Nearly 800 volunteers — Gaels and non-Gaels alike — pitched in on Saturday, March 16, for the "Great Bay Area Service Day for Schools," a Saint Mary's College of California/KTVU-TV community service initiative to help out 21 schools across the Bay Area.
A total of 780 volunteers performed a whirlwind of service projects including painting, landscaping and spiffing up playgrounds in schools in Concord, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Oakland, Richmond, San Francisco, San Jose, San Rafael and Union City.
Co-sponsors included Home Depot, PG&E and Wells Fargo. Several of the sponsors presented checks to Saint Mary’s to support the initiative at noon on Saturday at the Garfield Elementary School in Oakland.
"One of the teachers at the Beechwood School in Menlo Park said that in a few hours we did what their maintenance man would have accomplished over the entire summer," said Freshman Will Besson, a CILSA Jumpstart corps member. "The school we helped was very grateful, and knowing that our efforts were appreciated made it an even more positive experience."