1. Summer Fun: Recreation Sensation

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    Lindsday Rizzo, CalSERVES Program Coordinator This summer, CalSERVES and the Santa Rosa Recreation and Parks Department are partnering to bring the Recreation Sensation program to three school sites in Santa Rosa. Both CalSERVES and Rec and Park staff members have come together at each site to provide an amazing summer...
  2. Pie Day for Bellevue Literacy Students

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    Ruby Willmann, AmeriCorps Team Leader at Bellevue Elementary After six weeks of reading to collect pie tickets, our After School students were finally able to experience the Bellevue Pie Day! Students were able to turn in their pie tickets for whip cream pies, and one after the other the students...
  3. AmeriCorps Members Make A Difference

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    Kathleen Chosa, CalSERVES Program Coordinator  It’s hard to believe but we are already at the mid-point of the program year for most of our AmeriCorps members! Before we know it this program year will be done and we will be looking back at how our members measured up and the...
  4. Here Come the Mentors!

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    Ally Gibely, Full-time Mentor at Wright Elementary Walking into my site, Wright Elementary, for the first time I felt almost as nervous as I did on my first day of junior high school! I drove with a fellow mentor and the whole ride we were talking about what we expected...
  5. A Mentor Reminisces

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    Emily Nagel, AmeriCorps Mentor at Wright ElementaryMmm… fall time, like I know it, has finally arrived to my new home of Santa Rosa. I once again feel like I am back in the Midwest with crisp, cool air, vibrant trees, and hot apple cider. I was almost certain that this...
  6. Better than Coffee in the Morning

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    Jessica Pardue, AmeriCorps Mentor at Wright Elementary Waking up at 7am has always been difficult for me. I arrive at Wright Elementary at 8am every morning to start a busy day of full-time mentoring. Not being a morning person, I may be guilty of being just a bit cranky and...
  7. Far Beyond Rewarding

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    Ashley Smyk, Part-time Mentor at Wright ElementaryMy experience at CalSERVES has been far beyond rewarding. When I began looking for a job, I knew I didn’t want a behind-the-counter job, or a desk job, or any ordinary job. I’ve always loved helping people, and giving back to the community, so...