Through many service opportunities, Saint Francis High School students have made a difference in others’ lives and contributed to the community. Here are highlights from three recent service events.
- Environmental Club recycles largest amount of e-waste to date
Preventing unwanted electronic waste from being dumped into landfills, the Environmental Club collected 1,750 pounds of hardware to be recycled. This is the largest accumulation of electronic waste the club has received in eight years of organizing recycling events.
To publicize the recycling day, Environmental Club members distributed flyers to residents who live in the surrounding area, many neighbors took advantage of the free service. They discarded old computers and television sets. Club members were on hand to help unload vehicles.
- Food Drive feeds needy families
Five hundred local families enjoyed a hearty Thanksgiving dinner thanks to the students and staff who gave generously during the annual food drive.
The Service Club, which has been sponsoring the food drive for more than 40 years, collected more than $20,000 from the school community and used the donations to purchase canned and dry goods. The school community rallied one afternoon to pack the food into boxes for the needy families and then distributed the boxes to Saint Athanasius Church, Saint Cyprian Church, Redwood City Catholic Worker and an outreach program in Los Banos.
- Families collect trash from creek
Spurred on by Pope Francis’ call to action to protect the environment, many students and parents worked together to clean up the section of Permanente Creek that runs through the school campus so that the creek can flow unimpeded to the San Francisco Bay.
Volunteers removed more than 50 bags of trash during the clean-up. Bishop Patrick J. McGrath stopped by to talk to and commend the volunteers for their efforts.
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