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March 28, 2002

Children in Chavez Day project
get visit from leader's family

Family and friends of labor leader Cesar Chavez will be on hand Monday as more than 100 students from Sacramento's Caleb Greenwood School kick off their Cesar Chavez Day of Service and Learning, cleaning up a portion of the American River that runs near their school.

As part of a community service project run by California State University, Sacramento bilingual education professor Hugo Chacon, students will gather at 10 a.m., Monday, April 1, in the school cafeteria at 5457 Carlson Drive. They'll hear from United Farm Workers president Arturo Rodriguez, Chavez' oldest son Fernando Chavez and Cesar Chavez Foundation executive director Andrés Irlando. Afterward, the students will begin work on the one-mile portion of the American River Parkway they have adopted adjacent to Hall Park, close to their school and about a mile from the University.

Funding for the effort comes from a $78,000 grant the University received from GO SERV, the Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism.

In addition to Greenwood, Chacon and some of his students are working with four other schools to develop service projects in Chavez' honor. Children from all four schools will come together on the University campus April 29 for a Sacramento-area Cesar Chavez Day Forum to present their projects to each other and to Chavez' daughter, Julie Chavez Rodriguez.

Media assistance is available by contacting the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.


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