McClatchy Park Clean Up Day


Recently, Sac High students were introduced to a new website feature that allows them to browse and sign-up for various community service opportunities.

One of the many opportunities available to students through the website took place on Wednesday, November 8th, as dozens of students and staff teamed up with The Oak Park Neighborhood Association, The City of Sacramento Adopt-a-Park program and AAA, and put their volunteer vests and gloves to work at The McClatchy Park Clean-up held from 2:15-5:15 p.m. after students were dismissed early for minimum day Wednesdays.

Students from grades 9-12 came out, rolled their sleeves up and got to work, picking up trash throughout the entire park. “It’s a great way for our students to serve their community,” said St. HOPE staff member and Sac High Alum, Melissa Foster. “We’re all very proud.” 

McClatchy Park, located on 5th Avenue in the historic Oak Park neighborhood, was built in 1889 and is the largest park in Oak Park. In 2014, on its 125th year anniversary, the park was renovated to include new play structures, a water spray area and a skate park, and has since been a growing landmark in the Oak Park community.

Teachers, City Year staff and Sac High students took to the park after school to do their part. Community leader, Tamika L’Ecluse said in a Facebook post, “This is what commUNITY looks like!” as she highlighted  all the hard work students and staff had accomplished. “We filled two large trash bins and about 25 bags of trash and debris,” she concluded.

Students also took great pride in the work they had done, noting, “we had better not see anyone mess this park up after all our hard work.” #PrideInTheWork! #PrideInTheCommunity! Keep up the GREAT work Dragons!