Sacramento Governor Gray Davis announced that more than $4 million in grants will be awarded to 64 service projects across the state that engage California's K-12th grade students in service activities in honor of Cesar Chavez Day 2002.
"Cesar Chavez fought tirelessly for social change and worked to improve the quality of life for thousands of people," Gov. Davis said. "In honoring his legacy, we encourage others to adopt his extraordinary commitment to community service.
Last year, Gov. Davis signed legislation to create the Cesar Chavez Day of Service and Learning. On April 1, 2002, individuals, business and community leaders, teachers and school children will unite in meaningful service projects that commemorate the legacy of Cesar Chavez and the principles he embodied.
In the San Diego area, more than $330,000 has been allocated to five projects:
Statewide Cesar E. Chavez Service Clubs Project/Urban Corps of San Diego This project will organize Cesar E. Chavez Service Clubs at seven sites statewide. These clubs will be comprised of at least 750 students who will be engaged in service activities that involve their schools and communities.
The MOSAIC/ Ameri-Corps Grossmont College This project will engage 250 3rd-5th graders in a community service mural art project that focuses on Chavez's values of multiculturalism and tolerance. The students' murals will be on display at Macy's Department store. In addition, a "Tools for Tolerance" event will be held at San Diego's Horton Plaza.
Project Books Belong-Encinitas de Corps Partnership/ Volunteer Center of San Diego County - This project will involve more than 5,500 K-6th grade students in the Encinitas Union School District. Teachers will participate in staff development on the life and legacy of Cesar Chavez, enabling students to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for multiculturalism, literacy and civic responsibility.
Moving Forward by Giving Back/CSU San Marcos Foundation - CSU San Mar-cos, Upward Bound, and the San Diego Cesar E. Chavez Commemoration Committee will engage more than 500 middle-school students in a variety of projects. They will organize a Community Health Fair, complete a mural and other community beautification projects, help to rehabilitate housing and co-facilitate workshops on tolerance, college and career options.
Imperial County Coalition in Celebration of Cesar Chavez/Imperial County Office of Education - This project will engage 200 high school students in environment, community improvement and human service projects such as tree planting, graffiti clean-up and food and clothing drives. A Community Awareness Celebration of Cesar Chavez will occur on April 1, 2002 when AmeriCorps members and students will lead the larger community in four improvement events at four community parks throughout Imperial County.
The Cesar Chavez Day of Service and Learning is the largest state appropriation to support national service in the country and is administered by the Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism (GO SERV).