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Redwood City Pride & Beautification Committee Joins with CityTrees, John Gill School PTA, Community Impact, and Slow Food Volunteers for a Day of Tree Planting

Redwood City, CA - November 7, 2003 - On Saturday, November 15, 2003 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, a collaboration of students, parents and volunteers will be working together to plant dozens of trees at John Gill School, located at 555 Avenue del Ora, Redwood City.

Twenty trees have been donated by the Pride and Beautification Committee of the City of Redwood City. These trees will add shade, bird habitat, and beauty to the grounds of John Gill School, in addition to oxygen for the neighboring community. Volunteers wishing to participate are welcome to call for more details.

"This day has been made possible by an incredible collaboration of many groups. It started with the donation of trees by the Pride and Beautification Committee and has blossomed to include the tree planting volunteer/experts from CityTrees, the students and parent volunteers from John Gill School, and volunteers from Community Impact and Slow Food", says Robin Mankey, member of John Gill PTA. "It is exciting to have a day where such a diverse group of our community come together to create something that will benefit our children for years to come." Each classroom at John Gill School will adopt a tree. They will learn about the tree, water it and tend to it as necessary during its first years in its new home.

Founded in 2000, CityTrees ( is involved in a broad spectrum of volunteer projects throughout the City. This organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life in Redwood City through a coordinated program of tree planting and maintenance, education, and advocacy. With these efforts, CityTrees is preserving and extending the urban forest.

Community Impact ( is a nonprofit group of thousands of volunteers from all around the Bay Area which organizes "done-in-a-day" volunteer projects of all kinds to make it easy for someone to volunteer. Since forming in 1988, Community Impact volunteers have provided more than 200,000 hours of service to our local community. Slow Food ( an educational organization dedicated to stewardship of the land and ecologically sound food production and its members have been regular volunteers working with students and the school gardens at John Gill School. For more information about John Gill School and the PTA, visit

Visit Redwood City’s website at for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, and City government.

Gordon Mann
Public Works Superintendent

Robin Mankey
John Gill School PTA

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