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Harvesting Hope honored by California Assembly, win award

May 04, 2015 by Cindy O'Dell
Harvesting Hope representatives with their proclamation.

Harvesting Hope representatives with their proclamation.

Harvesting Hope spent an unforgettable day in Sacramento on April 27. Assemblyman Devon Mathis honored the group with a resolution in recognition of their work in Tulare County. Student volunteers from Tulare Western, Tulare Union and Mission Oak High Schools were introduced to the Assembly and accepted the resolution on behalf of all those who donated their fruit trees, harvested the fruit and continue to struggle with hunger.

On May 4, students from Harvesting Hope received the Tulare County Step Up Youth Challenge Best Overall High School Community Service Project award. It included a trophy and $5,000.

Assemblyman Devon

Assemblyman Devon Mathis leads students and other Harvesting Hope volunteers through the Capitol.

What started as a student project in one of Michaelpaul Mendoza’s classes has evolved into a community service that is benefiting food banks and families throughout Tulare County. Mendoza, who earned his teacher credential at Brandman’s Visalia campus, is currently a graduate student and a teacher at Mission Oak High School in Tulare. For more information find Harvesting Hope on Facebook.

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