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GE Healthcare Volunteers Work to Improve Milwaukee and Waukesha Public Schools Through its 18th Annual Community Service Day

August 22, 2012

Wauwatosa, WI., AUGUST 22, 2012 -- Kicking off the largest, single-day GE volunteering event in the world, GE Healthcare employees will donate time and effort to help 15 Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) and five Waukesha Public Schools (WPS) to improve resources and learning environments in preparation for the upcoming school year. More than 2,800 current and retired GE employees will work with MPS and WPS staff and other local community volunteers to paint, clean, organize and landscape to enhance facilities for 20 schools. GE Healthcare's Community Service Day is Wednesday, August 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Now in its 18th consecutive year, Community Service Day is the largest single-day volunteering event globally at GE. In addition to current GE employees, nearly 200 volunteers from outside the company will join in the event including GE retirees and members of the Milwaukee Bucks and BloodCenter of Wisconsin.

"GE Healthcare is pleased to volunteer our time and efforts to help enhance the resources available at Milwaukee and Waukesha Public Schools," said Marcelo Mosci, President and CEO, GE Healthcare US & Canada Region. "This event is a proud tradition for our employees and a welcome opportunity to help support education in our local communities."

Improvement efforts at each school will include painting, cleaning and landscaping. At Audubon School of Technology & Communication Middle School, volunteers will create 20 stenciled murals, redecorate a teachers' lounge and landscape 7000 square feet of grounds. Volunteers at Anna F. Doerfler School will design and build an outdoor square bench and planter boxes and paint hallways, classrooms and a nurses' office. Edward A. MacDowell Montessori School will receive a new daycare room, play area, art area and reading center as well as more than 100 feet of plantings in front of the school. Other activities over the course of the day will include constructing a bookstore kiosk, organizing libraries and helping teachers prepare their classrooms for the new school year.

"GE Healthcare's Community Service Day is an extraordinary commitment to our schools, providing hands-on volunteer work and community collaboration to benefit teachers and students," said MPS Superintendent Dr. Gregory E. Thornton. "As we prepare for the new academic year, we are grateful for GE's continued, involved support and their efforts to help us enhance our schools for a new year of learning."

The work is part of GE's broad collaboration with Milwaukee Public Schools, which includes the GE Foundation's five-year, $20.4-million Developing Futures grant to MPS. The grant has already been used to help implement the district's Comprehensive Math and Science Plan across more than 150 schools. Now, 10 MPS GE Demonstration schools will be selected for additional intensive supports to become models for other schools in Milwaukee, and perhaps, across the country. In 2011, about 4,000 of 6,500 local GE employees volunteered, for a total contribution of nearly 29,000 volunteer hours.

Schools involved in this year's Community Service Day include:
Milwaukee Public Schools:
* Hayes Bilingual School
* Washington High School of Information Technology
* Anna F. Doerfler School
* Jeremiah Curtin School
* Edward A. MacDowell Montessori School
* Golda Meir School
* Hamlin Garland School
* Audubon School of Technology & Communication Middle School
* Fratney School
* Harold S. Vincent High School
* Luther Burbank School
* Benjamin Franklin School
* Milwaukee Sign Language School
* Roosevelt Creative Arts Middle School
* Rufus King International School

Waukesha Public Schools:
* Whittier Elementary School
* White Rock Elementary High School
* North High School
* Blair Elementary School
* Butler Middle School

To learn more about GE Volunteers, please visit: http://www.gecitizenship.com/community-engagement/volunteering/

About GE Healthcare:
GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services that are shaping a new age of patient care. Our broad expertise in medical imaging and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems, drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies, performance improvement and performance solutions services help our customers to deliver better care to more people around the world at a lower cost. In addition, we partner with healthcare leaders, striving to leverage the global policy change necessary to implement a successful shift to sustainable healthcare systems.

Our "healthymagination" vision for the future invites the world to join us on our journey as we continuously develop innovations focused on reducing costs, increasing access and improving quality around the world. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, GE Healthcare is a unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE). Worldwide, GE Healthcare employees are committed to serving healthcare professionals and their patients in more than 100 countries. For more information about GE Healthcare, visit our website at www.gehealthcare.com.

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Media Contact:
GE Healthcare
Benjamin Fox
+1 414 721 4013
[email protected]

Benjamin Fox
GE Healthcare
[email protected]
1-414-721-4013


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