Forget an 8-hour work schedule – the students at Richmond’s Kennedy High proved last weekend they’ll work for as long as it takes to get a job done.
On Saturday, 15 Kennedy High juniors and seniors volunteered with Rebuilding Together East Bay – North (RTEBN) to landscape and help paint a Berkeley center that provides specialized bikes and cycling training to people with disabilities.
Rather than leave after completing their required 8 hours of service, the students who are members of a construction class at Kennedy stayed an extra hour to finish the job, according to RTEBN representatives.
“They were amazing; they were excited to come and work with us,” said Marie Hubbard, RTEBN’s volunteer and outreach coordinator.
The students did some yard work and also primed a whole side of the Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program Adaptive Cycling Center in Berkeley, Hubbard said. Kennedy High students are required to complete a certain number of community service hours before graduating. Even so, Saturday’s volunteers were beyond helpful and also enthusiastic, Hubbard said.
RTEBN partners with community volunteers to provide repairs, modifications, upkeep and upgrades to low-income seniors, disabled homeowners and charitable organizations in the cities of Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville and Richmond. It solicits community volunteers to help on projects, including high school and college students.