Extreme Clean Equals Good Health at Encinal

On Tuesday, Aug. 7, 16 members of Encinal High School's (EHS) Extreme Clean Action Team (ECAT) helped make a difference by beautifying the EHS campus, maintaining gardens, cleaning classrooms and painting buildings.

Diana Kenney, Encinal's digital- citizenship teacher, started the program in the summer of 2011 when she noticed how messy and unkempt the campus became. Run by Kenney and other students, ECAT events occur about once a month, each drawing around 10 to 15 volunteers. A total of 100 high school students participated in the program last summer and 40 this summer.

Community-service hours look great on any teen's resume; some high schools require a certain amount for students to graduate.

However, earning enough hours can be challenging. In addition to providing a place to volunteer, ECAT rewards hard-working students by doubling the hours they receive. In recognition for contributions made to the campus, the program received many donations, including sorting bins from the Parent-Teacher- Student Association and a TV from the senior class. Those in the program hope to continue their mission of caring for EHS and to start ECATs in other Alameda schools and possibly parks.

To do so, the program is currently looking for donations. To donate, volunteer or find out more, contact ECAT at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Diana Kelley at dmkenney1222@ gmail.com.


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