1. Getting Geared up for Make a Difference Day

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     After a successful day Bellevue team takes a moment to document and capture the day.  With the help of CalSERVES’s Classroom Leaders, AmeriCorps Service Scholars and staff, students and families at Bellevue Elementary are getting ready to make a difference on October, 27th. For the past several days, CalSERVES Classroom...
  2. Amazing Gardens at Meadow View

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    Earlier this month, Meadow View mentors, families, teachers and a professional landscaper dedicated their Saturday morning to build six new wooden garden boxes as part of a major plan to renovate and beautify the school garden. The day was a success-we were able to build all six boxes from scratch...
  3. CalSERVES CANstruction!

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    CalSERVES participated in the annual “CANstruction: Make Food into Art Contest” held at Coddingtown Mall in Santa Rosa, CA. Over 10,000 cans of food were used in making this year’s displays, and all of the canned items will be donated to the Redwood Empire Food Bank to feed over 78,000...
  4. Canine Companions Visits Wright

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    Gabrielle O’Neil, AmeriCorps VIP Fellow at Wright Charter School  In April, Canine Companions for Independence visited Wright Charter’s After School Program. The students gathered outside on the playground for the presentation where they learned about the different types of dogs that are trained, the families that the dogs go home...
  5. Garden Clean Up Day at Meadow View

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    Christa Fox, AmeriCorps Mentor at Meadow View Elementary    The BEFORE Shot of Meadow View’s Garden On Saturday April 2nd, Meadow View mentors, students, family members, and volunteers spent some quality time in the garden pulling weeds, turning the soil, cleaning and organizing the shed, and prepping the garden for...
  6. Reclaiming the Kawana Garden

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    Katherine Brooks, Supervising Teacher at Kawana Elementary Since November, the CalSERVES crew at Kawana Elementary School have been working hard to get their school garden back into shape. Luckily, we have many enthusiastic supporters: students, parents, school staff, and other community members that all want to see the garden in...
  7. VIP and Volunteers make a Big Impact in San Luis Obispo County

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    Wendy Lewis, the Associate Executive Director of the Food Bank Coalition The AmeriCorps VIP program has definitely proven not only beneficial, but necessary for the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County. Spread between two warehouses, the Food Bank only comprises of 23 paid employees, otherwise we gratefully rely...
  8. Students Protest about Snack Choices

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    Mentors at the Wright Charter After School Program taught their students about work of Cesar Chavez by staging a mock protest. 1st and 2nd grade students made signs and marched around the campus declaring that they deserved the right to choose their own snacks. “We don’t choose your snack!” and ...
  9. Volunteer Highlight

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    Leah Everett, AmeriCorps VIP Fellow at Roseland Elementary Our volunteers at Roseland have been amazing: consistent, responsible, passionate about helping our kids, positive, and ready to learn. In addition to the fantastic individuals who come each week to support classrooms, help with homework, and lead activities, we have a few...