Mary J. Blige and Russell Simmons paid a visit to New York City’s P.S. 165 yesterday afternoon (Tues. May 4) and spoke to students and volunteers at the official launch Bounty‘s new “Clean Difference at New York City Schools with Bounty” program. Bounty is teaming up with dozens of local NYC-area volunteers from the HandsOn Network and Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation in an effort to unite 1,000 volunteers to improve learning environments for 30 public schools across the entire country from now through June.

Mary J. Blige and Russell Simmons, a co-founder of Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, led the team of community volunteers in tackling everything from cleaning the cafeteria and auditorium to brightening up school grounds with a fresh coat of paint. Intended to inspire continued creativity in classroom, Rush’s teaching artist volunteers will also create a special mural at the school.

The program, announced by Gabrielle Union in Washington, D.C. on April 20, encourages local community volunteers to join Bounty in its commitment to transform the learning environments of schools across the country by getting them “Bounty clean.”

The Bounty “Make a Clean Difference” program will take place at 30 public schools in the following cities from April through June: Atlanta; GA; Boston, MA; Charlotte, NC; Cincinnati, OH; Dallas, TX; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL; Minneapolis, MN; New York, NY; Seattle, WA; and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/bounty.

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Check out a few pics of MJB and Rush, along with Mary J’s husband Kendu Isaacs, lending a helping hand to P.S. 165 in NYC below…