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Youth : News for the 18-and-under crowd : LAGUNA BEACH : 2 Students Win Public Service Grants

November 03, 1995

Two sophomores at Laguna Beach High School received grants Wednesday to start community service programs.

Charise Greene and Jason Baladi were awarded $500 each at the school's annual Community Spirit Day assembly.

The Laguna Beach Unified School District requires that each high school student perform 40 hours of community services before graduation.

Wednesday's assembly was organized to give an opportunity to groups from Laguna Beach and nearby cities to explain to students at the high school how they might work together.

To encourage volunteer activities further, the fund-raising organization School Power decided to give grants for expanded projects to students who have already shown their skills at community service, Chris Krach, who coordinates the community service program, said.

"When I was looking for the students and going through the files, I was trying to [find] someone who showed some leadership and get up and go, so they can plan a project," Krach said.

"I'm pretty sure these two students are going to think hard on this and come up with some valuable thing."

--COMPILED BY LESLIE EARNEST AND DEBRA CANO

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