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U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Emily Orler removing weeds in a walkway, during People’s Garden Executive Master Gardeners, friends, and family, along with Washington Capitals fans volunteer effort with the District of Columbia Public Schools’ (DCPS) Beautification Day, on Saturday, August 25, 2012, at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School, in Washington, D.C. Each year people are invited to help “spruce up” public school facilities in preparation for the first day of school. More than 70 volunteers pitched in at this large school facility. The People’s Garden effort involves building and painting raised planter boxes, then preparing the soil mixture so they are “ready for planting.” Additionally, a team that includes descendants of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall assembles a prefabricated garden toolshed. The Justice’s son, John Marshall leads the team, which includes Brianna the Justice’s great-grand daughter in one of many multi-generational efforts at this school today. Washington Capitals Forward Mike Riberio, his family and mascot Slapshot participated in every project underway at Marshall School. From the outside gardens, to inside murals, and robotics worktable construction, the teams made their goals. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.


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Taken on August 25, 2012