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    Students to Clean Up Oak Grove Park - Part of Pacific’s annual Campus Day of Service

    Feb 11, 2010

    For the third year in a row, University of the Pacific students will donate a Saturday to work for the community. The students will clean up Oak Grove Regional Park and work on landscaping projects alongside employees of the park and the Oak Grove Nature Center. This is part of Pacific's 3rd Annual Campus Day of Service, which will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. February 27th. The event is organized by Pacific's Center for Community Involvement (CCI).

    "Not only does the Stockton community benefit from Campus Day of Service and the work the volunteers do, but the Pacific community benefits from seeing one of the many things Stockton has to offer," says Ruben Cruz, Pacific's Reach Out Coordinator. "These projects also drive home the idea to students that everyone is responsible for the community they live in."

    Up to 100 students, faculty, and staff members from the Stockton campus are anticipated to sign up for the project. Oak Grove Regional Park was selected for this year's project because it offers many different recreation opportunities to the Stockton community, including a mini-lake with paddle boats available for rental, group picnic areas, an indoor nature center, and a nature trail.

    Last year, for Pacific's annual Campus Day of Service, the CCI worked with Stockton's Community Service Department to do a major renovation project at Oak Park. Volunteers painted, landscaped, and otherwise cleaned the park in order to improve the facilities for Stockton residents. That event attracted more than 100 students.

    The CCI, formerly known as the Anderson Y, has been part of the Pacific campus for nearly a century. The center offers tutoring to area school students, organizes community volunteer efforts and runs the "Partners in Education" effort where local school children spend a day exploring college life.

    For more information please visit Reach Out's website at www.pacific.edu/reachout or contact the CCI at 209.946.2444, cci@pacific.edu.