Baltimore, Md. – November 14, 2016 – As the final stop on the company’s 2016 tour of volunteer events across its network, CSX hosted a day of service at Windsor Hills Elementary School in Baltimore, Md. More than 130 volunteers from CSX, Windsor Hills, and nonprofit organizations City Year and Action for Healthy Kids joined together to improve the school.
Projects completed on Saturday included constructing an outdoor classroom; building garden beds and benches; and painting murals and graphics in the hallways and cafeteria as well as on the school’s exterior. In addition, CSX partnered with the Baltimore Tree Trust to plant 50 trees at the school campus.
"The Windsor Hills Community was blown away by the volunteer turnout. It is amazing what can be done when businesses, organizations, schools, and the community combine forces to work toward a common goal of making our school communities brighter,” said Corey Basmajian, Windsor Hills principal. “I can’t wait to see the look on the students’ faces when they come up the path on Monday morning!"
CSX has strong ties to Baltimore, where the company operates three major facilities. Last year, the company handled more than 1.3 million carloads of freight on its rail network in Maryland and employed around 1,600 people in the state.
“CSX Service Days are all about going ‘Beyond Our Rails’ to give back to the communities where our employees live and work,” said John Wright, Baltimore Division Manager, CSX. “We’re proud to have the opportunity to create a positive influence in schools like Windsor Hills and support the next generation of leaders.”
Wide Angle Youth Media, a Baltimore-based non-profit, attended the event to document the day. Wide Angle provides young people with media education, and also operates a social enterprise that gives paid workforce development opportunities to young people interested in media careers. The organization’s video on the service event will be available later this fall.
To see additional photos from the event, check out social media posts with the hashtag #LocalMotive, an ongoing conversation about the company’s presence in the communities it serves through volunteerism, job creation, and transportation.
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 Wilson