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placeholder March 24, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 6   •   Oakland, CA

The youngest students at St. Patrick School performed their community service close to home. First-graders cleaned the church pews as part of Community Appreciation Day. Older students completed projects off-campus in Rodeo.
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St. Patrick's students give back to Rodeo

From preschoolers to eighth-graders, more than 350 students at St. Patrick School in Rodeo got into the spirit of Community Appreciation Day. Celebrated Jan. 29 as part of Catholic Schools Week, the St. Patrick students joined with students from St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School in Vallejo and John Swett Unified School District, based in West Contra Costa County, to take action and provide direct service to the people of Rodeo.

Their efforts were supported by Phillips 66, which provided painting and landscaping supplies.

While each class will be contributing something different to the endeavor, the overall impact on the Rodeo community will be profound. By the end of the day, students were able to say that they repainted entire facilities, planted new gardens, picked up garbage and litter, and worked to make a positive impact on the lives of others directly on their school community.

The preschool and kindergarten classes focused on campus beautification by making bird houses for trees, picking up litter around the school, and landscaping empty planter beds.

First-graders hosted seniors from the Crockett Women's Club for an afternoon of board games and fun. Second- and fifth-graders worked with the Rodeo Watershed to collect trash and take a trash inventory at the Rodeo shoreline. The fourth-grade class visited the Rodeo YMCA-Child Development Center to prepare its garden for spring planting, and read and did crafts with the children in the day care.

The sixth and seventh grade classes, with the help of St. Patrick-St. Vincent high school students, worked to rehabilitate the Rodeo YMCA-Community Center. They painted the interior, and beautified the landscaped by adding new playground surfacing, picking up trash and weeding and planting a garden.

Eighth-graders worked alongside students from Rodeo Hills Elementary School to collect trash on their hillsides. They also assisted students in the Special Day Class.

 
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