Have you noticed something different about the LCHS campus? Cleaner walls, fresher soil, and less trash, perhaps?
On April 7th, more than 160 students from grades 7-12 arrived at school as early as 7 a.m., ready to beautify the campus. With the help of cooperative weather and cool temperatures, students, along with parents and several faculty members, diligently worked until around noon. Hosted by the LCHS Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA), the annual Serv-a-Thon was a meaningful experience for everyone involved.
As students checked in early in the morning, they each received a pink raffle ticket for prizes at the end. Then the groups of friends were assigned different tasks. In the northern areas of campus, around the IRC and 7/8 building, fresh wood chips were spread evenly at the base of the shrubbery. A few La Cañada fathers assisted with the loading of very heavy wheelbarrows. Before the wood chips could be laid out, little bits of trash had to be picked up individually, but students made the most of their time.
“Handling the wheelbarrow and replenishing the soil with woodchips were pretty fun,” Brandon Lee (10) said. “With the tools we were given, my friends and I enjoyed fixing up the school.”
While speakers blasted hip-hop tracks from artists like Drake, many volunteers sat on the ground, meticulously scraping gum off of the concrete floors. Next to the LCHS swimming pool, a couple of groups carefully scrubbed the athletic lockers. The walls of the North Gym were noticeably cleaner; volunteers, with just soap and water, removed many stains and icky remains of food from the gray walls.
Bryant Nakasone (11) detailed the cleaning: “Honestly, I didn’t realize how dirty the walls of the gym were until I looked closely and had to wipe them. I think people will notice the difference.”
Mrs. Tujian, the parent president of the LCHS Parent Teacher Student Association, added, “Servathon was a huge success. We thank all of our hard working students for their energy and show of campus pride. Many thanks to our tireless custodians, and our administration and staff for their support in making the Servathon a huge success. See you next year!”