learning environment for the district’s children. “The Service Day was an extremely fulfilling experience. It gave me the chance not only to give back but also gave me the opportunity to get to know members of my own organization better,” said Maha Neouchy, a fall intern at the institute. “I would do it again in a heartbeat.”

Though the primary purpose of the day was to rekindle the spirit of service that emerged after the tragedy of 9/11, many volunteers appreciated the opportunity to engage with the broader community in a manner they would not normally experience. “If participating in service day showed me anything, it’s how much can and should be accomplished right here in D.C. Because I am so focused on international problems at school, it was a great reminder that there is still so much help needed at home,” said Emily Manna. “The work we did in one morning was fantastic, but it also gave me a glimpse at how important volunteer efforts are to schools like JC Nalle, and how necessary it is that we continue to participate in projects like these.” 

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