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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE): Mayor Jorge Elorza is asking volunteers to help clean up schools in Providence's School District before classes start on September 3rd. 

"We want to open up our schools and ask the community to beautify the pace so when kids are walking in they see something different," Elorza said. "This school year is going to be different and an improvement from the past." 

First Clean Up Date: 

  • August 23, 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. 
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School 

Second Clean Up Date: 

  • August 24, 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. 
  • Anthony Carnevale Elementary School, Quad of Classical High School, Central High School, and Providence Career and Technical Academy

Elorza said this is a way for the community to get involved, but it is not the only solution. 

"We are spending $20 million worth of improvements and a maintenance company that is being asked to up their standards," Elorza said. 

The School District extended its contract with Aramark, to clean the schools. The contract was extended last fall until 2023. For the first year alone, Aramark is paid more than $16 million dollars.  

Despite millions of dollars spent, the Mayor said schools have not been kept as well as they should have been. 

"We spoke about the standard of care and what we expect," Elorza said. "If they don't meet that standard then there will be consequences."

Elorza said the John Hopkins report was decades worth of issues, that will not be fixed overnight. 

"We need everyone's help and your help will make a difference to make sure that the first day of school and beyond is different and more positive for our kids," Elorza said. 

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