Local students and community members teamed up to celebrate César Chávez Day with the annual César Chávez Day of Service. Off-site projects included organizing the Brother Benno’s thrift store; painting the exterior of the Joe Balderrama Recreation Center in Oceanside; painting and cleaning at the Community Resource Center and Food Distribution Center; weeding, cultivating, and picking strawberries at Dragon Organics; and working in the gardens at North County Community Services. Activities at the San Marcos campus included projects at the ethnobotany garden and the sustainable food project garden. Students at the Temecula campus also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity’s Brush with Kindness Program, performing low-cost home repairs for low-income and disabled homeowners.

After the morning of service, participants returned to campus for a lunch and program. The keynote speaker was Leticia Maldonado-Stamos. A longtime teacher and community advocate, she has served on the board of the César Chávez Foundation for 18 years.