Community Service Leadership activity jumps into action


The Community Service Leadership activity planted nearly 800 trees along South Prairie Creek to provide a cooler climate for the passing salmon. The group has also organized, planned, and participated in other community events this year.

The Community Service Leadership (CSL) Activity, formerly known as Annie’s Angels, has planned and volunteered at two significant events in the first month and a half of school.

On October 7th, CSL partnered with the Pierce Conservation district to plant nearly 800 trees along South Prairie Creek to provide a cooler climate for the passing salmon.

On October 14th, CSL went to Theatre Square to participate in Making Strides, a breast cancer awareness walk put on by The American Cancer Society. Senior leader Rayna Wolff gave thanks to the AWS volunteers for “coming out in pink to cheer on survivors and walkers.”

The group also invited representatives from the nonprofits WE, Save the Children Action Network (SCAN), Write253, and REACH to Annie Wright to share their knowledge about ways to most effectively contribute to our community.

“I’ve learned about looking for what the community wants and not what I want. These jobs are not always the most popular, but often mean the most,” freshman member Graycie Viscon shared.

CSL works to achieve social justice through service learning and leadership. The members first learn about and discuss social justice issues and then, after forming relationships with organizations in the community that address those issues, apply that knowledge through meaningful community service.

Advisor Sedia Bayard inspires, supports, and motivates members to pursue their passions. She encourages them to dive deeper into social justice issues concerning youth, elders, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), food insecurity and justice, health, the environment, and education. CSL does not simply volunteer, but the group also looks at the systemic roots of the issues locally and globally.

Freshman member Hannah Altayar is “proud of how much we help and inspire each other.”

The group meets each week Tuesday-Friday in the Library Sutton Room.

CSL has many more events and projects in the works and would love for anyone with a passion for social justice and helping others to join the activity.

A quick introduction to CSL’s members and their passions:

Rayna is passionate about advocating for people with I/DD
Gabrielle is passionate about helping underprivileged youth and the homeless
Hannah is passionate about helping underprivileged youth
Graycie is passionate about the protecting environment