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The charter school has a variety of skilled community members who volunteer one day per week in the classrooms and a clinical psychologist who sees both students and families for therapy at no cost.
Assistance from the community is particularly meaningful when GCS conducts large-scale volunteer projects. Past examples include:
Playground Build Day: In 2005, 400 community volunteers installed a playground, repainted fences and walls, built benches, laid sod, painted a sixty-foot mural, planted an edible food garden, and constructed library bookshelves and classroom cubbies for GCS. Former California First Lady Maria Shriver, local politicians and news media attended the event.
A Tribute to Rousseau: In 2006, with the assistance of a city Community Beautification Grant, 67 volunteers created three Henri Rousseau style jungle-themed murals at GCS.
Landscaping Project #1: In 2008, with the assistance of a second city Community Beautification Grant, 50 volunteers beautified GCS by adding plants to sparse planters around campus and by planting a butterfly garden. A portion of the grant also went towards the purchase of 40-cubic yards of engineered wood fiber spread over the playground during three separate parent work days.
Landscaping Project #2: In 2010, with the assistance of a third city Community Beautification Grant, volunteers added plants to GCS’ campus and to the neighboring Logan Street Elementary School campus.