Irving Elementary and James E. Dottke High School to be Part of GE Healthcare Community Service Day!

Irving Elementary and James E. Dottke High School to be Part of GE Healthcare Community Service Day!
Posted on 08/05/2019
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On Wednesday, August 21, 2019,  Irving Elementary School and James E. Dottke High School will participate in the 25th Annual GE Healthcare Community Service Day.  It’s the first time schools in the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District will be part of the mega-volunteer service event.

Over 2,100 GE Healthcare employees and retirees are mobilized to selected schools in Milwaukee, Waukesha, and this year: West Allis!  Classrooms will be cleaned, painted, and organized. Volunteers will paint murals and complete landscaping projects. “It's the largest single-day volunteer effort for GE worldwide and this year, we’re part of it,” said Beth Koehler, Director of Communication and Community Services for the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District.  

At Irving Elementary School, more than 130 volunteers comprised of GE Healthcare employees, Irving Staff, and Irving Parents will help beautify the school to enhance the learning environment for learners.  Many indoor/outdoor painting projects are on the task list. “We’ll be cleaning up the Irving garden, creating a ceiling mural in the library, installing a sensory hallway, doing some landscaping, and more,” said Principal, Christine Gosch.

“In addition, GE Healthcare has provided generous funding that is helping us upgrade our tot lot,” adds Gosch. “
Now, due to their support, our youngest children will have a dynamic, inclusive, new play area. The playground project was also made possible by Irving Elementary School PTA, BCI Burke Company, and a memorial in honor of former Irving 4K and Early Childhood Special Education teacher, Cindy Vitale. 

A large team of volunteers will also report to James E. Dottke High School.  Plans are underway to relocate the library, paint the hallways with murals and create a more vibrant setting. A big focus will be repainting the auditorium. 

Transitioning from an intermediate building to a high school has made us very aware of our physical space,” explains Principal, Greg Goelz. “We haven’t had the resources to make an imprint of who we are.”

“With help from GE Healthcare, we’re going to complete projects in a day that would take weeks to finish. We are working to create an environment that reflects our motto, ‘Like the Phoenix, we rise!’” adds Goelz.

“We are excited that two schools in our District were selected by GE Healthcare.  It’s a partnership we are very happy about,” said Superintendent, Dr. Marty Lexmond. “The organization and teamwork is amazing.  With the help of these volunteers, some great things are going to happen in our schools before the year begins.”

Due to safety procedures, only authorized, registered personnel will be permitted on school grounds during this event.

We cannot have walk-in volunteers or anyone under the age of 18 at this event.