Cal students dig, clean, spruce up for Berkeley Project day

Students from Cal planted along Shattuck Avenue on Saturday for The Berkeley Project, Cal's largest day of service. Photo: Ted Friedman

Students from Cal planted along Shattuck Avenue on Saturday for The Berkeley Project, Cal’s largest day of service. Photo: Ted Friedman

Thousands of UC Berkeley students fanned out across the city on Saturday to participate in the university’s largest day of service.

The students sanded, painted,  pulled non-indigenous plants at Tilden Park, and beautified sidewalks in downtown Berkeley, among many other activities.

The volunteer effort was run by The Berkeley Project, created in 2006 by students and completely student-operated.  The Berkeley Project, according to its mission statement, not only provides powerful assistance to the public, but aims to create “a lasting culture of service-learning among its participants” and to “permanently change the relationship between the students and residents of Berkeley through hands-on community service.”

Students weeded out non-indigenous plants in Tilden Park on Saturday, part of The Berkeley project. Photo: Ted Friedman

Students weeded out non-indigenous plants in Tilden Park on Saturday, part of The Berkeley project. Photo: Ted Friedman

After working, some students participating in The Berkeley Project rode the merry-go-round at Tilden Park. Photo: Ted Friedman

After working, some students participating in The Berkeley Project rode the merry-go-round at Tilden Park. Photo: Ted Friedman

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  • Erica

    Thanks very much for your hard work at Washington Elementary, my son’s school!

  • Bill N

    They were working in Ohlone Park Saturday too. Thanks.

  • guest

    I also thank you for your work at Washington, and for helping out with the Parks and Rec Department’s Pumpkin Patch Dash and Halloween Carnival!

  • Stephanie Ou

    Go bears!

  • Robynn G

    Why were they in the affluent areas cleaning their private properties? I witnessed the students on the side of houses on Derby and Bienenue picking up whatever they saw. I didn’t see them on Addison, or Allston Way or California or Jefferson areas?????