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Oakland school landscaping project Saturday, volunteers welcome

By Katy Murphy
Friday, August 13th, 2010 at 11:12 am in budget, volunteering.

A volunteer weeds at a local high school. File photo by Jose Carlos FajardoAs I reported this spring, the Oakland school district’s facilities department took a big hit this year, laying off a number of gardeners, electricians and other workers.

Tomorrow, the department is teaming up with GKK Works and McCarthy Building Companies — and community volunteers — to clear brush and weed at four Oakland schools.

Interested? Here’s the scoop, straight from the news release:

When: Saturday, August 14, 2010 from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Where: Volunteers will meet at Manzanita Elementary (2409 E. 27th St) at 8:00 AM for orientation/breakfast:

Manzanita Elementary

2409 East 27th St.

Oakland, CA 94601

Groups will be dispersed to the following sites following breakfast:

Oakland High School – 1023 MacArthur Blvd.

Westlake Middle School – 2629 Harrison St.

Horace Mann Elementary School – 5222 Ygnacio Ave.

Tilden Elementary School – 4551 Steele St.

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  • Turanga_teach

    I’m not saying it shouldn’t happen, but this stands in rather sharp contrast to the amount of facilities attention given to Tilden Elementary when it ACTUALLY HAD KIDS IN IT. I remember teaching there when the building had no working fire alarm, the condemned portables were used as de facto homeless shelters and a squirrel once actually dropped out of the ceiling into a classroom. It annoys me that the district, having used the poor condition of the facilities as one of its reasons for closing the school, is using volunteer resources which could otherwise enhance student conditions elsewhere to make things more aesthetically pleasing for non-teaching personnel.

  • Former Teacher

    Tilden Elementary, really? Do they know it no longer exists??? Turanga_teach said it well. Last year was its final year. After years of struggle to keep the school open, the Board ultimately decided to close the school, largely because of facilities reasons. While I agree that the school had some major safety concerns, why is OUSD choosing to invest volunteers in a deserted school that no longer serves children? Why don’t they send those volunteers on over to the new Preschool Center where students will actually be attending class in a couple of weeks?