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CSX and Partners Help Spruce Up John Spry Community School in Chicago

Chicago, Ill. – November 17, 2015 – CSX employees joined with national nonprofit partners, City Year and Action for Healthy Kids, and local volunteers to help make John Spry Community School in Chicago an even more exciting, healthy, and fun place to go to school. Nearly 100 volunteers on Saturday helped refurbish the gymnasium, improve the playground, and paint murals in the school’s interior and playground. 

“Service is an important part of CSX’s culture – whether it’s serving our valued customers by transporting goods safely and efficiently across our network or serving our community by giving back our time and supporting nonprofit partners,” said Tom Livingston, regional vice president for government affairs, CSX. 

CSX’s nonprofit and philanthropic outreach focuses on four key areas: community, safety, environment, and health and wellness. While Saturday’s event encompassed many activities, the primary focus was health and wellness, guided by the national nonprofit, Action for Healthy Kids.

Rob Bisceglie, chief executive officer of Action for Healthy Kids also praised the project. “Kids who eat healthier and are physically active are better learners. Yet one in three kids in our country is overweight or obese, and many schools are not equipped to support the kinds of health and wellness initiatives that can improve student health and readiness to learn,” he said. “We’re working with schools, communities and families to tackle this important issue, and we’re thankful for CSX’s continued support to help students eat nutritiously and play actively each day.”

Saturday's event was the culmination of CSX’s 2015 #LocalMotive Service Days, which aim to unite national nonprofit partners with local organizations and employees. 

Throughout the year, CSX has been highlighting #LocalMotive, an ongoing conversation about the company's presence in the communities it serves through volunteerism, job creation and moving essential goods. Learn more about CSX’s #LocalMotive in Chicago, where the company operates major facilities and has the headquarters of one of its ten divisions, at www.beyondourrails.org/localmotive.

About CSX

CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation company.  It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural, and consumer products.  For nearly 190 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation’s economic expansion and industrial development.  Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation’s population resides.  It also links more than 240 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and farming towns alike.  More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com. Like us on Facebook (http://facebook.com/OfficialCSX) and follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/CSX).

Kaitlyn Barrett