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Community Service students work to help others

By Massimo Sibillo

Staff Writer

At Summit Shasta, students in the Community Service course help people in need by going off campus to do various service projects. Students in this course went around the Bay Area volunteering for housing organizations for the homeless, soup kitchens and non-profit food bank organizations.

“I love how this class lets students explore different problems in the world,” Shasta sophomore Nicolas Pasion said. The students in this course found ways to change the community while enjoying the process.  

“I like this course because [of] the people in it and the fact that we get to help people,” Shasta sophomore David Ramirez said. This course helps students learn communication skills and address real-world problems.

This year in Community Service, students have shown growth through their four rounds, developing communication skills and key takeaways from the course. When students were asked what they took away from this course, it seemed as if the course has really helped not only the students’ growth, but the community as well.

“I would say I definitely liked this course through rounds one and four … it was a lot of fun, and we enjoyed helping,” Shasta sophomore Owen Crims said.

Students coming out of this course have accomplished working for the community by volunteering and helping others in need. Not only were students helping the community and growing personal skills, they also did projects such as controversial art pieces, after-school food sales and a 5-8 page community service project proposal.

See below for a video about the Community Service course:

Featured image (at the top of this post): Shasta senior Jenni Stucky volunteers at a local food bank. 

Community Service course launches at Everest

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Delaney Jures, teacher of the Community Service Expeditions course

By Karla Santana

Everest Photo Editor

Delaney Jures is the teacher for the new Community Service Expeditions course at Everest Public High School. This course is about finding non-profit organizations to work with and to volunteer at. When asked about what she wants students to get out of the class, Ms. Jures said, “I want them to be able to find value in community service and feel empowered by going out and volunteering and changing their community that they live in.”

Here’s what students had to say about their new Expeditions course:


Everest freshman Melissa Benitez

When asked why she joined the Community Service course, Everest freshman Melissa Benitez said, “I joined this Expeditions course because I thought it would be a good experience to help others.”



Everest freshman Esmeralda Villagomez


When asked what the Community Service class is about, Everest freshman Esmeralda Villagomez said, “It’s mostly about you learning about community service and what community service is and how you can help others and what you can get involved in.” She is looking forward to getting the hands-on experience and actually helping people out.  

Students performed cleanup work around the Everest campus:


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The Community Service Expeditions class works to improve their school community:


Teen Advisory Board gives local teens a voice in their community

By Kenneth John Catimbang, Kristian Bekele and Micah Tam

Staff Writers

In media and society, teenagers are often portrayed as lazy, defiant or disruptive (the list goes on.) However, there’s a group of teenagers in Redwood City who challenge that exact idea.

Once a month, the Teen Advisory Board meets up at the Red Morton Community Center. Teenagers from all over the Redwood City area come together to talk about community problems and methods to help better the local area.

Students from various high schools throughout Redwood City are a part of this organization. In these meetings, a broad theme is applied, such as community service, which in the past has meant helping out at parades and other events happening around the city.

At the Nov. 1 meeting, the main focus was on the environment. The students brainstormed ideas ranging from neighborhood trash pickups to raising money to donate to a nonprofit charity that sends water to developing countries.

After sharing ideas, the board agreed on plans to help the local elementary and middle schools grow gardens on site. In executing this project, the local youth will be educated about healthy living and maintaining a home-grown diet.


Co-director of the Teen Advisory Board Emma Hernandez

The Teen Advisory Board was created with the purpose of building a bridge between Redwood City officials and local teenagers. According to Emma Hernandez, co-director of the board, “When you see teens … there’s a negative aspect to them. When you bridge that gap, it helps any city see that teens care. You guys are the voice of the city [and] make a very big impact.”

When asked about the main goal of the board Ms. Hernandez said, “[To] build the teens with the community. Hear the teens’ voices. Listening to the teens and what they want as opposed to just guessing.”

The Teen Advisory Board does just that. Teen participants have voiced that it builds their own character while giving them the opportunity to volunteer and voice their opinions.


President of TAB and Sequoia High School senior Sara Osorio

President of the Teen Advisory Board and senior at Sequoia High School Sara Osorio described how being a part of TAB changed her when she said, “I’ve always been very shy. Because I’ve been president it’s given me the opportunity to branch out and be a leader. I want everyone to feel welcome and comfortable with sharing their ideas.”

Osorio went on to explain how TAB defines and actively participates in her community. “Being the voice for our community. Because I don’t think everyone is represented. What better people to ask but teens because we’re the future.”


Summit Prep senior Tyler Sheppy

Summit Prep senior and TAB participant Tyler Sheppy summarized his view on Teen Advisory Board by saying, “It really shows teenagers in our community because it shows we want to make the environment and community a better place.”

If you’re interested in joining the Teen Advisory Board, visit this website to start your application today.

Below is a slideshow of pictures from the Nov. 1 meeting of the Teen Advisory Board:



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