Local nonprofit organizations got a lot of extra help on Friday, April 27, when Salesian College Preparatory held its annual campus-wide Service Day.
About 390 students participated with help from about 40 teachers and staff members, Principal Mary Lou Flannery said.
“The entire school community does some type of service for about 3-4 hours,” she said.
According to the school, service sites included the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, J. O. Ford Elementary, St. Paul’s, St. David’s, Making Sandwiches in People’s Park, Brookdale Senior Living, Pinole Animal Shelter, Jelly’s Place, and more.
“Students break into their faith family groups and work with nonprofits throughout West Contra Costa County,” said David Fontanilla, a Richmond resident and Salesian parent. “It is an opportunity for the entire school to serve our local community.”
It’s not the only day of the year Salesian students are participating in community service.
The school requires all Salesian students to fulfill a certain amount of community service, with the aim of instilling the importance of investing in one’s community and giving back. In addition to Service Day, students must participate in a service donation event, such as a Thanksgiving Family Food Box of Project Santa Gift, and also take on an on- or off-campus service project. Such projects could involve tutoring younger children or multiple visits to an elderly care facility.
“It is a core part of our philosophy, which brings students, faculty and staff together to serve those in need,” Fontanilla said.