Residents celebrate Earth Day
by Brooke Borba | Patterson Irrigator
May 01, 2014 | 1269 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Volunteers decorate a sign to commemorate Earth Day on Saturday morning, April 26 at the Hammon Senior Center, 1033 West Las Palmas Avenue.
Volunteers decorate a sign to commemorate Earth Day on Saturday morning, April 26 at the Hammon Senior Center, 1033 West Las Palmas Avenue.
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Volunteers from Kohl’s Cares operation lends a hand to help beautify the grounds at the Hammon Senior Center in honor of Earth Day.----Photo by Brooke Borba/Patterson Irrigator
Volunteers from Kohl’s Cares operation lends a hand to help beautify the grounds at the Hammon Senior Center in honor of Earth Day.----Photo by Brooke Borba/Patterson Irrigator
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Left to right, Shivaugn Alves, an instructor at Apricot Valley Elementary School, and one of her students rub away graffiti at the Patterson Skate Park.
Left to right, Shivaugn Alves, an instructor at Apricot Valley Elementary School, and one of her students rub away graffiti at the Patterson Skate Park.
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Girl Scout 2253 Troop leader Roxann Le'i digs in the flower beds with three troop members and co-leader Ermelinda Flores-Bearrup.
Girl Scout 2253 Troop leader Roxann Le'i digs in the flower beds with three troop members and co-leader Ermelinda Flores-Bearrup.
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In honor of Earth Day, volunteers throughout the area came together at the Hammon Senior Center off 1033, W. Las Palmas Ave. to dig up dirt, plant flowers and clean up trash.

The ceremony opened up with an announcement from Mayor Luis Molina, who stayed to garner as many volunteers as possible.

On hand was an organization known as Kohl’s Cares, which was at the forefront of the volunteer efforts. Turlock native Jose Gonzalez, who has been an 8-year associate with Kohl’s distribution center in Patterson, brought many family members to help volunteer in Patterson.

Patterson resident and girl scout leader of troop 2253, Roxann Le’i was also present with several of her girls and co-leader Ermelinda Flores-Bearrup.

“I think if everyone takes a part in making Patterson look beautiful, it won’t take too much effort,” said Le’i. “Earth Day is just another way to slowly help Patterson.”

Free soil, arts and crafts, and an e-waste drive coerced visitors into joining the effort, and helped secure added funds for the Patterson Recreation Department.

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