(NECN) - With his inauguration just two days away, President Barack Obama took time out Saturday to praise Americans for taking part in community service projects over the weekend.
The President and first lady Michelle Obama volunteered Saturday morning at D.C.'s Burrville Elementary School where they stained a bookshelf.
Obama started the National day of Service in 2009 to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Saturday, he talked to roughly 500 volunteers at the school about the importance of giving back.
"I want to say thank you to the parents for showing early on to our young people how gratifying and how fulfilling this is. This is really what America is about. This is what we celebrate," Obama said.
Obama will publicly take the oath of office on Monday.