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Hands On Schools/Hands On Inland Empire - South Tamarind Elementary School

Hands On Schools/Hands On Inland Empire - South Tamarind Elementary School

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Hands On Inland Empire’s Earth Day/National Youth Service Day project at South Tamarind Elementary took place on April 21, 2007.
Volunteers hoped that a Hands On Schools project would send a message to the overall community that their children matter and are worthy of just a fraction of some of the materials and spaces that other students receive in other schools.
Prior to the actual Project Day, Hands On Inland Empire (HOIE) implemented a service learning project with all the classes at South Tamarind Elementary School.  Each class planted different flower and vegetable seeds and observed the different phases of growth, as well as, learned how to water and plant the seedlings. During the project’s prep day on April 17, volunteers and school district employees repaved an asphalt surface, power washed all the surfaces that were scheduled to be painted, sketched murals, dug holes for tree planting, and sanded surfaces for painting.
On the day of the project, 441 volunteers came together and truly transformed the school, impacting 900 students. The volunteers included 150 from The Home Depot and managed to log an incredible 2,646 volunteer hours.




  • 8 outdoor murals
  • Built an outdoor classroom
  • Spray painted stars throughout school
  • USA and World Maps painted in the courtyard of the school
  • Repainted 14 classrooms
  • Built a concrete walkway.
  • Added 55 plants and trees added to landscape
  • Built community bulletin board
  • Constructed picnic benches, planter boxes, and 5 learning or community gardens. Painted 15 hallways/offices 
  • 2 indoor murals 
  • Created 4 community gathering spaces
  • Refurbished 2 outdoor games.
    Hands On Inland Empire also collaborated with The Home Depot to create a unique outdoor classroom.  They built an 18x 12 stage with stadium seating and a bulletin board for teachers to utilize.

Project Details

Impact Area(s): Children & Education
Tags: earth day, Hands On Schools, nysd
Start Date: 21 April, 2007
End Date: 21 April, 2007
Location: Fontana, California ()

Submited impact hours

Total hours: 0
Approved hours: 0
Certified hours: 0