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NEWSLETTER: November 2015
In this issue:
Super Guadalupe River Run
Pumpkins in the Park
Harker School Service Learning
Super Guadalupe River Run
On your mark, get set - register soon! As one of San Jose's Super Community events during Super Bowl Week, this will sell out.
Join us on Sunday, February 7th for a 10K, 5K or, for kids under 12, a 1K run/walk. Proceeds benefit our education and stewardship efforts.
Click here to register.
City Survey for Park Activation
The Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services Department is conducting an activation study of the Confluence/Arena Green area of the park and is soliciting community input via an online survey.
Click here to participate.
Pumpkins in the Park
Our heartfelt thanks go out to the sponsors, partners, supporters, and volunteers who made Pumpkins in the Park a great success!
Event Sponsors - CEFCU, Children's Discovery Museum, City of San Jose, Cortese Brothers Farms, First 5, Martinelli's, Pacific Gas & Electric, NBC11, San Jose Downtown Association, and Whole Foods Market
GRPC Partners - Adobe, Mike & Christy Akatiff, Armanino, Barry Swenson Builder, Blach Construction, Simon Bloch & Denise Chilow, Boston Properties, Cosmopolitan Catering, eBay, John Joseph Kelly, III, Samaritan Medical Center, SanDisk, San Jose Sharks, San Jose Water Company, Santa Clara Valley Water District, The Sobrato Organization, Southwest, Supervisor Ken Yeager, Swinerton Builders, ValleyCrest Landscape, and West Valley Construction
Event Supporters - A-1 Heating and Cooling, A Slice of New York, Air Systems Foundation, AJ Auto Detailing, The Alves Family, The Austen Family, Bay Hydraulics, The Caputo Family, Hardcastle Auto Body, Joan and Sheryl Hinshaw, Lindy Roofing, Jason Papier, and Rose Garden Auto Care
The GRPC Board of Directors and staff have lots to be grateful for this holiday season.
We appreciate the support of Mayor Sam Liccardo, District 3 Councilmember Raul Peralez, and the rest of the City Council.
We are thrilled with the Rotary PlayGarden and thankful for the Rotary Club of San Jose's leadership, vision, and generosity.
We are grateful for our tireless volunteers, generous supporters, many of whom are listed above, and for the leadership of the Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services Dept.
Finally, the staff appreciates the dedication of our amazing Board of Directors
and Advisory Council.
We are grateful that the David and Lucile Packard Foundation renewed a two-year, $100,000 grant for our hands-on science programs; the Shortino Family Foundation awarded us $20,000 to cover field trips for students from Title One schools, and Western Digital Foundation sent $10,000 in support of our volunteer program. We greatly appreciate the financial support and are inspired by these foundations' confidence in our programs.
Harker School Service Day
We partnered with The Harker School to host a day of service and learning on October 14th for the 196 members of the Class of 2019 and their faculty advisors. Half the students rotated through three environmental education stations, while the others removed trash from the river bed. After lunch, the groups switched roles and together removed over 800 pounds of garbage!
LDS Sisters were among the many cheerful volunteers at Pumpkins in the Park.
A hearty thanks to all the volunteer groups that toiled to make GRPG a more beautiful place this past September:
Alpha Phi Omega
Chaboya Middle School
Evergreen Valley High School
Hands on Bay Area
Monta Vista High School
Morgan Autism Center
National Charity League
Piedmont Hills High School
South Bay Heritage Rose Group
Wells Fargo Bank
Willow Glen High School
And that is only the groups! We also appreciate the scores of individuals who come out weekly to make a difference. We logged 1,263 volunteer hours in September.
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunties
Rose Garden Workdays
Weds. and Sats. 8:30-11:30 am. More info.
Historic Orchard Volunteer Work Day
Sat. Dec. 5th, 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up.
River Clean Up
Sat. Nov. 21st, 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up.
Meet Volunteer Joanna Tran
Joanna Tran, one of our newer SJSU interns, works primarily with our education team but has been helping in other ways as well. She will graduate from SJSU next year with a degree in environmental studies and minors in biology and chemistry. During a recent trip abroad, Joanna discovered her interest in environmental education when she was given the opportunity to teach about the importance of our environment. Thank you for your help Joanna!