Tamalpais High School and the City of Mill Valley Launches the First Freshman Day of Service

On Monday, May 6th, 2019 the entire freshman class of Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, approximately 400 students, plus 100 teachers and chaperones, spent the day working on a variety of service projects in and around the City of Mill Valley and southern Marin. 

“This is a really phenomenal event,” Mayor Jim Wickham said. “When I became Mayor in April, I set a goal of engaging with local youth to create more community dialog and to improve and empower Mill Valley youth. I really look forward to this event kicking off this effort and look forward to future opportunities for us to work together to improve our community.”

The students worked on projects identified by community leaders and City staff with several groups including the City of Mill Valley's Recreation, Public Works, Police, and Fire Departments. In addition, the Emergency Preparedness Commission and Parks and Recreations Commission, Marin City Community Services District participated as well.

Projects included:

  • Trail and creek maintenance
  • Community and Bayfront Garden maintenance
  • Invasive plant removal
  • Assisting the Police and Fire Departments disseminate information about an upcoming emergency preparedness evacuation drill
  • Park bench restoration 

The day began at 8:00 am at Tam High with a brief presentation to the students. From there, they headed out on foot or by car to their designated work sites. At 12:00 pm, the students met at the Mill Valley Community Center for lunch and fun activities. 

Tam High Principal J.C. Farr highlighted the importance of volunteering, citing Shirley Chisholm’s famous quote, “Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth,” he said. “We are thankful for the opportunity to provide service to the Mill Valley Community and teach our students the importance of giving back. I would like to thank the teachers, parents, and students that have agreed to actively participate in this amazing opportunity. We are proud of our students and their commitment to public service.”

Here are some quotes from the students and photos from the day:

“In this day, I learned about the efficiency of teamwork. My community service task was painting. I wouldn’t have completed this without help from my peers.” 

“Today was nice because we were able to accomplish a lot of work as an entire grade. I think its very nice that we all came together to accomplish our work.”

“This day doing service was fun and educational; I would like to get further involved with community service.”

“It was fun to be with friends while serving our community. I will do more community service in the future.”

Thank You
Many thanks to all that participated! It would not have been possible without the support of Tam Highschool’s parents/chaperones, PTSA, Interact Club, teachers/leaders as well as Friends of SLPs, Marin County Parks, Mill Valley Police Department, Mill Valley Fire Department, Department of Public Works, Recreation Department, and the Community Emergency Response Team. We also appreciated the support of City leaders Mayor Jim Wickham, Vice Mayor Sashi McEntee, and Councilmember Jessica Jackson.

About the City of Mill Valley Volunteer Program:
The City of Mill Valley's Recreation Department has developed an active volunteer program. The volunteer program plays a key role in important infrastructure and parks projects all over the City. Our robust network of volunteers contributes the equivalent of hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. This new partnership between Tam High and Mill Valley Recreation, The Freshman Day of Service, will contribute close to $30,000 in labor in those few hours.

To learn more about Citywide Volunteer opportunities click here.

For More Information, please contact:
Ronnie Moore, Volunteer Coordinator