Friends of Five Wounds Trail:
Just a final reminder that our next meeting is Thursday, March 14, 6:30 pm at Roosevelt Community Center.
We’ll have news about our most recent trail count, our October clean-up (including mounting of mural/panels), plans for the April clean-up and reports from VTA and our city council and supervisor’s offices on exciting developments for our trail.
Hope you can be there.
FRIENDS OF FIVE WOUNDS TRAIL
Welcome: Joan Rivas-Cosby
Friends of Five Wounds Trail
Please see the attached report on our trail clean up of April 21. It includes some data but also quotes from student reflection papers — please note how impressed and inspired they were by the comments of our resident participants and leaders.
The City of San Jose (Paul, of course) managed to haul some of the trash away on Sunday and VTA got their contractors out later in the week to finish up the job. We’re looking forward to closer collaboration with VTA for future clean ups now that the precedent has been set.
Friends of Five Wounds Trail (FFWT) and San Jose State University (SJSU)
Trail Clean-Up April 21, 2012
Terry Christensen (SJSU)
Joan-Rivas Cosby (FFWT)
Sabrina Duenas (CommUniverCity)
52 volunteers (32 San Jose State University students, 1 San Jose High School student, 3 St. John Baptist Youth Group and 16 community members (including 3 elementary school students) plus Santa Clara County Supervisor George Shirakawa!
We collected 43 big bags of trash, 1 sofa, 6 tires and one metal frame (for a truck bed?)
and eradicated 99 graffiti tags.
Hours of Service =130 (80 hours SJSU students; 50 hours others)
Students from the “Local Politics Class” at San Jose State University applied the following concepts from their course work in reflection papers: social capital, building community, sense of community, broken windows theory, coproduction, proactive politics, volunteerism, secondary groups, interest groups, immigration and immigrant communities, suburbanization, globalization, diversity, proactive vs. reactive groups, absentee ownership, empowerment, and integrating transportation modes.
Friends of Five Wounds Trail:
The next of our twice-yearly trail clean-ups is coming up Saturday, April 21, 9-12 (finishing sooner if we have enough volutneers).
30 of my students and 10-15 members of the St. John Baptist Church Youth Group (our newest ally) will help, but it’s very important for all of these young people to see lots of community members out there setting the standard as role models.
Can you help? Let me know and we’ll follow up with details. Hope to see you out there.
Please meet in the parking lot of the Five Wounds Church on Santa Clara Street, near Highway 101. Coffee, juice, bagels and donuts will be available.
A link to the neighborhood’s latest Five Wounds / Brookwood Terrace Bart Village Plan.
This concept plan will serve as the model for the San Jose Envision 2040′s first village. How exciting!