It's astounding to consider that in just four short years, Green Apple Day of Service has grown from the tiny seed of an idea to a truly global initiative. Since 2012, Green Apple Day of Service has inspired more than 10,000 school improvement projects, commitments and events in 72 countries and all 50 U.S. states, engaging more than 700,000 volunteers. Collectively, your efforts have impacted more than 7 million students worldwide.
We have work yet to do—so many schools need our help. I feel optimistic about our future. Each one of our beloved volunteers and each one of their commitments to improving our schools gives me hope. This year's outpouring of action from a global community of champions demonstrates that together we're moving in the right direction, toward healthy, safe and efficient schools. Our work on Green Apple Day of Service generates an incredible outcome, beyond the schools' walls and across neighborhoods and communities. Standing together with parents, teachers, students and dedicated volunteers, we broadcast our message to the world that where our children learn matters.
Director, Center for Green Schools