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February 14, 2012 > A day of service

A day of service

Submitted By Rick LaForce

On January 16, 2012, students from James Logan High School (JLHS) Sustainability Club and Irvington High School Change/ Environment teamed up with Michelle Galaria 9th grade biology teacher from JLHS and Amy Evans from the Alameda County Resource Conservation District (ACRCD) to work on Martin Luther King Jr (MLK) Day of Service at William Cann Civic Center Park.

Volunteers focused on habitat restoration by spreading wood chips, planting native trees to honor MLK and shrubs. Litter was removed along the creek. This work was done and will continue to support the natural habitat and the wildlife which depends on natives for food source and nesting. Previously this area was overgrown with non-native plants.

This area of the park is ideal for the Michelle Galaria's Sustainability Club because of its close location for the students to walk to the site during class. The ACRCD has also adopted this area.

These opportunities were made possible with help of Union City Public Works volunteer program to engage Union City's youth to understand native habitats, wildlife, clean water, watersheds and native tree and shrub identification. Students earn community service credits, a requirement for graduating from High School.

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