Students demonstrate learning, community commitment at Summer of Service Showcase

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Albert Einstein students Stacy Espinoza and Ashley Moen

Thousands of SCUSD high school and middle school students gathered at C.K. McClatchy High School in July for the Summer of Service Showcase, the culmination of district’s summer learning programs.

The showcase started with a rally on the outdoor basketball courts. Students enjoyed music, inspirational speeches and dancing.

As the morning progressed, student teams manned booths in a trade show-like event where they explained the community service projects that they created and implemented over the course of the summer.

Ashley Moen and Stacy Espinoza, incoming Albert Einstein Middle School seventh graders, created “goodie bags” for dogs and cats in the local animal shelter. The bags included handmade toys, treats and bowls decorated with “Eat, Play, Love.”

“I love animals,” said Moen, 12, who is contemplating becoming either a veterinarian or a teacher.

Mercedez Ayala and Whitney Cheung, incoming Sutter Middle School seventh graders, worked on a self esteem-raising campaign for girls. They created construction paper flowers with the words like “amazing” and “pretty” written on them.

“We want women to know that they are beautiful and strong,” Cheung said.

Other projects examined such issues as gang awareness and bullying.

Summer of Service is both a bridge program helping incoming seventh and ninth graders acclimate to new campuses and a community service program that explores issues related to social justice.