Alhambra High Wraps Up the First Semester

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On December 14, 2017 Alhambra High Earth Team had their final meeting of the semester.  This was a day to celebrate and reflect.  The team enjoyed a potluck and music and I had the opportunity to interview each intern about there experience this semester.  Interns were asked to give feedback on how they felt the program could improve, how they felt they had succeeded and areas in which they would like to focus more effort in for their own growth.  In the mix of the semester it is rare that I can find time to sit down with interns one on one and I feel this time and their feedback will make next semester all that much more successful.  Alhambra High Earth Team continues to perform at higher and higher levels and I am truly looking forward to watching the success they have in the months to come.

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Shradha’s Experience as a New Intern

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***Student Blog***

My name is Shradha Shakya, a junior from Alhambra high school. I have known about the Earth team Internships for a few years now. When I was a sophomore, we had Vita and Jenna come in and present Earth Team internships to our class. They had me hooked because of all the amazing opportunities they had to offer. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to join because of my schooling. I was still able to learn about what Earth Team does and what the Interns do because my cousin and my friends were a part of Earth Team. Before I wanted to be on Earth Team because of the name. It sounds selfish and childish but honestly I wanted to be in it for my resume and college applications. Now that I see the problems around me and actually get to make a change, the name isn’t that significant to me.

My favorite experience with my team has been Leaf 2017. First of all, I had never been camping before so this was honestly one of the most memorable things I will ever do because I love the outdoors. Packing for Leaf, the excitement and thrill was amazing. I have great friends on Earth team and most of them were going on this trip. The morning of the trip we had to meet up outside a bart station. Me and my mom picked up three of my friends and drove to the bart station. That ride itself was a blast. Then we took the bus to the camp site. We arrived at the location and instantly I had started making friends. Everyone was so nice and having people so close to my age really helped avoid the awkwardness.

All the activities from the tent setup to the food prep was so fun because they were all team activities. I had never put up a tent before and the experience of just putting one up was great because I was with tent-mates, who had no idea what they were doing either, but we managed to put up the tent really nicely which was awesome. Later that night, after all the fun activities and beach games, we got to have a campfire. Again this was a first, I had never been in a campfire before or even made smores. This is usually surprising to most people but I didn’t grow up camping because it’s just me and my mom.

Our team’s project this year is to clean up Rumrill Road in Richmond and make it into a new environment. We have been working onsite and with the city to help make Rumrill cleaner and a better place. Currently we are planning to present the community our ideas to get them on board and help us out. I grew up in Richmond and coincidentally on the corner of Rumrill Road. I lived in that area for 4 years and then later moved to Martinez. So to be a part of a project that takes me back to my old community and helps me give back to them means so much to me. Knowing that I am who I am because my experiences there and the people there makes me so thankful to have an opportunity to give back to them.

There has been a lot that I have learned from being a part of this team. Being on this team makes me realize that anyone can make a difference in their society and that there are so many ways to help. All someone needs to do is look into something a little bit more to find out how to help. I want to be able to help people in the future. No matter if it’s public health, social services or business. Through my experience at Earth Team, I hope to contribute my knowledge to any possible field.

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Alhambra High Creates Educational Materials to Communicate to San Pablo

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On November 16, 2017 Alhambra High Earth Team met to find discuss solutions to the litter problem on Rumrill Blvd.  The team brainstormed ideas for outreach and determined that they should have some kind of brochure or flyer to pass out when they are conducting their assessments.  They considered the fact that they are often stopped by pedestrians who are curious about their work, and that having some material to pass out to supplement their conversation would be helpful in spreading the word about the litter problem in San Pablo.

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Below is a reflection from one of the Alhambra interns about the day:

***STUDENT BLOG***

Written by Jaida Chellew

Making flyers and pamphlets for Earth Team was not only a fun experience in which the members got to use their creativity, but also a great learning experience that helped better my understanding of the goals that Earth Team is working to achieve with this year’s project on Rumrill. My partner and I had the task of making a flyer discussing the most common waste that we have come across and what effects it has on the environment. My partner, Dalvir, and I made a flyer based on information we researched and statistics around the amount of cigarette waste in America every year. We included some images of Earth Team at different locations in Rumrill and projects we have worked on. I am excited to pass our flyers out to the community in hopes of easing knowledge into the minds of the residents and helping people understand how they affect the environment around them.   

 

 

 

Alhambra Earth Team Returns to Rumrill

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On November 2, 2017 Alhambra High Earth Team returned to San Pablo to conduct another litter assessment on Rumrill Blvd.  The interns focused solely on cigarette litter, collecting over one thousand butts.  Cigarette litter is known to carry heavy metals.  Storm water washes cigarette litter in the storm drains which lead to the local creeks and make their way to the Bay.  Heavy metals are polluting our Bay and it is the mission of Alhambra Earth Team to reduce the negative impacts of cigarette litter.

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As the interns walked the street of a known hot spot, or area where litter is highly concentrated, community members approached them questioning their intentions.  Interns were thrilled to explain their project and how they hope to protect the local water shed. Alhambra High will continue its work along Rumrill Blvd for the remainder of the school year and hope to build lasting relationships wit community partners in the area.

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