San Jose Project Day

San Jose Project Day

From Christine Pham

We're hosting our annual San Jose Project Day in collaboration with Shirakawa Elementary School. Here's a few of the projects we hope to complete: 1) Set up a community garden 2) Decorate the nurse's office

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The San Jose Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit community service organization dedicated to bridging the city and community through large scale hands-on service events around the city of San Jose. Projects usually range from landscaping and painting, to litter and graffiti removal, contributing to an overall city-wide cleanup. SJPs desire is to successfully serve the needs of San Jose through encouraging volunteers to dedicate one day towards beautifying the city. This project is made possible through the generous donations of various companies, organizations, and individuals.

This is our eighth year and we are very excited to be trying something a little bit different. This year we are collaborating with Shirakawa Elementary located in the Franklin-McKinley School District. We have carefully selected Shirakawa Elementary amongst a list of other schools for a variety of reasons. Shirakawa Elementary has a population of 873 students where 69% are considered low income. Also, more than two-thirds qualify for free or reduced priced lunches. Shirakawa Elementary has an amazing and involved group of parents willing to put in their time to further better the school. The parents have already began work for our project and we want to aid them in providing tools so that their work will not be done in vain.

Here's the following projects we plan to complete:

1) Organize and decorate the nurse's office: We noticed that when students wait in the nurse's office that it's not a comfortable, inviting space. We want to make sure students feel at ease

2) Update the library nook: When students can't go outside to play, we want the library to be a place they can sit and hang out with others at.

3) Gardening: The community garden has been overlooked and we're looking at revamping it so students have a place to learn about responsibilities of taking care of things

4) Murals: There's a lot of empty walls that we want to put positive messages on

Your donation will greatly impact what we can provide to Shirakawa and ensure that these projects last for a long time.

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