Butler Middle School was full of activity Wednesday as 164 GE Healthcare volunteers were painting hallways and offices, landscaping the outdoor area, fixing a flood-prone shed and upgrading the long jump area.
The volunteers were getting school buildings ready for the 2012-13 school year. In addition to Butler Middle School, GE employees were at 15 Milwaukee schools and four other public schools in Waukesha:
The volunteers were from the Waukesha-based GE Healthcare plant. The Waukesha School District begins classes on Sept. 4.
“It is not just for your school,” explained Benjamin Fox, global public relations manager for GE Healthcare. “It is for your neighborhood.”
More than 2,800 GE employees volunteered during the company’s largest single-day worldwide volunteer event in its 18th year. In addition to current GE employees, nearly 200 volunteers from outside the company joined in the event including GE retirees and members of the Milwaukee Bucks and BloodCenter of Wisconsin, according to a news release.
“GE Healthcare is pleased to volunteer our time and efforts to help enhance the resources available at Milwaukee and Waukesha Public Schools,” said Marcelo Mosci, President and CEO, GE Healthcare US & Canada Region in the release. “This event is a proud tradition for our employees and a welcome opportunity to help support education in our local communities.”