As we have done for several years now, DOT celebrated the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday by practicing one of our nation's core values: responsibility to your community. For team DOT, that meant traveling a few blocks from our Washington, DC, headquarters to Tyler Elementary School.
At Tyler, volunteers spent the day working on various clean-up and beautification projects indoors and out. Led by Deputy Secretary John Porcari, DOTers and their kids logged a pretty full day.
Whether it was raking and sweeping outside or painting inspiring messages on the interior walls or writing math facts between steps on the school's stairways, the point was the same: to leave a better Tyler Elementary School for students arriving on Tuesday morning.
The DOT volunteers at Tyler were just a few of the hundreds of thousands of Americans who showed up at projects across the country yesterday to answer what Dr. King called "life's most persistent and urgent question: What are you doing for others?"
As President Obama said yesterday, "There's nobody who can't serve. Nobody who can't help somebody else. And whether you're seven or six or whether you're 76, then you can find opportunities to make an enormous difference in your community."
I know that the professionals at DOT make a difference every day, and it only adds to my respect for them to see how many responded to yesterday's call to service. Thank you to Deputy Secretary Porcari and everyone at DOT who took a "day on" and not a day off yesterday. And thank you to all those across the country who marked yesterday's holiday by serving in your communities.