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Inland Empire United Way’s Make a Difference Day Events a Smashing Success

October 26, 2011

Ontario: ADP Volunteers Beautify Mission Elementary School

The spirit of volunteerism was on full display this past Saturday as Make a Difference Day 2011 made its way to the Inland Empire! From Redlands to Pomona and many areas in between, volunteers across the I.E. tag-teamed with non-profits to take on some of the biggest issues in each community. Several of Inland Empire United Way’s corporate partners were actively involved, helping make each event a huge success!

In Ontario, over 320 ADP employees pitched in to beautify Mission Elementary School in Ontario. Throughout the day, volunteers teamed up to paint murals, plant trees, renovate the cafeteria, and plant a new garden. ADP also donated hundreds of books to the school, ensuring that every student got to go home with a free children’s book!

The kids were thrilled with the additions to their campus. Many of the students could not contain themselves from jumping up and down and running to go see the murals up close when they first arrived at Mission on Monday.

Mauricio Gormaz, principal of Mission Elementary, was touched by the efforts by both ADP and Inland Empire United Way. At the official unveiling of the newly renovated Mission Elementary, the principal made sure to thank everyone involved. “The kids absolutely adore what you have done to the campus,” said the visibly moved Gormaz. “I can see it. I can feel it. So on behalf of the entire staff, the parents, the community, and especially the kids – thank you.”

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