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Local Children to Visit Cal State Fullerton
As Part of Cesar Chavez Heroes Project


November 21, 2003 :: No. 115

What: A group of 400 elementary school children will visit Cal State Fullerton for “A Day of Celebrating Education, Service and Community,” through the Cesar Chavez Heroes Project.
When/Where: Tuesday, Dec. 2, Titan Student Union
Activities: 9 a.m. – Reflection course. Students will review and reflect upon their experience with the Cesar Chavez Heroes Project.
10:15 –11:45 a.m. – Students will tour the campus and attend miniclasses taught by Cal State Fullerton faculty members on subjects, including geology, anthropology and American history.
Noon – Lunch assembly. Students will receive certificates for completing the program, plus backpacks donated by Office Depot and goodie bags donated by Titan Shops.
Background: During the fall semester, 80 Cal State Fullerton students, as part of a service-learning course, visited Ruby Drive Elementary in Placentia, Hurley Elementary in La Puente and the Anaheim Achieves after-school program to teach children about the legacy and heroism of the late Cesar Chavez, founder of the United Farm Workers. The students also participated in exercises to identify local heroes in their community and everyday life.

This month, the students are designing six service projects as part of the program, including crafting blankets to give to the homeless, participating in a cleanup of reserve lands in the Newport Back Bay area and visiting the Easter Seals Senior Day Care Center to spend time with seniors. The project is a program of the university’s Center for Community Service-Learning.

“The project not only focuses on the life and legacy of Cesar Chavez, but it helps to build a sense of community by supporting the interaction between elementary school children, college students and the local community service agencies,” explained Sabrina Aris-Guentz, coordinator of the Cesar Chavez Heroes Project. “It provides an avenue for people of all ages to become heroes by giving of themselves to serve others.”

Media Contacts: Sabrina Aris-Guentz, Cesar Chavez Heroes Project coordinator, 657-278-5192 or saris-guentz@fullerton.edu
Elizabeth Martin, Public Affairs, 657-278-3798 or emartin@fullerton.edu

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