Microsoft employees spend Day of Caring at schools in Shoreline

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Parkwood volunteers and kids
Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

More than 200 volunteers from Microsoft devoted their time on Friday, Sept. 20 to beautifying three Shoreline schools as part of the United Way of King County Day of Caring. 

They tirelessly pulled weeds at Briarcrest, Parkwood and the Shoreline Children’s Center, renovated flower beds with new plants, laid mulch and even painted murals. 

About 130 of the volunteers, from Microsoft’s marketing and operations department, cleaned up the Parkwood campus. They purchased paint, plants and other supplies, completely renovating several of the garden areas and courtyards.

Students drew the pictures and the Microsoft volunteers
painted them on murals
Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

Parkwood students drew pictures which the adult volunteers replicated on plywood murals that now hang on fences at the school – showcasing its diversity, unity and overall school excellence.

Microsoft donated an Xbox 360 to the Parkwood PE program (kids can dance or do fitness activities via Kinect) and 25 new Surface tablets for classroom use. 

Cleaning up the gardens at the Children's Center
Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools
At the Children’s Center, volunteers from Microsoft’s IT department returned for the 8th consecutive year, performing maintenance on a number of planting projects, benches and structures they constructed on previous visits.


Anonymous,  September 26, 2013 at 6:05 AM  

It always puzzles me why a district with millions in reserves can't have an adequate grounds crew. Rather than having Microsoft employees pull weeds, wouldn't it be better to have them spend time tutoring and mentoring?

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