Students rake leaves on Monticello Street.
Students rake leaves on Monticello Street.

Eighth graders serve their new community

The eighth-grade class at San Miguel School learned firsthand the meaning of "community service" as they worked to clean up their new neighborhood in October.

Led by San Miguel teachers Christina Jagolinzer and Jim Bower and school friend and volunteer Bob McMahon, the eighth graders spent a number of hours in the community, raking leaves, picking up trash, and taking pride in their new neighborhood. The students hope their presence in the community will make them feel more "at home" on Branch Avenue.

"We want our neighbors to know that we're here, but also that we're proud to be here, too," said Eighth-grade Class President Orlando. "We want to do our part to make our neighborhood a better place."

Each San Miguel student regularly performs community service as a component of their Guidance classes. Other initiatives throughout the year include volunteering at a local elementary school, collecting perishable foods and preparing Thanksgiving baskets for families, and serving Christmas dinner to the homeless.