Coca-Cola Scholars are passionately dedicated to serving others. To continue this tradition, Scholars hold a National Service Day, usually in April, to get together with other Scholars and Coca-Cola employees in their area and give back to their local communities.
Below is a recap of the National Service Day projects that took place this year. Over 300 Scholars pitched in across 10 cities!
- In Atlanta, GA, the 250 new 2013 Scholars and 25-30 Scholar alums volunteered at 3 different sites collecting trash, removing invasive plants, and installing headstones on unmarked graves.
- In Philadelphia, PA, four Coke Scholars volunteered with several Coca-Cola employees at Bache-Martin Elementary School, a neighborhood public school, to assist a greening and gardening project.
- In Washington, D.C. eight Scholars and several children went to the Reagan National Airport to greet WWII veterans coming in to visit the WWII Memorial and Nation’s Capital.
- In Chicago, IL, four Scholars got together to write letters to our troops to provide support and thank them for their service.
- In San Francisco, CA, two Scholars volunteered with Dora Wong, who works in Public Affairs at Coca-Cola Refreshments, and some of her colleagues to clean up a section of Golden Gate Park.
- In Los Angeles, CA, two scholars volunteered with local Coke employees cleaning a beach.
- The Boston, MA, service project will be rescheduled due to rain.
- In Durham, NC, eight Scholars volunteered with Hager Rand and Jean McGuire from Durham CCBC at SEEDS Garden alongside DIG (Durham Inner City Gardeners), a youth-driven, urban farming leadership development program that empowers teens to be good stewards of their community and the Earth.
- In Houston, TX, four Scholars volunteered at Hermann Park with Project BlazingStar, a prairie restoration project. Scholars worked with Texas Master Naturalist to remove and replace invasive vegetation with native, rescued prairie flowers and grasses.
- Coke Scholars in New York City got together to beautify Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum in the Bronx.
Below are photos from some of these service events.