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Atlanta Department of Corrections Officers Work With School Children on Project for “Green Apple Day of Service”
Posted Date: 9/26/2012 5:15 PM
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News Release

Atlanta Department of Corrections Officers Work With School Children on Project for “Green Apple Day of Service”

ATLANTA – The City of Atlanta Department of Corrections, along with the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, is teaming up with Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School to celebrate a Green Apple Day of Service this Thursday September 27th at 9:30am.  This is the second project the Department of Corrections has sponsored for Bethune Elementary, its adopted Atlanta Public School.

The event is a partnership with The Department of Corrections, the U.S. Green Building Council of Georgia, Ernst & Young, Coca-Cola and The Home Depot. 

The program, “Harvesting the Rain: A Lesson in Sustainability”, will initially involve painting six barrels, with a total of 22 within the next three months.  The students at Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School will decorate the barrels with assistance from officers with the Department of Corrections’ VIPER Team.  The barrels will then be used to collect storm water to be used by their school in a variety of ways. 

The Department of Corrections VIPER team consists of 14 officers who assist staff in case of an emergency at the detention center.

The U.S. Green Building Council of GA and Coca-Cola donated 22 barrels to the school, while The Home Depot donated several aprons for the kids to wear while painting.

 “This is the perfect marriage between the Department of Corrections, the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School,”  said Corrections Chief Patrick Labat. “It is a chance for us to continue investing in our children’s future by teaching them the importance of using the resources we have on hand to better our lives.”

 Bethune Elementary School is located at 220 Northside Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30314

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