Posted January 20, 2014 by Editorial Staff in 2014

Urban Releaf MLK Day of Service

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On January 20, 2014, about 150 volunteers joined Urban Releaf for its sixth annual MLK Day of Service, honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The volunteers—including large groups from Clorox Corporation, Old Oakland Neighbors, Montclair Middle School, East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation, Service for Peace, Public Allies, and Girl Scoup Troop #17–were treated to a gorgeous, sunny day in Oakland, which was unseasonably warm for January. A perfect day, as it turned out, for tree-planting; by mid-afternoon, 40 street trees — Chinese Pistache, Ginko Biloba, Aristocrat, and Sycamore — had been added to Oakland’s downtown/Old Oakland neighborhood!

Media coverage also included a segment on KGO-TV

Community engagement was certainly the order of the day. At the end of the event, the Public Allies group formed a large circle; everyone talked about what they learned from the experience. One group member vowed to return to the site in the future, so he can check the progress of the tree he helped to plant.

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