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Summarized by Michael Nielsen

Mormons give Catholics boost

TUCSON, ARIZONA -- A Catholic school in Tucson is receiving help from the LDS Church. In order to commemorate the settling of the Salt Lake Valley in 1847, the LDS Church engages in community service projects. This year, 100 volunteers in Tucson painted and cleaned Sata Cruz Catholic School on 22nd Street and South Sixth Avenue.

"We wanted to do something that would be meaningful and would make a difference to the community," said Clint Parry, project organizer. "They don't have a whole lot of money, and they don't have the manpower to get all of this stuff done."

The project was sorely needed as Santa Cruz, which serves an economically impoverished part of Tucson, has only a part-time maintenance worker. There simply is too much work to be done for a single, part-time worker to manage it all. The volunteers cleaned the grounds and made more long-lasting improvements to the building, such as installing doors and wall paneling.

Planning for the project began last year, when Mormons called the Tucson city office to locate worthy projects. A city employee whose child attends the school suggested that Santa Cruz would benefit from the assistance. The school struggles because its tuition is less than the actual cost of education.

Arnold Robles, the maintenance worker at Santa Cruz, said that it paid about $1,000 for materials, but estimated that labor for the improvements would have cost several thousand dollars. "We're really grateful to these people," he said.


Mormons give Catholics boost
Tucson AZ Citizen 22Jul00 D1
By Eric Weslander: Citizen Staff Writer
About 100 Volunteers work on improving the grounds at Santa Cruz Catholic School.


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