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November 6, 2017   •   VOL. 55, NO. 19   •   Oakland, CA
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Pupils at St. Felicitas School in San Leandro had a parade of costumes on Halloween morning.
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Carondelet students help fire victims

Students from left: Jewelle Segarra '19, Lauren Diaz '20, Yuli Gonzalez Mendoza '19, Angeleeka David '20, Nicole Iriarte '19 and Adriana Conte '18.

When Carondelet High School's Jefferson Awards, Students in Action (JA-SIA) Team heard about the evacuated seniors from the North Bay wildfire areas being temporarily housed at Montecito Senior Living in Concord, they immediately wanted to help them.

Cindy Lawrence, community service coordinator, contacted Montecito Senior Living to find out what items the seniors needed. The JA-SIA Team spent more than half of the club's award money to buy T-shirts, socks and ChapStick for the residents. They even donated gently used men's jeans.

"My heart immediately went out to all of those who were forced to evacuate their homes from the fire. I could not imagine what they were going through," said Adriana Conte '18. "This service project allowed me and the Jefferson Awards team to make a valuable difference in someone's life and bring happiness to them despite what they had been through. I could never pass up this opportunity."

JA-SIA is a nationally recognized club that promotes volunteerism and helps other people with their community service projects/events. Each year, Carondelet competes in the JA-SIA Regional Competition with other Bay Area schools.

Last year, Carondelet's JA-SIA Team was one of the winners for Third Place, and they received a monetary award from the Jefferson Awards Foundation, which they used to fund these donations to the fire victims.



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