HANDS ON DC - May 1, 2004

APODCAA Lends a Hands-on-DC on May 1, 2004

Once again, a group of dedicated APO brethren unselfishly volunteered their weekend time to help refurbish, paint, and clean-up schools in the District of Columbia. This time the lucky school is Smothers Elementary School in Northeast DC.

The day started out early Saturday morning as Service Chair Bro Vic DeLeon met President Bro Doods Castellano, Jesse Dayrit, and Lem Banaga at Cardozo High School. The next batch composed of Brothers Di Aquino, Mody Olympia, Amor Doronio, Mar Deyto, Kyle Peterson [APO-USA] and Eph Eph Escobar and his officemates followed. Bro Anthony Busog met the group at the site and hereís the most noteworthy part of this, Bro Anthony did not have a car that day and had to catch the bus just to get to the Service site. Now, thatís commitment to Service!

At Cardozo High School, APODCAA brothers met several APO-USA brothers from George Washington University and Howard University. We heard, too, that Region III Coordinator was going to show-up, but we did not get the chance to meet the brother. Pictures were taken to memorialize yet another Service opportunity in the local community. Both APO Philippines and APO-USA expressed the desire to continue working together, especially to render Service to our fellowmen within the tri-state region of Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.

The Boys, comprised of Doods, Lem, and Jesse provided melodic music all day long. Of course, the rest would not allow themselves to be left behind and joined in. Music of the different variety was sung which made the experience all the more fun. By 3:30 in the afternoon on Saturday, another Mission Accomplished! Children will come to school Monday and feel good about themselves knowing that people care for them. The Washington Post calls Hands on DC a dramatic demonstration of what a difference a day makes. We, APODCAA, feel privileged to be a part of this yearís effort and look forward to more opportunities in the years to come.

(Bro Vic DeLeon, #10370, 2X4KRO)

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