Wearing jackets, hooded sweatshirts and gloves, 175 students and Madera Rotary Club volunteers gathered on a chilly morning to clean up trash and make improvements along the west end of the Vern McCullough Fresno River Trail.
The event Saturday commemorated the 2012 National Day of Service and TRIO Day. Mayor Brett Frazier, MUSD Superintendent Gustavo Balderas and City Councilman Gary Svanda thanked the volunteers for “giving back to the community and being valuable citizens of Madera.”
According to Monica Nolasco and Monica Diaz of the City of Madera, who coordinated the Riverwalk Improvement Project, volunteers from the Madera Community College Center’s Upward Bound program, Student Support Services and the Science-Technology-Engineering-Math (STEM) program also helped with the cleanup.
Madera High and Madera South students and parents participated in the project, which was supported by the Madera Parks and Community Services Department...