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Volunteers help west Valley schools on "day of service"

Day of Service in Surprise
Posted at 5:49 PM, Oct 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-20 00:22:33-04

SURPRISE, AZ — Saturday was a "Day of Service" in the city of Surprise. The city partnered with schools across the west Valley, doing projects that could improve campuses.

At Desert Oasis Elementary School, more than one hundred volunteers raked dirt and pulled out weeds. The goal was to turn the area in front of the school into a nature trail and a butterfly waystation.

"We're going to open up a nature trail that goes all the way around the retention basin," Desert Oasis Elementary School Principal Angelina Geraci said.

All of the tools were donated to the school by Lowe's.

The hope for this specific project is that kids and members of the community will spend more time learning outdoors.

"The next couple of years they're going to have curriculum completely embedded in STEM," Geraci said. "So they learn better when they're using their hands and interacting."