Mon10202014

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Los Altos High students to 'Step Out and Serve' Saturday

More than 100 Los Altos High School students will "Step Out and Serve," an event this coming Saturday that will unite student activists in a range of community service projects.

The first-ever event, scheduled 1-5 p.m., will involve Los Altos High students helping people on and off campus in services that span campus and neighborhood clean-up, recycling, bleacher painting and trail restoration, to name a few.

"Step Out and Serve" is the brainchild of chief student coordinator Farrah Jessani. She said her involvement with a "Youth Can" involvement program statewide inspired her to try a similar program at her school.

"For me, it's just helping people," Jessani offered as her motivation.

Student Devon Miller designed T-shirts the Los Altos youths will be wearing to show their involvement in the event. Devon's twin sister Lauren also is participating.

Ginger Beeman, the high school's community service coordinator, said leadership in putting together the event comes from 30 students across all four grade levels.

"There's a lot of feeling and effort" going into the event, Beeman said. "It increases the sense of involvement in the community and at the school site."

Students will be involved in the following activities:

A Kids 2 Kids program in downtown Los Altos and Mountain View, in which volunteers approach merchants to help with providing school supplies and clothing for needy children.

A trash clean-up on the Los Altos High School campus and the surrounding neighborhood.

Recycling paper from school classrooms.

Volunteering at the Animal Birth Control Center garage sale in Sunnyvale.

"Trick or treating" in the neighborhood around Los Altos High School for canned goods to be donated to a food bank.

Painting the football field bleachers on campus.

Assisting the Stanford Blood Center, whose representatives will be on campus during the event. Volunteers will register donors and serve refreshments to those giving blood.

Helping at the B.O.K. Ranch at Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills, a therapeutic riding program for disabled kids. Volunteers will be painting equipment.

Helping to clean up the grassy area of the Interstate 280 on-ramp at Magdalena Avenue, as well as the Magdalena intersection.

Restoring trails at Huddart Park in Woodside, one of the few open spaces providing wheelchair accessible trails.

Restoring and maintaining open space with members of the Audubon Society in Cupertino.

Helping with the Names Project in San Francisco, which houses panels of the AIDS quilt. The quilt is assembled and displayed periodically to pay tribute to those who have died from the disease.

For more information, call Beeman at 960-8831.

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