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MLK Day in East Palo Alto
by Text: R.R. Photos: Jack Owicki
Wednesday Jan 23rd, 2019 6:50 PM
MLK Jr. Day was established as a federal holiday in 1983; Congress designated it a National Day of Service in 1994. For the fourth year in a row, volunteers came together to plant trees in East Palo Alto. They started out in Martin Luther King Park on Daisy Lane.
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On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, approximately 200 volunteers spent the morning spreading mulch, removing debris and planting trees in East Palo Alto. Environmental group Canopy provided the trees, emphasizing native flora. Young and old came together to plant the trees near the Bay Trail by San Francisquito Creek, where there has been flood protection work. Volunteer workers prepared another site for a potential fruit tree orchard.

Small groups worked together to work at the end of O'Connor Street, on Verbena Drive near Abelia Way, and the end of Daphne Way. At the end of the morning three truckloads of debris were removed and all came together for a group photo.

Mayor Lisa Gauthier was on hand to speak to the volunteers then wielded a shovel. In addition to non-profit Canopy, habitat-restoration organization Grassroots Ecology, the San Francisquito Joint Powers Authority, and the City of East Palo Alto supported the volunteers' labor.
§Canopy Team Leader
by Text: R.R. Photos: Jack Owicki Wednesday Jan 23rd, 2019 6:50 PM
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§Canopy Vests Are Bright Yellow
by Text: R.R. Photos: Jack Owicki Wednesday Jan 23rd, 2019 6:50 PM
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§Getting name tags
by Text: R.R. Photos: Jack Owicki Wednesday Jan 23rd, 2019 6:50 PM
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§This kid likes to dig in the dirt!
by Text: R.R. Photos: Jack Owicki Wednesday Jan 23rd, 2019 6:50 PM
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§youth volunteers
by Text: R.R. Photos: Jack Owicki Wednesday Jan 23rd, 2019 6:50 PM
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§youth volunteers
by Text: R.R. Photos: Jack Owicki Wednesday Jan 23rd, 2019 6:50 PM
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§This is what success looks like
by Text: R.R. Photos: Jack Owicki Wednesday Jan 23rd, 2019 6:50 PM
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Happy faces as a new tree stands tall
§Gardening Gloves
by Text: R.R. Photos: Jack Owicki Wednesday Jan 23rd, 2019 6:50 PM
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§On the berm
by Text: R.R. Photos: Jack Owicki Wednesday Jan 23rd, 2019 6:50 PM
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§By a fence
by Text: R.R. Photos: Jack Owicki Wednesday Jan 23rd, 2019 6:50 PM
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§Working hard
by Text: R.R. Photos: Jack Owicki Wednesday Jan 23rd, 2019 6:50 PM
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§Mayor Lisa Gauthier
by Text: R.R. Photos: Jack Owicki Wednesday Jan 23rd, 2019 6:50 PM
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§Lisa G. in the center of things smiling
by Text: R.R. Photos: Jack Owicki Wednesday Jan 23rd, 2019 6:50 PM
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§Shoveling
by Text: R.R. Photos: Jack Owicki Wednesday Jan 23rd, 2019 6:50 PM
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§Group so large...not everyone could fit in
by Text: R.R. Photos: Jack Owicki Wednesday Jan 23rd, 2019 6:50 PM
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