FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. -- Students of Advanced Leadership Class 002-12 at the Defense Information School participated in a community service project on Dec. 2 at the McKim Community Center in downtown Baltimore.

The service project allows students to coordinate their own collaborative volunteer work program, which is geared to teach team building, research, planning and execution, as well as to help demonstrate the Army leadership value of selfless service.

The project also provides the opportunity to give back to the community and make a difference.

The class donated more than 60 combined hours of volunteer time in cleaning, landscaping and painting a Baltimore City community center.

"The much-needed improvements will impact so many less fortunate people that depend on the center for their basic needs," said Debbie Coates, a spokesperson for McKim Community Center. "This place is home to them."

Coates gave the class a history lesson on the community center and a tour of the facility.

The center offers many programs that support youth, local seniors and homeless individuals and serves as a host site for the East Baltimore Chapter of Narcotics Anonymous members.

McKim Community Center is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is included in the Baltimore Heritage Walk.

For more information on the center, call 410-276-5519.

Editor's note: Tessmer was a student with Advanced Leadership Class 002-12.