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Redlands 'Patron Saints' continue to charm a grateful citizenry
 
Cope students showcase the A.K. Smiley Public Library, and the two Redlands' "Patron Saints" who made it possible, in their "Postcards from Redlands" mural at the middle school, 1000 W. Cypress Ave. The statue of Albert K. and Alfred Smiley is featured in the mural to honor their community service and inspire students to contribute in their own ways to their town.

According to the library's web site (www.akspl.org/history.html), "The A.K. Smiley Public Library and surrounding Smiley Park, so named by a grateful city council in honor of the donor, was dedicated on April 29, 1898 In order to complete his personal philanthropy, Albert Smiley had to borrow $40,000. In all, the library and park cost him over $60,000." 
   
The web site states that the library was designed in a Moorish style, popularly called "mission," by T.R. Griffith, and features walls of solid brick with hand-cut stone trimmings, and a red-tiled roof.
   
The twin Smiley brothers' birthday on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, is celebrated to this day; and their favorite flower, the pansy, is depicted in the mural to highlight those annually planted in the library's flower beds in their honor.
    
Sixth, seventh and eighth-grade members of Cope Builders Club and GATE sixth-grade students provided design input and painted the mural this school year under the direction of professional artist Ginger Peņa. The mural was funded by the Kiwanis Club of Redlands (Noon), which sponsors the Builders Club.
    
--Submitted by Emily Chase Bueermann, Kiwanis Club of Redlands liaison to the Cope Builders Club and Cope parent
Cope students plant orchard, create water garden during 'Kiwanis One Day' community service project
 
    The Kiwanis Club of Redlands (Noon) partnered with its youth-sponsored Cope Builders Club last Sat. March 15 to bring the much-anticipated "Kiwanis One Day" community service project to fruition. 

     The award-winning Cope jazz band provided energizing music as the Cope Middle School family and Kiwanians joined other community partners to plant an orchard and build a rock column water garden at the 50-year-old, former junior high school campus in Redlands, Calif.  
  
   The sixth, seventh and eighth grade Cope Eagles, led by members of the school's Builders Club and Associated Student Body (ASB), planted more than two dozen fruit trees donated by the Daniels family in honor of citrus grower Don Daniels.   Don's wife Alice and their son Dale watched with delight as teams of students quickly planted a variety of citrus, ranging from Minneola Tangelo, Valencia Orange, and Washington Navel Orange to Moro Blood Orange, Algerine Tangarine, and Satsuma Mandarine Orange.


Kiwanis Club of Redlands (Noon) members join artist Ginger Peņa at Cope Middle School in front of the club-funded "Postcards from Redlands" mural, featuring the club-sponsored Run Through Redlands postcard, which was designed with student input and painted by Cope Builders Club members and other students under Peņa's direction. Eighteen adult Kiwanians came to the school campus last Sat., March 15 to lend a hand and serve lunch to more than 100 students, parents, staff, neighbors and other community members during the "Kiwanis One Day" community service celebration.  Participants planted fruit trees to create a school orchard and built an adjacent  water garden. Members of the Cope Builders Club also conducted that day a car wash fundraiser for campus beautification, which their sponsor club, the Kiwanis Club of Redlands, helped to support.  Photo by Mark Buskirk.

Click Here for a '.pdf' of the Article about this project that appeared in the Redlands Daily Facts

Click Here for the article and photos of work on this project that appeared in the Press-Enterprise

 
    "We're happy to contribute to this wonderful opportunity for our youth to learn about the importance of agriculture to California and our country," said Alice. "This community service project jump starts our CWA chapter's celebration of National Ag Week, March 16 to 22."
 
    The Daniels family was joined by fellow members of the California Women for Agriculture, Inland Empire Chapter, including Sue Hills and her son Chuck, manager of Larry Jacinto Farming. Chuck provided support in the site preparation. Support for the orchard project also came from Parkview Nursery on Jackson Street in Riverside and Planet Orange/ING Direct.
 
        Eric Triplett, "The Pond Digger," and his foreman Brian Hoss guided the students and adult helpers with building a refreshing water garden featuring The Pond Digger's own brand of a five-piece, hand-crafted and custom-designed, rock column waterfall.
 
   The waterscape is situated in the orchard's focal corner, where two rows of fruit trees on each side of the water feature meet. The pondless waterfall provides the sights and sounds of a waterfall and stream, without a pond, said Triplett.
 
    "Instead of having a pond at the bottom of your waterfall or stream, a basin is excavated, lined with our rubber liner and filled with layers of stone and gravel," explained Triplett. "Once the basin is filled with water, the water is circulated by the pump, which is installed in the bottom of the pondless basin in a pump chamber. The water flows through the Waterfall filter, out of the one-of-a-kind rock columns," noted Triplett, "down a six-foot steam and into the pondless basin."
 
   The Kiwanians worked side-by-side with the youth to help build the water garden, plant the fruit trees, and serve refreshments, including sought-after tasty popcorn and flavorful snow cones. The mouth-watering, grilled hot dog lunch the Kiwanians cooked up was a big hit, too. Thanks go to Donna Farracone, the club's Sponsored Youth committee chair, for coordinating the food, and to president-elect George Barich for being the top hot dog chef.
 
   The festive atmosphere brought smiles to the Kiwanis members, and helped to accomplish the club's mission of  "serving the children of the world."
 
    According to Jack Steward, the club's Work Projects chair, "Kiwanis, through guidance and example, works to develop future generations of leaders. Our 'Kiwanis One Day' service project with Cope's Builders Club, ASB and the entire Cope School Family, illustrates what our club has offered the community for 85 years. We're enjoying every minute of seeing our youth learn the benefits of giving back to the community," Steward added, "and how it benefits everyone, including the giver, in the process."
 
    Steward chairs with Fred Williams the club's annual Pancake Breakfast, which is set from 7:30 to 11 a.m. April 5 and 6, during the 24th annual Redlands Bicycle Classic in downtown Redlands. Net proceeds from each $5 breakfast ticket are given back to the community by Kiwanis to support youth enrichment programs and projects such school garden grants.
 
    Kiwanis International chose April 5 this year to celebrate its Kiwanis One Day project; the Kiwanis Club of Redlands celebrated its Kiwanis One Day project March 15 because the club will sponsor its 63rd annual Pancake Breakfast April 5.
 
    Last Saturday's One Day service activities also included a student-run car wash to benefit campus beautification. The youngsters further learned about a supportive community when one passer-by donated $20 because of wanting to help their service project, and then passed on the car wash.
  
  Cope principal Kate Pearne, and assistant principal Jon Best are proud of their students for the teamwork they exhibited during the day-long project.
 
   "We are so grateful to Kiwanis and all of our community partners," said Pearne. "Our students are learning lifelong, valuable lessons as they leave their legacy of community service alongside these very giving adults."
 
    Also helping to direct the service project were Cope Builders Club faculty advisors Bobbi Korte, Richard Pena and Margaret Pietrzak, along with Emily Chase Bueermann, Kiwanis Club liaison and Cope parent.   
 
    "The Kiwanis Club of Redlands has a long history of supporting Cope Middle School through its works projects," said Bueermann, who also chairs the club's School Garden grant committee with Christopher Peterson. "Our 'Kiwanis One Day'' event at the middle school, in partnership with nearly 50 Builders Club members, generated a new awareness of the vital and understated work our club accomplishes on behalf of our youth; and left the youngsters with lasting memories, and an interest in joining Key Club in upcoming years."
 
    Thanks to all the Kiwanians who participated in this year's One Day project. They include: president-elect George Barich; Home, Hospital, and Support committee chair Loren Barnett; Rich Bawden; Emily and Jim Bueermann; secretary Donna Ferracone; assistant treasurer Dick Foerster; treasurer Rick Foster; Rich Hickey; Lynnette Johnson; Administration/Attendance committee co-chair Sue Patterson; Christopher Peterson; vice president-administration Jean Showalter; vice president-service Jack Steward; Membership chair Andrew Taube; Reception committee members Glenn Vernet and Judy Westcott; and Bruce Wick.
 
Article by Emily Chase Bueermann, (909) 798-6150