On Friday, Oct. 1, 1,750 corps members across the country recited the City Year pledge and committed to a year of full time community service. This Opening Day ceremony is the official kick-off to the 1,700 hours that each of these dedicated corps members will serve this year.
Locally, we had 56 corps members take that pledge. This year our corps members will be concentrating their efforts on the Alum Rock School District where we will be tutoring, mentoring and running after school programs in four elementary schools and one middle school.
We are all very excited about the impact we are going to make this year, especially after seeing dramatic growth in Cesar Chavez Elementary School’s API score after our first year of service with them.
We were very excited to have Ralph Martinez from Comcast, the national Opening Day sponsor, join us on this very special day. He praised our service saying, “You are positively impacting the way our children live and that’s incredible.”
But of course, it wouldn’t be a City Year event without some physical service! Local sponsors Tecan joined us in completely renovating a softball field and basketball courts at Joseph George Middle School.
Together, we were able to re-paint all of the lines on the courts, build new back boards, paint some old ones and paint a college logo on each of the six courts. We also painstakingly weeded and revamped the softball diamond. Volunteers also built planter box benches for students and community members to sit and relax on in a courtyard.
Here’s to a great year of service!