AmeriCorps Participates in National Youth Service Day:

Elementary School Gets Mural

AmeriCorps* National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) sent a team of 11 corps members to Dallas Nicholas Elementary on April 20 to celebrate National Youth Service Day cleaning and preparing a wall and repairing a fence. This advance work made it possible for the children at the school to paint a mural on a wall in the surrounding community.

On the 27th of April, children from the school painted the mural.

"To help these kids, to help this community to make them feel proud of their neighborhood, to work alongside them to put some beauty in their everyday lives, to feel we made a difference, that's all that matters. That's the most important thing," said AmeriCorps NCCC member Sheila Blomgren.

National Youth Service Day represents the coming together of the private, public and nonprofit sectors in the community. It celebrates the energy of young people and recognizes the contributions they make in their communities year-round.

The NCCC is part of AmeriCorps, a network of national service programs created to improve the environment, enhance education, increase public safety and address unmet human needs. AmeriCorps* NCCC members are ages 18-24 and must complete 1700 hours of community service during their 10-month commitment. In exchange, members receive $4,725 to help pay for college or repay school loans. Visit or call 1-800-942-2677.

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This story was published on May 2, 2002.